Monday, 20 April 2020

Idaho state Rep. compares coronavirus shutdown to the Holocaust

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, is pictured at the Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 in Boise, Idaho.
Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, is pictured at the Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 in Boise, Idaho.(Otto Kitsinger/AP)

It might seem tough to draw a comparison between current social distancing measures put in place to save lives from coronavirus and the horrific evil of the Nazis, but Idaho State. Rep Heather Scott tried her best in at least two interviews conducted this month.
The Republican representative, who has held her seat since winning it in 2014, gave an interview on April 14 with Defending Utah Radio, a group that says it wants to “expose those conspiring to take away your freedom and educate citizens on the principles of liberty.” During the interview, she seemed to take issue with the terms essential and nonessential business, which have been used to classify which businesses can stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hitler used essential and nonessential Jewish workers and if you were nonessential, you were put on the bus or the train,” Scott said, referring to the means by which Jews were transported to concentration camps where they would be tortured and murdered.
Scott added to the Nazi metaphor in a podcast interview two days later, referring to Idaho Gov. Brad Little as “Little Hitler.” She has also questioned the entire legitimacy of the pandemic which, as of Sunday, has killed over 40,000 Americans.
“The lying, Trump-hating media who continues to push global and socialist agendas has told us that there is an emergency,” she said on her YouTube channel.
Scott is no stranger to bizarre controversies and unforced errors over her brief political career. She was reprimanded in 2017 for telling a female colleague that women only move up in the Legislature if they “spread their legs,” and in 2015, she was accused of cutting fire suppression system wires because she thought she was being spied on. She’s also praised white nationalism in the past, so maybe coming from her, “Little Hitler” was meant as a compliment.

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