After facing severe backlash for her comments in an interview on Monday, Vickie Paladino, a first-term New York City Council member, apologized Tuesday for comparing COVID vaccine requirements to Nazi Germany.
It all started when the Queens Republican faced a backlash after NY1 published an interview with her Monday, where she told the news channel, “I don’t need to show you my papers. This is not Nazi Germany.” She added, “You can get vaccinated all you want, I can get vaccinated all I want. It’s just nobody’s business whether I am or not. So, it’s called medical freedom.”
The local news channel had interviewed Paladino after she had been barred from the council chambers because she refused to disclose whether she is vaccinated.
After the backlash on her comments, Paladino apologized for the Nazi comparison in a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday, calling it “ill-considered and inappropriate.” The statement said, “While my intent was to illustrate that requiring residents to show medical papers to earn a living or to do everyday activities is an authoritarian practice that does not align with this country’s principles, it is never okay to compare anything to the evil of Nazi Germany. I apologize to those who were genuinely offended by my comment and will be meeting with local Jewish leaders and my friends in the Jewish community in the coming days to discuss this matter.”