West Virginia Republican Compares Anti-Smoking Laws To Nazi Persecution Of Jews
West Virginia Republican John Raese, who lost to Joe Manchin in 2010 and is looking to challenge him again this year, not only violated Godwin’s Law, he pretty much annihilated it:
A GOP U.S. Senate hopeful in West Virginia is comparing a local ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and hotels to the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.
John Raese, who’s campaigning to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin this November, likened indoor air rules that took effect in Monongalia County last month to the yellow Star of David that Nazi Germany forced Jews to wear.
In all, 20 counties in West Virginia prohibit smoking in commercial establishments, WDTV-5 reported.
“But in Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say that this is a smoke-free environment,” Raese told an audience at the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Hurricane, W.Va. last week. “Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing.”
Yea, it’s exactly the same thing as murdering six million Jews. Except that it’s not.
Personally I’m against most of these anti-smoking laws that Raese is talking about. If a business owner wants to make their business smoke-free, or not, that ought to be their choice, and customers ought to be free to judge them accordingly. It really isn’t the government’s business. And don’t even get me started about the ridiculous laws that some cities have passed making it illegal to smoke outside in certain areas. But comparing those laws to the Holocaust? Insane.