Another day, another right-wing figure making another bonkers comparison between pandemic safety measures and the Holocaust.
This time, it's environmental lawyer and anti-vaxx crackpot Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who joined a recent rally in Washington D.C. protesting vaccine mandates and began spouting absurd conspiracy theories.
Kennedy Jr. covered all the anti-vaxx conspiracy hits, including name-checking supposed vaccine arch-villain Bill Gates and the non-existent threat of toxic 5G cellular towers. But it was his shout-out to Anne Frank and the Holocaust that really had people raising their eyebrows. See his comments below.
Kennedy Jr.'s comments centered on what he described as the tyrannical and unavoidable nature of vaccine mandates. Kennedy Jr. not only compared such pandemic-mitigation measures to the horrors of the Holocaust, but did so in such a way that implied the Holocaust was actually easier to endure than American vaccine mandates.
Yes, you read that right, he actually said that. As he put it:
“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did."
“I visited in 1962 East Germany with my father, and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible — many died doing it, but it was possible.”
Kennedy Jr. seemed blithely unaware of the fact that Anne Frank was eventually found in that attic by Nazis and died in the concentration camp they sent her to a few months later, but whatever. He then contrasted Frank's supposedly rosy scenario to the present-day United States.
"Today, the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so that none of us can run, and none of us can hide."
What "mechanisms," you ask? Kennedy Jr. described them thusly:
“Bill Gates and his 65,000 satellites alone will be able to look at every square inch of the planet, 24 hours a day. They’re putting in 5G to harvest our data and control our behavior — digital currencies that will allow them to punish us from a distance and cut off our food supply.”
For the record, none of that is real, and no American is required to be vaccinated--as evidenced by the fact that many anti-vaxxers have chosen to quit their jobs rather than comply with the vaccine rules implemented in many workplaces, for example.
Obviously, the parallels between basic pandemic measures and the systematic deportation, torture and murder of millions of Jews--not to mention myriad other groups deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime--are flat-out non-existent.
And on Twitter, his comments drew angry blowback.
Kennedy Jr. is the son of assassinated 1968 Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and has become one of the leading voices of the anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist right-wing.
UPDATE 1/25/21: Kennedy has since apologized for his comments in a tweet, leaning on the old "to the extent my remarks caused hurt" line: