Lawmaker Compares Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to Hitler Over Vaccine Mandate

A lawmaker is refusing calls to apologize after comparing Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to Adolf Hitler because of the state's vaccination mandate.

Anne Dauphinais, a Republican member of the state's House of Representatives, made the comparison in a Facebook comment to a CT News Junkie article about state employees not complying with Lamont's order to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.

"King Lamont aka Hitler dictating what we must inject into our bodies to feed our family!" Dauphinais wrote.

Later, Dauphinais doubled down on the remark in a lengthy post slamming the governor's mandate.

"This Governor is dividing us, calling on those that are vaccinated to discriminate against those that are unvaccinated," Dauphinais wrote on October 8. "Segregating us from our work places coercing people to make unwanted medical choices in order to keep their jobs, pay their mortgages and feed their families. This is no longer land of the free."

Asked about the remarks, Lamont's communications director, Max Reiss, told Newsweek, "The representative's comments are disgusting, repulsive and disrespectful to the history and memory of victims of the Holocaust. Such anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in state government and no place in our public discourse."

Several lawmakers and Jewish groups criticized the state representative for her comments.

"Hitler was a genocidal maniac that systemically gassed, starved and murdered eleven million people. For State Rep. Anne Dauphinais to compare @GovNedLamont to him in order to justify her own personal COVID stance is horrific and does nothing but whitewashes the Holocaust," StopAntisemitism.org tweeted.

Dauphinais wrote on Facebook that her "comments were neither anti-Semitic nor factually inaccurate."

Lamont, a Democrat, issued an order in August requiring all Connecticut state employees, as well as staff at child care facilities and pre-K through grade 12 schools, to receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27.

The governor said employees who refused to get vaccinated and were granted exemptions will have to undergo weekly testing for the virus, but hospital staff and long-term-care employees don't have that option.

As of October 8, a dozen newly hired state employees had lost their jobs after refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate.

Lawmaker Compares Connecticut Governor Lamont to Hitler
Anne Dauphinais, a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, has compared Governor Ned Lamont to Hitler over the state's vaccination mandate. Above, Lamont watches as immigrants are vaccinated at a COVID-19 community vaccination clinic in Stamford on March 14. John Moore/Getty Images

In her Facebook post, Dauphinais compared the firings to Hitler banning "Jews and other non-Aryans from civil service and Jewish Government workers were ordered to retire."

She also compared mask mandates and vaccine requirements for organ transplant recipients to the plight of Jewish people in Nazi-ruled Germany.

"I do want to take this opportunity to not apologize but clarify to Governor Lamont, for I was not clear that I meant that he was acting like Hitler in the early 1930's – to date, he has not called for putting the unvaccinated in camps," she wrote.

Update (10/11/2021, 4:10 p.m. ET): This story has been updated with a comment from Governor Lamont's communications director.