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Washington State GOP Rep Wears Yellow Star Of David

Washington State Rep. Jim Walsh (R), critical of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, wore a yellow Star of David at a speech over the weekend — a symbol the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.
Washington State GOP Rep Wears Yellow Star Of David
Image from: Screengrab/Jim Walsh

This sickening trend among Republicans is repugnant, of course, but they keep doing it, seemingly oblivious to how offensive this is. I don't get it.

Source: Seattle Times

A Washington state lawmaker critical of COVID-19 vaccine mandates wore a yellow Star of David at a speech over the weekend — a symbol the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.

State Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, had the star affixed to his pink shirt during a speech to conservative activists at a Lacey church basketball gym on Saturday.

“It’s an echo from history,” Walsh wrote on a Facebook page where a video of the event was posted. “In the current context, we’re all Jews.”

"We're all Jews."

The misappropriation of the infamous star symbol — used to identify Jews first for exclusion, and then for extermination — was criticized as deeply offensive by a local Holocaust education leader.

“Our government is making an effort to protect their own citizens, not kill them,” said Dee Simon, Baral Family executive director of the Seattle-based Holocaust Center for Humanity, which works to teach people about Nazi Germany’s murder of 6 million Jews during World War II. “It not only trivializes it, it distorts history.”

UPDATE: Walsh has since apologized, saying “This gesture went too far,” Walsh told KTTH’s Jason Rantz. “It was inappropriate and offensive. I’m terribly sorry that it happened and that I was a part of it.”

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