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Washington State Lawmaker Criticized For Actions During COVID-19 Protest

SEATTLE (AP) – A Washington state lawmaker is being criticized after wearing a yellow Star of David in protest of COVID-19 vaccine regulations.

The Seattle Times reports that state Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican from Aberdeen, wore the symbol during a speech to conservative activists at a Lacey church Saturday.

The display compared the government’s efforts to protect people from a highly contagious virus with the Nazis’ murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.

On a Facebook page where video of the speech was posted, Walsh wrote: “In the current context, we are all Jews.”

A Seattle Holocaust-education leader called that absurd, saying it trivializes and distorts the genocide.

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