The Libertarian Party of Kentucky was widely condemned by political officials, Jewish groups, and others after comparing proposed “vaccination certificates” to the yellow stars that Jewish people were supposed to wear during the Holocaust.
“Will the vaccination records be yellow, star-shaped, and sewn onto our clothing?” The party tweeted on Monday.
Will the vaccination records be yellow, star-shaped, and sewn onto our clothing?
– Libertarian Party of Kentucky (@lpky) March 29, 2021
Vaccination records, as introduced in New York, are digital documents with a QR code on a mobile phone that contains proof of vaccination.
With the vaccination record, companies and local governments could require people to show they received a coronavirus vaccine in order to gain access to certain activities, buildings or events.
Andy Beshear (D), governor of Kentucky, described the comparison of the Libertarian Party as “shameful”.
“There’s no place for anti-Semitism in Kentucky,” added Beshear.
Comparing vaccines to the Holocaust is shameful. This group should stop politicizing the pandemic and apologizing – there is no place for anti-Semitism in Kentucky. ^ ABhttps: //t.co/WS7JdaD4lS
– Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) March 30, 2021
The Kentucky Democratic Party said the comments were “incomprehensible and unacceptable,” accusing the libertarian party of “grossly harming the Kentucky Jewish community” and trying to “reverse the necessary advances in our collective fight against COVID-19.”
The comments made by the Libertarian Party of Kentucky comparing the Covid-19 vaccine to the Holocaust are incomprehensible and unacceptable. Using the Holocaust as a punchline for a political statement serves only two purposes: Kentucky’s …
– Kentucky Democrats (@KyDems) March 30, 2021
Mike Lonergan, the Kentucky Republican Party’s communications director, said Tuesday that the state-run GOP “will always condemn this type of hateful and extreme rhetoric.”
Good thing we beat @DeanSchamore and most of the other @KYDems last year. We are also grateful President TrumpDonald Trump’s Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Seeks Expanded Administration, Tax Hikes Georgia Voting Lines are rooted in the midst of the Justice Department’s weakened battle and be admin. for Operation Warp Speed, which resulted in the fastest development of a vaccine in modern history. (2/2) https://t.co/eWQd24qdkD
– Mike Lonergan (@ mikelonergan85) March 30, 2021
The tweet was also criticized by Jewish organizations. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, shared a picture of the tweet on Tuesday, calling it “an ignorant and shameful comparison.”
“The Holocaust was one of the darkest periods in our history, losing millions of lives and not a word to throw around to fit a narrative,” he said.
This is an ignorant and shameful comparison.
The Holocaust was one of the darkest periods in our history, with millions of people killed, not a word to throw around to fit a narrative.
The @lpky has to remove this tweet and apologize for this terrible misjudgment. pic.twitter.com/6NCa2QKmFE
– Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) March 30, 2021
Some Jews in areas of Europe were forced to wear the yellow Star of David badge under Nazi Germany in the early twentieth century, a few years before World War II.
The Libertarian Party of Kentucky claimed Tuesday that its previous message had “started a conversation that needed to be held”. Calling the tweet “insensitive”, the party noted that Jewish people around the world celebrate Passover, but denied that the message was anti-Semitic.
The other day we wrote a tweet that went viral and got a lot of attention. For the past 48 hours, our party has been smeared as anti-Semitic.
Was it the most polished tweet? No, we even got the comparison backwards. However, a conversation began that had to be held. 1/5
– Libertarian Party of Kentucky (@lpky) March 31, 2021
This is a fight that is worth it.
Our tweet the other day wasn’t anti-Semitic in any way, although it may have been particularly insensitive given the timing of Passover.
We are fighting hard against it because the Holocaust was evil and we want to prevent such atrocities. 3/5
– Libertarian Party of Kentucky (@lpky) March 31, 2021
Republicans across the country have also criticized the use of vaccination records.
Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Called the use of such medical documents “Biden’s mark of the beast” on Monday after claiming the Biden government required that all vaccinated Americans be documented.
However, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive Things to See on Biden’s Infrastructure Map The battle for vaccination passes rages on in Biden to reveal MORE trillion infrastructure proposals backed on Tuesday against similar claims, stating that the Biden administration would not require vaccination of the American public or documentation of their vaccinations.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Seeks Expanded Government And Tax Hikes In Fury Over Vaccine Passes Marjorie Taylor Greene Blasts COVID-19 Vaccination Passes: ‘Biden’s Mark Of The Beast’ MORE (R) pledged on Monday to take executive action against vaccination records.
“We always said we wanted to make it available for everyone, but not for anyone,” DeSantis said back in Tallahassee. “And that was something that was recommended, especially if you are vulnerable, but we didn’t mean to force you to.”