At least two people participating in an anti-vaccine mandate protest outside a Jewish lawmaker's office displayed Nazi symbols, the New York Post reports.
According to photos provided to the Post by New York Democratic Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a woman held a poster that showed a swastika and a man wearing a yellow Star of David.
"People are perfectly free to express their opinion on vaccines or any issue, but to openly display Nazi symbols outside the office of a Jewish legislator is despicable," Dinowitz said.
The display of swastikas and yellow Stars of David outside my office today is repugnant and offensive.\n\nPeople are perfectly free to express their opinion on vaccines or any issue, but to openly display Nazi symbols outside the office of a Jewish legislator is despicable. https://twitter.com/JeffreyDinowitz/status/1459668799716745224\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/NEjFna12Hn— Jeffrey Dinowitz (@Jeffrey Dinowitz) 1636934393
"The fact that children have to get the vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, etc. — that's a mandate. You have to wear your seatbelt in your car. That is a mandate. You're driving on the right side of the car — mandate," Dinowitz told a local news outlet.
Former Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who organized the protest, said he wasn't aware of the symbolism used at the protest.
"I had no idea until I saw this photo. If I'd seen it I'd have told them to take the sign down. No comparison to those atrocities & yes, I've always condemned anti-Semitism," Astorino wrote.