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Lawmakers ask House Republican to apologize after comparing Lamont to Hitler |  Connecticut News

(WFSB) – A state official is in the hot seat after comparing the governor to Adolf Hitler on Facebook and doubling down on his comments.

Representative Anne Dauphinais criticizes the governor’s extension of his emergency powers, as well as the vaccination mandate.

Now she refuses to apologize for her comments.

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In the Facebook post where she defended herself, she described it all as “dictatorial madness”.

She went on to say:

“This governor, with the help of the one-party regime that we have in this state right now, seized dictatorial powers for almost 2 full years when this last extension expires. Hitler too was an authorized dictator by the government. regime. of the single Nazi party. “

Dauphinais said Lamont “isolates us from our workplaces by forcing people to make unwanted medical choices in order to keep their jobs, pay off their mortgages and feed their families.”

She also cited several quotes from sources in the Jewish Virtual Library, as well as the Holocaust Encyclopedia website, comparing Lamont’s vaccination mandate for state employees, teachers and contractors at the time. where Hitler forced Jewish government employees to retire and banned Jews from public service, these with questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine until the time when the Germans would burn books considered ” a non-German spirit ”, among others.

In her post, Dauphinais said she was called by one or more anonymous people for her previous comment, adding:

“My comments were neither anti-Semitic nor factually inaccurate.”

She did, however, clarify her initial comment, which was not immediately available, saying:

“I want to take this opportunity not to apologize but to clarify to Governor Lamont, as I was not clear that I meant he was acting like Hitler in the early 1930s – to this day he has not called to put the unvaccinated in camps. “

The governor’s emergency powers have been extended six times, saying that while we have come a long way, we are not out of the woods yet.

“There is something called Delta. It hit and hit hard, forcing a lot of rule changes coming from the federal government,” Lamont said.

Republican lawmakers and some Democrats have challenged the governor’s many extensions of emergency powers, which include requiring masks in places like schools and funding for the state’s immunization campaign.

“What you want is the voice of the people to be at the table and this is a very problematic precedent,” said Senator Kevin Kelly.

Le Dauphinais’ representative also looked at the governor’s vaccine mandate, which requires state officials to vaccinate or undergo weekly tests.

In her message, she says …

“This governor is dividing us, calling on those who are vaccinated to discriminate against those who are not.”

So far, twelve state employees have been dismissed for refusing to comply.

In a statement, the governor’s director of communications rebuked the words of the representative of the Dauphinais, saying …

“The representative’s comments are disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful to the history and memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Such anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in state government, and has no place in our public discourse.

The Connecticut chapter of the Anti Defamation League also speaks on this subject. In a statement, they say:

“To compare our governor to Hitler is offensive and ignores the evil of the Holocaust. We call on Representative Dauphanais to apologize and educate herself so that she can understand the harm her words cause. Such reckless analogies on the part of an elected official exploit the experiences of Holocaust survivors, and they belittle and delegitimize the memory of the victims. Learn more about how and why Holocaust analogies can be disrespectful to victims, survivors and their descendants here. “

House Speaker Matt Ritter (R) made a statement in response to the Dauphinais’ comments:

“This is part of a disturbing trend on the far right to abandon decency, decorum, fact and history for offensive, racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Occasional comments from Representative Dauphinais – joined by Representative’s recent speech Mastrofrancesco comparing wearing masks to the murder of George Floyd – must be called out by other Republican members of the General Assembly Republicans must look in the mirror: is this your party?

Senate Democrats have referred Eyewitness News to House Democrats, since the Dauphinais is a member of the House.

We have reached out to Republicans in the House and Senate, but they have yet to return our request for comment.

At the last check-up, about ninety-eight percent of state employees accepted the vaccination mandate. About a thousand do not comply.

The last extension of the governor’s emergency powers lasts until February.

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