“I told him that the use of such imagery wasn’t just a repugnant and dangerous false equivalency, but deeply offensive and painful for Jewish people,” Phillips said. “I said I’d debate mandates and tyranny whenever he wishes, but there’s no debate on the offense of his post. He could have cared less.”
“It’s insane,” Kinzinger added. “Every Republican leader needs to be condemning that kind of B.S. right now.”
The Anti-Defamation League also tweeted a response to Davidson, writing, “It’s never appropriate to compare requirements for public health with the tactics of Nazi Germany. As we’ve said too many times to count, minimizing the Holocaust in this way is deeply offensive and harmful.”
Davidson’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the criticism.
Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is Jewish, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he confronted Davidson about the tweet.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also responded to Tapper, saying, “This is the new politics. It’s not about leading anymore. It’s about how can we out-outrage the other person.”