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Gov. Mike DeWine condemns anti-Semitic protesters at Ohio Statehouse: ‘Vile and disgusting’




Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday condemned the anti-Semitic protesters that were recently spotted at a demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse against stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, calling their actions “vile and disgusting.”

“I am deeply concerned by the anti-Semitic sign at Ohio’s Statehouse during a recent protest rally. The sign was vile and disgusting,” DeWine said.

“While even disgusting speech is constitutionally protected, it still demands condemnation,” DeWine said.

DeWine also condemned a Facebook post made on Holocaust Remembrance Day by Republican State Senator Andrew Brenner, of Powell, which likened the actions of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, who is Jewish, to Nazi Germany.

“The recent Internet post by Ohio State Senator Andrew Brenner, likening Ohio’s Department of Health Director’s actions to fight the corona virus to those taken by the Nazis in Germany during World War II, must also be condemned,” DeWine said. “The comments showed a complete lack of understanding of the Holocaust — made even more offensive by posting on Holocaust Memorial Day — and was a slur on a good, compassionate, and honorable person who has worked non-stop to save lives and protect her fellow citizens.”

DeWine said any criticism of his administration’s actions in regards to the coronavirus pandemic should be directed to him, not Acton.

“Any complaints about the policy of this administration need to be directed at me. I am the office holder, and I appointed the Director. Ultimately, I am responsible for the decisions in regard to the corona virus. The buck stops with me,” DeWine said.

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