Josh Mandel, a Republican Senate candidate in Ohio, railed against President Joe Bidenâ€™s new COVID-19 vaccine mandates in a video thatâ€™s been slammed as â€œbeyond the paleâ€ by Jewish advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League.
Mandel said his blood was â€œboiling in rageâ€ and Biden was â€œtrampling on our freedomâ€ with the additional measures the president announced this week in a bid to end the pandemic.
Mandel urged Americans not to comply â€œwith the tyrannyâ€ in the clip, which was filmed next to a cornfield with a gigantic â€œTRUMPâ€ sign. â€œAnd when the Gestapo turn up at your door, you know what to do,â€ he added, a line that critics suggested was inciting violence.
The ADL fiercely condemned the comments of Mandel, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the race to replace ï»¿retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R).
â€œBeing asked to wear a mask or take an FDA-approved vaccine is not equivalent to the actions of the Gestapo in Nazi-era Germany or the systemic annihilation of an entire group of people,â€ wrote the group.
â€œThese comparisons are beyond the pale and need to stop,â€ it added.
The American Jewish Committee said it was â€œdisgracefulâ€ that Mandel, who is Jewish, â€œwould use this hateful rhetoric to score political points.â€
â€œThis statement is deeply offensive and trivializes the horrors of the Holocaust,â€ the committee added. â€œMandel should know better.â€
Others agreed, including Mandelâ€™s possible election rival Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio).
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