Colorado Republican says Biden’s COVID vaccine staff are ‘Needle Nazis’

Rep. Lauren Boebert previously used the term ‘brown shirts’ to refer to enforcement of public health measures by state’s Jewish governor

US Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) listens during a news conference in front of the US Capitol, on July 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
US Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) listens during a news conference in front of the US Capitol, on July 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

JTA — Rep. Lauren Boebert compared federal COVID-19 vaccination efforts to Nazism, tweeting that Joe Biden “has deployed his Needle Nazis” to her Colorado district.

Boebert, a first-term Republican, posted the tweet above a video of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki discussing the administration’s efforts to raise vaccination rates through targeted outreach around the country. Psaki mentioned Mesa County, which is in Boebert’s district.

In addition to Nazism, Boebert also compared the outreach to communism in China.

“Biden has deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County,” she wrote on Thursday. “The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents. Did I wake up in Communist China?”

There have been no reports of government officials forcing people to be vaccinated.

Boebert’s tweet comes two days after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, another first-term Republican, tweeted that canvassers doing vaccine outreach are “medical brown shirts,” a reference to a Nazi Party militia.

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia arrives to speak about her bill to audit the correspondence and financial statements of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Boebert has also previously used the term “brown shirts” to refer to the enforcement of public health measures by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who is Jewish.

“Here in Garfield County where my restaurant is, restaurants are closing once again because Governor Polis has sent his Brown Shirts in to make sure everyone shuts down,” she told a local radio station in January.

Boebert is the owner of the gun-packing Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado.

Both Boebert and Greene have praised QAnon, the pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theory with antisemitic roots, before they both distanced themselves from it. Greene has repeatedly compared policies she opposes to Nazi actions, which she apologized for after touring the US Holocaust Memorial Museum last month. Her “brown shirts” comment came three weeks after that visit.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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