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Kansas newspaper's post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people...

7/5/2020 1:31:00 AM

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is denouncing a newspaper's post of a cartoon criticizing her face-mask order. It depicts Kelly wearing a mask with a Jewish Star of David on it, next to an image of people being loaded onto train cars.

TOPEKA , Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people...

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

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The cartoon on the Anderson County Review’s Facebook page depicts Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a mask with a Jewish Star of David on it, next to a drawing of people being loaded onto train cars. Its caption is, “Lockdown Laura says: Put on your mask ... and step onto the cattle car.”

The newspaper posted the cartoon on Friday, the day that Kelly’saimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus took effect. It’s drawn several hundred comments, many of them strongly critical.ADVERTISEMENTPublisher Dane Hicks, who is also Anderson County’s GOP chairman, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he would answer emailed questions about the cartoon once he could reach a computer. His newspaper is based in the county seat of Garnett, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City and has a circulation of about 2,100, according to the Kansas Press Association.

Kelly, who is Catholic, issued a statement saying, “Mr. Hicks’ decision to publish anti-Semitic imagery is deeply offensive and he should remove it immediately.”Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, called the cartoon “appalling” and disgusting” and said anyone connected to its posting to be fired.

Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action, said most if not all comparisons of current political events to the Holocaust are “odious” and said it’s “incoherent” to equate an action designed to save lives with mass murder. Finally, he said, putting the Star of David on Kelly’s mask is anti-Semitic because it implies “nefarious Jews” are behind her actions.

“This thing is like the trifecta of garbage,” Rieber said, calling on Republican leaders to repudiate the cartoon and Hicks immediately.Some Republicans have criticized Kelly’s order as infringing on personal liberties, though Kansas law allows counties to opt out and Anderson County has done so.

The governor issued the order because of resurgence in reported coronavirus cases that increased the state’s total to nearly 16,000 as of Friday, when Kansas finishedits worst two-week spikesince the pandemic began. The state has reported 277 COVID-19-related deaths. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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State GOP Chairman Mike Kuckelman, spending the holiday in the Missouri Ozarks, did not immediately respond to a text containing the cartoon and seeking comment.Hicks previously criticized Kelly infor taking a “one-size-fits-all approach to reopening what he called the state’s “bureaucracy-hammered” economy.

ADVERTISEMENTlifted statewide restrictionson businesses and public gatherings on May 26 after weeks of criticism from the Republican-controlled Legislature that she was moving too slowly to reopen the state’s economy. Some conservative GOP lawmakers also have accused her of being heavy-handed and even dictatorial in responding to the pandemic.

Anderson County, with about 7,900 residents, is part of a conservative swath of eastern Kansas. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 2-to-1 and President Donald Trump carried it with nearly 73% of the vote in 2016.The state health department has reported only four coronavirus cases for Anderson County, all of them since May 8. There have been no reported deaths there.

County Commission Chairman Jerry Howarter said of the more than 70 people who showed up to its meeting on the mask mandate Friday, all but one opposed it. He said he had not seen the cartoon. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Blk_Intellect What fuck is wrong with that woman? It seems they removed it, and this is a statement on the matter from the author: I love watching liberals go apoplectic. But they are “ good people” they profess to be “Christian” people. Is this what Jesus would do? Remember now... HE was a Jew. Absurd to compare wearing a face mask to protect yourself, and others, to the Jewish people killed during the Holocaust. Shame on you Dana Hicks and to anyone who thinks this is funny.

Cortlynn_Stark Get a grip Kansans. If you think this in any way, shape or form resembles the holocaust, you need to re visit world history She may be offended we call her a Nazi. WE’RE offended she IS one. But, it's art. So it's ok. Wtf is wrong with people 'An N-95 mask filters out particulate matter larger than .3 microns. So the question then is how big is a COVID particle. A COVID particle is about .1 micron....this idea of people doing anything particularly useful w...a mask is just LOONEY TUNES.' - Sen. Dr. Scott Jenson, M.D.

I think it’s just that the hillbilly redneck Trump supporters don’t own any masks OMG. Wow ... that's nasty German propaganda garbage! Drama Queens Unacceptable! I agree, the cartoon is in poor taste; however I believe many are reading way too much into it. I believe the intent was to convey the 'shut up and comply' and 'do not question' message similar to what happened in Nazi Germany.

That is appalling I hope subscribers cancel their subscriptions to the news paper that printed this op/ed All you non believers go on a cruise together Some people are just too stupid. They need to understand that freedom comes with social responsibilities. A mask should be something to unite all Americans that we are looking out for each other. Instead politicians weaponized it and look at where we are now. Sad

Strangely... masks work for every other country but the US. Odd. Typical Republican swine, don’t expect better of them, they can’t help it. TeresaMWalker AliPureSlovin It must have hit too close to home Wow there's a shock. Racism and antisemitism from no-mask Trumpies. Standard GOP attack. Always feeding outrage and anti-semitism. In 2009 I watched this happen in my city. People would stand outside post office holding placards with Obama made to look like Hitler.

Stay klassy KS... I see a cartoon depicting a party-decorated doorway leading into a slaughterhouse. Outside the door is a line of people not wearing face masks with wagging tongues waiting to get inside. In the background, the governor wearing a face-mask bows her head. I just don't get what's so hard about wearing a mask.

facebook response in part: 'We looked over the photo, and though it doesn't go against one of our specific Community Standards, we understand that it may still be offensive to you and others.' Oh, Kansas! Never change. Reach out to their advertisers. As a Kansan, I’m horrified, embarrassed, sad and disgusted by ignorant people.

TheOldOlaf Despicable rickhasen Who owns the paper? Ridiculous and outrageous How insensitive and disrespectful to be comparing the two. Don’t want to wear a mask during a pandemic stay home! Sane country you got there. Wth This country is SOOOOOO completely out of control BECAUSE of TRUMP pumping the racism card & fanning flames of hate & violence. Why is this happening Why is he getting AWAY with this & destroying our country and allowing people to die by ignoring COVID & turning his back on us.

Remember Gov Laura, it's NOT a vaccine, its a GMO Injection The WH and national leadership should condemn this collectively. But we have Trump in the WH so don’t expect him and the GOP to do the right thing. This piece posted by the Anderson County Review newspaper is horribly anti-Semitic and should be removed. ADL MCHEKC bigsoniamovie

For more on Medical Ethics and the Holocaust . . . Damn I think maybe you need to crack a book and read about some history I need to see how insane your comment sounds!GOPCrazies Data does NOT support what the Democrats are doing. If you get the virus you have an over 99% chance of recovery. The mortality rate is only 0.26%, that is less than 1%.You are more likely to die of something else! OPEN everything. it was a mistake to shutdown, faulty data spewed

Wow, a Republican created an anti-semantic, anti-science conspiracy laden cartoon. Not really news though cause that’s all the Republican Party is anymore. Literally the worst people on the planet jentaub I’m sure SenTedCruz will denounce this. It unmasked a lot of assholes. Trump’s Republican Party. Imagine these ignorant, bigoted, hypocritical snowflakes dealing with anything even vaguely resembling actual oppression.

The editorial board and the cartoonist need to apologize and resign. ‘My body, my choice’ in the context of masking in public, is the same as ‘Your body, my choice.’ Sign language: 🖕. No defense. You cannot reason with people like that. There is free speech and there can be consequences. Time to pay the piper

Horrible This kind of propaganda is distasteful, disgraceful and disgusting! Can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Support of germ warfare on your citizen deserves harsh treatment. Should be recalled. The Right sure does love to label other people anti-Semites while simultaneously employing anti-Semitic and Nazi propaganda.

Not surprising because Kansas still has the number of people dead from coronavirus in hundreds. Republicans can't conceptualise the future, can't see what might happen. That's why they are called conservative (people unable to conceptualise a future better than the present). Snowflake That is horrible.

gdanehicks LauraKellyKS Mr. Hicks: My relatives DIED in those cattle cars & were murdered by WWII Nazis. My Ancestors fought & died in WWII to defeat Nazis. Wearing a mask to protect against virus is NOT Nazism. No USA politics r like Nazis. July4th20 Disgusting. Should be removed from office immediately.

Wow Somebody thought that up, and then somebody thought to print it in a newspaper — comparing wearing a mask during a viral pandemic, to the systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Impressive. MAGATS no no boundaries. They are scum of earth so they dip as low as they can So freaking ironic. It just shows you, always a contingent to support fascism (cloaked in “constitutional” rights). We must remain vigilant!!

That’s not a newspaper it’s a weekly propaganda manifesto You know what’s a good idea? Washing your hands after your poop. Beyond appalling. Horrific. Is the shoe fits Karen... Disgusting! Media fail. Dear BLM, Where would you be today without slavery? Eating grasshoppers and sitting in your thatch hut. Why are so many soft individuals unwilling to wear a mask? Are they so physically unfit that it makes breathing too difficult? Are they afraid that it will make them look weak? I can’t think of anything more weak than protesting the wearing of a mask.

So disgusting , to compare 6 million Human Beings being murdered to wearing a mask , f**k that newspaper 😠 Damnit Kansas. In a race with Alabama, Kentucky, Florida for best dumpster fire award Beasts in human flesh. The Republican Party should be denouncing it unless they want to be seen as completely out of touch with reality.

I think people who don't wear masks dying is A ok. It actually should help the world in general. Die, please keep trying harder to die. I'm cool with the maskless filling graves. It's the 'essential' workers who I'm worried about suffering for it. This is beyond fucking appalling... Beyond it being pure hate speech it seeks to equate mass murder with SAVING peoples lives... Whoever created it is stupid and ignorant beyond words... 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

And we're supposed to support 'local newspapers' because they serve such a vital purpose? No thanks! Wtf? They love to project Perhaps someone from the AuschwitzMuseum should give an educational call to The Anderson County Review editor in chief. Conservative fragility. It’s real. We’ve gotta talk about it.

Every other governor should publicly align with Kellly's stance on this. GovAbbott . Any one who won't is a NAZI sympathizer. No shoes, no shirt, no service is apparently equivalent to the Holocaust. You can count on any member of the Republican party to find new lows in which to mine for repugnant and dumb as shit references.

Republicans are bottom feeders. GOPCesspool TrumpSwamp RepublicansAreTheProblem The Anderson County Review Wow that is horrible!! Racism is alive and well in America. WTF

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Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could slash infections and save economy from a 5% hitA federal face mask mandate could save the U.S. economy from taking a 5% GDP hit in lieu of additional lockdowns, according to Goldman Sachs. Maybe TraitorTrump would mandate if it meant stealing more money from us on his way out the WH door. Measuring success in dollars instead of lives is what the fuck is wrong with this country Learning to vote will help also.....

No Federal Mandates For Masks On Planes Or Empty Middle SeatsThe Trump administration is urging airlines to leave some seats empty on planes — but has stopped short of requiring it. Federal COVID-19 guidelines also encourage all passengers to wear masks. Again, the administration won't mandate it. Without mandates nothing will happen Trum is crazy ! pnOnTwitter can we please vote in people who will take this seriously