Kansas paper posts cartoon likening masks order to Holocaust

A weekly Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening an order from the state’s governor requiring people to wear masks in public to the round-up and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

The cartoon on the Anderson County Review’s Facebook page depicts Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a mask with a Jewish Star of David on it, next to a drawing of Jews being loaded onto train cars.

Its caption is, “Lockdown Laura says: Put on your mask … and step onto the cattle car.”

The newspaper posted the cartoon on Friday, the day Kelly’s mask order took effect.

The governor issued the order because of a resurgence in coronavirus cases that increased the state’s total to nearly 16,000 as of Friday when Kansas finished its worst two-week rise since the pandemic began. The state has reported 277 coronavirus-related deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested.