The Alaskan legislator apologized for the comments he made comparing the coronavirus tracking procedures to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Representative Ben Carpenter, a member of the House of Representatives from Nikiska, stirred up a wave of outrage after he denounced a new protocol that issued stickers to local legislators showing that they had been tested for COVID-19. These stickers were given at the entrance to the Alaskan Capitol building in Juneau. Carpenter compared them to a patch in the form of a Star of David, which marked the Jews under Nazi rule.
“If I fall out of a sticker, do I get a new one? Are these stickers available as David’s yellow star?” – Carpenter wrote in an open letter, for which he was convicted.
Carpenter also caused controversy in an interview with Anchorage Daily News, where he tried to explain his remarks that Adolf Hitler was not a white supremacist. “People are saying that Hitler was a white supremacist. No. He was afraid of the Jewish nation, and that led him to some unfathomable atrocities,” he said.