COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t mince words Wednesday night, while responding to incendiary comments made by Sara Brenner and her husband—state Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), who compared recent statements made by Dr. Amy Acton to Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Acton, the director of Ohio’s department of health, on Tuesday was discussing a theoretical scenario where those who are immune to COVID-19 could restart their day-to-day lives.
Sara Brenner took Acton’s statement, posted it to Facebook and added her charged rhetoric:
Acton clarified her comments, saying: “I was referring to it in the context of business...and ways business could reopen and we could support the economy. The dream about it is for all of us...you could go about your life, and you wouldn’t worry about passing it along to someone else or getting it yourself.”
After deleting her initial post, Sara Brenner took to social media again on Wednesday afternoon, saying it was “unfortunate that some would turn what I said into comments that they were never intended to be...Those who thought I made anti-semitic comments are the same people who say I would be a racist for scrutinizing Barack Obama.”
DeWine then offered his response, where he defended Acton:
While speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Andrew Brenner said he and his wife’s comments “were smeared into an insensitive political attack on the director."
He then blamed Democrats for the controversy.
State Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) weighed in on the debate, and communicated his disapproval of the Brenner’s rhetoric.
“I, along with the Republican caucus, strongly disapprove of these comments and believe that any such comparisons or analogies are not only absurd but also harmful. This is a time for cooperation, not inflammatory and overblown rhetoric.”
DeWine also took the opportunity Wednesday night to condemn an anti-Semitic sign that was held by a protestor outside the state house: