A Connecticut lawmaker compared Gov. Ned Lamont to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler over the state’s vaccine policy, saying “this is no longer land of the free.”
State Rep. Anne Dauphinais, a vocal critic of Lamont, likened the Democrat to the genocidal dictator who killed millions of European Jews and others between 1933 and 1945 over Lamont’s COVID-19 vaccine policy for state employees, the Hartford Courant reported.
“King Lamont aka Hitler dictating what we must inject into our bodies to feed our family!” Dauphinais wrote in a reply late Thursday to a Facebook post by CT News Junkie.
The outlet was reporting on Lamont’s requirement that state employees be vaccinated against the deadly virus or submit to weekly testing. Some 2.2 percent of state workers had not complied with the mandate, the outlet reported.
Dauphinais then doubled down in a subsequent Facebook post Friday, claiming Lamont was calling on vaccinated people to discriminate against their unvaccinated counterparts.
“Segregating us from our workplaces coercing people to make unwanted medical choices in order to keep their jobs, pay their mortgages and feed their families,” Dauphinais wrote in a lengthy post. “This is no longer land of the free.”
Dauphinais claimed her remarks were neither anti-Semitic nor factually inaccurate, insisting Lamont had used “dictatorial powers” to force healthy children to wear restrictive and “dehumanizing” masks in schools despite them being “minimal spreaders” of the virus that has killed more than 713,000 Americans as of Monday.
“This Governor, with the help of the one-party rule we have in this state right now, has taken dictatorial powers for himself for what will be almost 2 full years when this latest extension expires,” Dauphinais wrote in the post. “Hitler too was a dictator enabled by the rule of the single Nazi party.”
Dauphinais also accused Lamont of using his office to force state workers to take the “experimental” vaccine with unclear side effects while calling on those who comply to out others who do not.
“This dictatorial madness must stop,” wrote Dauphinais, a Republican who represents the towns of Killingly and Plainfield.
“Nonetheless, I do want to take this opportunity to not apologize but clarify to Governor Lamont, for I was not clear that I meant that he was acting like Hitler in the early 1930s – to date, he has not called for putting the unvaccinated in camps.”
Dauphinais declined to elaborate when reached Saturday, the Courant reported.
Lamont’s communications director told The Post on Monday Dauphinais’ remarks were “disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful” to the victims of the Holocaust.
“The representative’s comments are disgusting, repulsive, and disrespectful to the history and memory of victims of the Holocaust. Such anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in state government, and no place in our public discourse.”
The Anti-Defamation League in Connecticut had called on Dauphinais to apologize following her initial reply comparing Lamont to Hitler on CT News Junkie’s Facebook page, the outlet reported Friday.
“Comparing our governor to Hitler is offensive and ignores the evil of the Holocaust,” ADL Connecticut director Steve Ginsburg said. “We call on Rep. Dauphanais to apologize and educate herself so she can understand the harm her words cause. Such reckless analogies from an elected official exploit the experiences of Holocaust survivors, and they cheapen and delegitimize the memory of victims.”
The state’s House speaker, Matt Ritter, blasted Dauphanais comments’ as anti-Semitic while comparing them to another statement made last month by Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco (R-Wolcott) on the House floor when she invoked George Floyd’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — when referencing mask requirements, CT News Junkie reported.
“This is part of a disturbing trend on the far right to abandon decency, decorum, facts, and history for offensive, racist, and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Ritter said in a statement. “Rep. Dauphinais’ casual Hitler comments — joined with the recent floor speech of Rep. Mastrofrancesco comparing wearing masks to George Floyd’s murder — must be called out by other Republican members of the General Assembly. Republicans need to look in the mirror: Is this your party?”