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 city’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.
A highly visible swastika displayed at an anti-vaccine rally organized by GOP candidate for #NYGov and former Westchester County Executive @RobAstorino outside office of Jewish assemblyman @JeffreyDinowitz.
Astorino claims he didn’t see it 🤔 pic.twitter.com/GjiSjyUnvM
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) November 15, 2021
When condemned for attending a borderline anti-Jew event, Astorino wrote on Twitter, “I had no idea until I saw this photo. If I’d seen it, I’d have told them to take the sign down. No comparison to those atrocities & yes, I’ve always condemned anti-Semitism.”
He then followed it up with another Tweet that said, “Not only didn’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.”
Reacting to this, Dinowitz strongly rebuked Astorino, saying, “People 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.”