Yes, not one but two incidents where Nazi’s, politics and face masks are conflated…
Raphaela Mueller saw a couple wearing swastika masks in a Minnesota Walmart, and she had to say something.
“I never knew that I’d see this with my own eyes. But we have to be aware and be prepared to step in.”
Mueller was born in Germany, and her great grandmother fought in the resistance against Nazis during the 1930s and 40s. Her personal history compelled her to speak out against the use of the hate symbol, she told Don Lemon on CNN,
“I thought to myself that if I don’t say something now, what did my great grandmother risk her life for all those years fighting against the first wave of Nazis?”
Mueller and her partner, Benjamin Ruesch, were in a Walmart in Marshall Saturday, the same day an executive order requiring masks in all public places and businesses took effect.
When they saw the unidentified man and woman checking out their groceries with swastika masks draped across their faces, Ruesch began confronting and recording the couple.
“You’re sick … You have an illness. You can’t wear that mask. You cannot. We literally had a war about this. You’re wearing a swastika!”
The woman wearing the mask responded,
“I’m not a Nazi. I’m trying to show you what’s going to happen in America. If you vote for (Joe) Biden you’re gonna be in Nazi Germany. That’s what it’s going to be like.”
The man with her added,
“We’re living under a socialist state.”
“That was one of the most shocking parts of all of this, that she was so proud to, to be wearing a mask like that.”
The video has brought international attention to the town, with the mayor telling CNN affiliate WCCO people have been reaching out to him from near and far.
Mayor Bob Byrnes said in a statement,
“The incident that played out on Saturday was just a small snapshot and is not reflective of the entire picture of Marshall.
We were surprised it unfolded at all anywhere in Minnesota. It’s unfortunate that it happened in our community,”
Marshall Police told the Star Tribune that they served a 59-year-old man and 64-year-old woman with trespass notices at the Walmart and warned them they would be arrested if they returned. The two left without incident and charges were not pursued.
“The couple has been banned from Walmart for a year.”
The disturbing display comes on the heels of a report by the Anti-Defamation League of antisemitic incidents on the rise.
Racist couple in Marshall, MN wearing swastikas on their mask at Walmart pic.twitter.com/sBgHr6ILC0— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 25, 2020
Minnesota Republican County Official Resigns After Posting Image Comparing Mask Wearing to Nazi Germany
A Minnesota Republican Party county official has resigned after posting an image on Facebook comparing mask mandates to Jews being forced to wear Stars of David in Nazi Germany.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan confirmed the official’s resignation in a statement on Tuesday. Earlier, she had repeated a lower ranking official’s assertion that the Wabasha County Republican Party’s Facebook page had been hacked — an assertion that she retracted on Tuesday evening.
“The Republican Party of Minnesota has learned the Wabasha County Facebook page was not hacked last night, as believed by the Wabasha County Chair. The offensive picture was unfortunately posted by a board member who has resigned effective immediately at the party’s request.”
She added that the state party as well as the county board
“apologizes for this disappointing post.”
Disappointing?! Well, anyway the post is gone now, and Carnahan asked the person responsible to resign.
The individual who posted the image has not been publicly named.
Jewish Community Action, a Minnesota activist group, posted a screenshot of the image on Monday in a tweet slamming the post.It featured a black and white image of a Nazi officer and a man wearing a six-pointed Star of David — which those of the Jewish faith were required to wear as identification in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. The image was captioned,
“Just put on the star and quit complaining, it’s not that hard… Just put on the mask and stop complaining.”
The group tweeted Monday.
Given that Minnesota rabbis recently spoke out in favor of a mask mandate, comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting. We ask the @MNGOP to tell Wabasha Republicans to stop using imagery like this. It betrays a total lack of both empathy and education.”
On Saturday, Minnesota began requiring its citizens to wear masks in all indoor businesses in line with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s order.
Given that Minnesota rabbis recently spoke out in favor of a mask mandate, comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting. We ask the @MNGOP to tell Wabasha Republicans to stop using imagery like this. It betrays a total lack of both empathy and education. pic.twitter.com/xGMT3cUvvo— Jewish Community Action (@JCA_MN) July 27, 2020