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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is now running for governor, has come under fire for being part of an anti-vax protest that featured Nazi symbols such as the Swastika, on full display.

On Sunday, a slew of protesters gathered outside the office of New York Assembly Jeffrey Dinowitz, demanding for the cityโ€™s vaccine mandate to be taken back. Brandished with Nazi symbols, the protest featured a banner with a swastika on it and a man was seen wearing a yellow Star of David affixed on his jacket.

When condemned for attending a borderline anti-Jew event, Astorino wrote on Twitter, โ€œI had no idea until I saw this photo. If Iโ€™d seen it, Iโ€™d have told them to take the sign down. No comparison to those atrocities & yes, Iโ€™ve always condemned anti-Semitism.โ€

He then followed it up with another Tweet that said, โ€œNot only didnโ€™t I see the sign, woman holding it had a different sign when I met her prior to the event. Regardless of who the woman was or why she was there if I saw the sign I would have stopped and had it removed. Absolutely inappropriate.โ€

Reacting to this, Dinowitz strongly rebuked Astorino, saying, โ€œPeople are perfectly free to express their opinion on vaccines or any issue but to openly display Nazi symbols outside the office of a Jewish legislator is despicable. Rob Astorino stood right next to these anti-Semitic symbols and said NOTHING. All Republican leaders should condemn this unacceptable use of anti-Semitic imagery. I am sorry to any constituents who passed by this repugnant display outside of my office today.โ€

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