Frankel ‘horrified’ by legislator’s comments re: Nazi Party

Says comments could be read as encouragement by extremist groups

PITTSBURGH, May 4 – Today state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding comments made in a Pennsylvania House committee hearing by state Rep. Cris Dush that drew a comparison between the Nazi Party and Wolf administration.

“I was horrified to learn today that my colleague drew a comparison in a committee meeting between the Nazi Party and Gov. Wolf’s efforts to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Nazi Party and its leaders systematically murdered more than 6 million Jews and many others in an attempt to create a dominate race. Any effort to muddy that history dishonors all of the innocent lives lost, and it frankly feeds the ugly resurgence of hate-based groups that are actively using COVID-19 to foment their message of intolerance throughout the country.

“I appreciate that Representative Dush acknowledged his mistake, but no amount of back peddling changes the fact that there are very active and dangerous anti-Semitic groups out there that read his comments as encouragement.”