GOP intern quits in protest of Republican congressman's comparison of vaccines to the Holocaust

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie later deleted the tweet

Published August 26, 2021 4:57PM (EDT)

Thomas Massie
Thomas Massie

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie was criticized for tweeting a meme showing an image of a person's wrist tattooed with a concentration camp identification number as a way to oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates. 

The tweet was later removed by Twitter or deleted by Massie himself, but screenshots were widely shared by users on Twitter.

An intern in Massie's office later quit, stating on Twitter that the offensive tweet was a red line. 

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The tweet seems to follow comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conspiracy theorist and fierce QAnon supporter, who has previously equated COVID-19 safety measures, like mask mandates, to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

Although Greene later apologized, her remarks led to condemnation across the political spectrum, which included members of her own party. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy openly rejected the Georgia Republican's "appalling" rhetoric in May.

Many further condemned Massie on Twitter:

By Brenley Goertzen

Brenley Goertzen is an editorial intern at Salon and a graduate student at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Follow her on Twitter @BrenleyGoertzen

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