GOP Candidate Apologizes After Antisemitic Post Surfaces

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A woman wears a yellow Star of David, like the ones Jews were obligated to wear during World War II, with Hebrew reads "not vaccinated" during a protest against the Health Ministry's "green pass" system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 2, 2021. Israel restricted its coronavirus "green pass" on Sunday to those who have received a COVID-19 booster or recently recovered, sparking protests by opponents who say the system is a form of forced vaccination. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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A GOP candidate for the Washington Legislature has acknowledged that a post he put on social media in 2020 is antisemitic.

Dan Johnson of Laurel, who is running to represent part of northwest Washington in the House, posted a meme on Facebook that showed a yellow Star of David with the words, “A new badge has been created which will allow you to go back to work, to travel in your state, to fly, catch a train or bus, and to buy and sell,” The Bellingham Herald reported.

“I inappropriately compared pandemic mandates to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people,” Johnson wrote on his campaign Facebook page Tuesday, adding that at the time he was deeply frustrated by the governor’s mandates. “Looking back the post trivialized the darkest time in human history and that doesn’t reflect my values.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had ordered business closures among other measures meant to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Johnson posted on Facebook Tuesday after a Sunday story in The Bellingham Herald examined his social media going back almost 10 years. Much of his online presence was publicly available but has since been removed.

Johnson did not respond to the newspaper’s questions about the posts, which the newspaper also said included sexist memes, COVID-19 misinformation, and apparent support for anti-government militants as well as the violent overthrow of elected officials.

His statement Tuesday said, “if I have ever said something that offended another (and I’m sure I have), or caused anyone pain, I am sorry.”

Several of his Facebook posts have been flagged by the social media company as false, partly false, or misleading, the newspaper said.

Johnson placed second in the Aug. 2 primary and is facing Democrat Joe Timmons of Bellingham in the Nov. 8 general election. Timmons has told the newspaper Johnson’s memes and recordings were offensive.

“I believe candidates and elected officials should lead by example and that voters have a right to know the true values and opinions of those they are electing to represent them,” Timmons said previously.

(AP)

6 COMMENTS

  1. He shouldn’t have apologized, because it wasn’t antisemitic. The comparison between the persecution of the unvaccinated this year and the Nuremberg Laws may not be 100% accurate in all respects, but it’s close enough. Bringing in the Holocaust is a dishonest distraction, because in the 1930s there was no Holocaust.

  2. Huju. So much for that nonsense of every Jew being a chochom.
    There was nothing wrong with what he did. Stop getting excited every time you hear some fool yelling about antisemitism

  3. huju,

    At least he apologized, unlike your BLM and Squad heroes who play Goebbels every time they open their filthy mouths.

    Still waiting for you to protest YWN calling Avery Miler a “murderer” instead of a “suspect”. Or haven’t you received your marching orders yet?