An Alaska state legislator shared a post on social media that compared members of the media and medical professionals who provide information about COVID-19 vaccines to Nazis killed for war crimes.
Rape. Ron Gilham told Peninsula Clarion that he “just shared it.”
“It’s one of those things that comes around, and you send it around,” he said.
Gilham was elected in November to a House seat held by Republican Gary Knope, who died in a plane crash last summer. A message seeking comment from Gilham was left near his office Wednesday by the Associated Press.
As Clarion reports, the photo shared by Gilham last week depicts the execution of Germans convicted of war crimes in Holocaust Kiev, Ukraine, in 1946, according to an article by Project MUSE, reports Clarion.
Gilham later deleted the post, and when asked why the Anchorage Daily News replied: “No reason.”
“I believe people should be held accountable for what they post in the media. There are both sides of the issue so one side is not telling the truth. I have my opinion and you have yours. I’m not trying to force anyone to believe me as I do and I expect the same courtesy, that’s all.
He said he was “not an advocate of violence.”
Gilham told Alaska Public Media earlier this year that he would not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t get the flu shot. If I get sick I’ll take aspirin,” he said. “I had COVID. I had lost my sense of smell and taste. That’s it. Never got sick.”