The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is drawing fire from a variety of officials, Jewish organizations and even the state’s governor after posting a tweet that compared the idea of “vaccine passports” to the yellow stars that Jewish people were mandated to wear during the Holocaust.
“Are the vaccine passports going to be yellow, shaped like a star, and sewn on our clothes?” the party tweeted out on Monday.
Comparing vaccines to the Holocaust is shameful. This group should stop politicizing the pandemic and apologize – there is no place for anti-Semitism in Kentucky. ^ABhttps://t.co/WS7JdaD4lS
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) March 30, 2021
Louisville Rabbi Robert Slosberg was among those who reacted publicly, telling the Louisville Herald-Leader that the tweet was “just not appropriate.”
“It’s not intellectually correct. It’s very difficult to argue against something that is nonsensical. And this argument is nonsense.”
The Herald-Leader notes: Slosberg said he didn’t want to be dismissive of people’s concerns about vaccinations and how to determine who has been vaccinated. But he wanted the debate to be “intellectual,” and comparing the issue to the Holocaust was “kind of sick.”
“When we can’t come up with a good, intellectual debate, we go low,” Slosberg told the paper. “There’s no connection whatsoever. None. Zero. Oppose it, that’s fine. But pulling in the Holocaust kind of says to me, ‘well, we’re out of arguments, and we don’t know what to say.’”
Another Rabbi from Lexington charged that this was not the first time that the Libertarian Party of Kentucky had engaged in what he termed “Holocaust Denial”:
This morning the Kentucky LP released a series of tweets to clarify their position, respond to critics, and further pledge the party’s opposition to the notion of the government requiring vaccination records for certain forms of travel or to engage in certain activities.
“This is a fight worth having. Our tweet the other day, while it may have been insensitive especially, considering the timing of passover, was in no way antisemitic,” the party tweeted. “We fight hard against this because the holocaust was evil and we want to prevent atrocities like it.”
The other day we wrote a tweet that went viral and got a lot of attention. Over the past 48 hours, our party has been smeared as antisemitic.
Was it the most polished tweet? No. We even got the comparison backwards. It did however start a conversation that needed to be had. 1/5
— Libertarian Party of Kentucky (@lpky) March 31, 2021