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Illinois Gov. Pritzker condemns Kansas newspaper’s Facebook post equating Democratic governor’s face mask mandate with Holocaust

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has condemned a Kansas Republican Party official who posted a cartoon comparing that state’s face mask order to the slaughter of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

The cartoon depicts Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a mask with a Jewish Star of David on it, next to a drawing of people being loaded onto train cars, according to the Associated Press. Its caption is, “Lockdown Laura says: Put on your mask ... and step onto the cattle car.”

The cartoon was posted Friday on the Facebook page of the Anderson County Review, whose owner and publisher, Dane Hicks, is also the county’s GOP chairman.

“Another disgusting display by ignorant Republicans who fail to understand that their propaganda is costing lives,” Pritzker tweeted Saturday. “I helped build the Illinois Holocaust Museum to fight exactly this kind of hate. America is better than this.”

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie opened in April 2009. Pritzker was the museum’s chief fundraiser.

Hicks said that if Holocaust survivors, their relatives or other Jews are offended, he would apologize to them because he means “no slight to them.”

But Hicks also said in an email to the AP that he intended to publish the cartoon in his newspaper’s weekly print edition.

Associated Press contributed.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, speaks with Chicago activists in June.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, speaks with Chicago activists in June. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

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