COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine said he is deeply concerned by an anti-Semitic sign held during a recent protest outside Ohio’s statehouse.
DeWine called the sign vile and disgusting.
He also condemned State Senator Andrew Brenner for comparing Dr. Amy Acton's actions to fight coronavirus to those taken by the Nazis in Germany during World War II.
The recent Internet post by Ohio State Senator Andrew Brenner, likening Ohio’s Department of Health Director’s actions to fight coronavirus to those taken by the Nazis in Germany during World War II, must also be condemned.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) April 23, 2020
Any complaints about the policy of this administration need to be directed at me. I am the office holder, and I appointed the Director. Ultimately, I am responsible for the decisions in regard to the coronavirus. The buck stops with me.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) April 23, 2020
Other members of the State Legislature slammed Brenner's remarks.
“Only sick logic could connect Ohio’s policy of saving thousands of lives during this crisis with Nazi Germany’s final solution of destroying six million lives,” Reps. Casey Weinstein and David Leland said.
“To make this comparison any day of the year, let alone on Holocaust Remembrance Day, is outright reprehensible. For anyone to think this was acceptable behavior is alarming, most of all a state senator elected to serve Ohioans of all religions and backgrounds,” said Minority Leader Emilia Sykes.
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