A Republican state lawmaker in Idaho is under fire for comparing the temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses to Jewish people in the Holocaust who were sent by train to concentration camps.
District 1 Republican Representative Heather Scott made the comments in at least two recorded interviews this month with hosts of podcasts and other shows posted to YouTube, reports KXLY.
During an interview with Defending Utah Radio on April 14, Scott questioned the power of Idaho Republican Governor Brad Little and said his order deeming which businesses are essential is unconstitutional.
“And when you have government telling you that your business is essential or non-essential, yours is non-essential and someone else’s is essential, we have a problem there,” Scott said. “I mean, that’s no different than Nazi Germany where you had government telling people either you were an essential worker or a non-essential worker, and non-essential workers got put on a train.”
Scott appeared to be referencing the trains that Nazis used to forcibly deport Jews, and other victims of the Holocaust, to concentration camps where millions were exterminated.
Scott made a similar reference two days later in another interview, referring to the state’s governor as “Little Hitler.”
“You can’t take away people’s lives and property without compensation, and that’s exactly what he would be doing. I mean, they are already calling him Little Hitler – Gov. Little Hitler,” Scott said. “And so I think people will start educating others, and people will be more and more vocal until they will say, ‘Enough of this,’ and put the pressure – hopefully political pressure – on him. That’s what I would hope for.”
“And so I think people will start educating others, and people will be more and more vocal until they will say, ‘Enough of this,’ and put the pressure — hopefully political pressure — on him,” Scott added. “That’s what I would hope for.”
Members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations denounced those comparisons in a statement to 4 News Now.
“It is offensive and painful to our State and our Jewish community for our Governor to be compared to the atrocities of Hitler. Governors of both parties have closed businesses and ordered people to stay home due to their first responsibility of public safety and the health and welfare of their citizens. We have the highest praise for Gov. Brad Little. This has nothing to do with an ideology.”
Scott is no stranger to controversy. During a 2015 campaign rally, she posed with a Confederate flag. She was reprimanded two years later for telling another female lawmaker the only way women move up in the Legislature is by trading sexual favors.