“If my sticker falls off, do I get a new one or do I get public shaming too?” Ben Carpenter, a Republican, wrote on Friday, sharing his dismay at a new requirement for legislators returning to the Alaska Capitol amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Are the stickers available as a yellow Star of David?”
The backlash was swift: “Ben, this is disgusting,” one Jewish representative wrote back in emails first posted by the Alaska Landmine . “I don’t think a tag that we’re cleared to enter the building is akin to being shipped to a concentration camp,” responded another. The leader of the state House’s Republican delegation said Mr Carpenter should apologise.
But Mr Carpenter dug in.
“Can you or I - can we even say it is totally out of the realm of possibility that Covid-19 patients will be rounded up and taken somewhere?” he said later in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News , arguing that officials are overreacting to the coronavirus with limits on people’s liberty. “People want to say Hitler was a white supremacist. No. He was fearful of the Jewish nation, and that drove him into some unfathomable atrocities.”
This is dangerous idiocy.