A Minnesota Republican county official has resigned at her own party’s request after posting on Facebook an image comparing the requirement to wear masks to Jews being forced to wear Stars of David by the Nazis, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said that "The offensive picture was unfortunately posted by a board member who has resigned effective immediately at the party's request," emphasizing that "Our party does not support/condone divisive and harmful posts or language of this nature."
She added that the state party and county board "apologizes for this disappointing post," which she called "vitriolic."
The state GOP had earlier asserted that the party’s Facebook page was hacked before concluding that this information was false and that, indeed, it was a party member who had posted the image.
Earlier in the week, Jewish Community Action had posted a screenshot of the image in a tweet harshly criticizing the post, stating, “Given that Minnesota rabbis recently spoke out in favor of a mask mandate, comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting. We ask the @MNGOP to tell Wabasha Republicans to stop using imagery like this. It betrays a total lack of both empathy and education."
Minnesota began on Saturday requiring the state's residents to wear masks in all indoor businesses by order of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz.
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