Kansas newspaper’s post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

By JOHN HANNA

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper has posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public to the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The Anderson County review’s editor and publisher is chairman of the Anderson County Republican Party . The cartoon posted Friday depicts 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. Its caption ends with, “step onto the cattle car.” Kelly called it ”deeply offensive.” Publisher Dane Hicks said he would respond to emailed questions once he could reach a computer.