Gov. Gary Herbert wears his mask as he enters a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — A Piute County commissioner likened Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to Adolf Hitler after he approved requests Thursday from two counties to require masks in public, saying the community should prepare to offer a “Heil Herbert” salute.
“Hang on friends, it won’t be long before you are required to do a Sieg Heil Salute to Herbert,” Darin Bushman, Piute County commissioner, tweeted Thursday night. “Welcome to Utah now extend your right arm straight at 45 degrees keeping your hand parallel to your arm and offer your ‘Heil Herbert.’”
A Piute County commissioner compared Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to a nazi on Twitter Thursday night, June 25, 2020. The tweet has since been deleted.
The tweet, which was accompanied by #nazi and #mask, also included a photograph of a group of people doing the Nazi salute. It was posted after Herbert approved requests from officials in Salt Lake and Summit counties to require people to wear a mask in public in their counties. The mandates, which were made in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, will go into effect Saturday.
Bushman’s post promptly attracted an onslaught of attention on Twitter.
He deleted the tweet soon after, but not before others captured screenshots of the incendiary post.
“Sorry if you found my tweet offensive. I have removed it so as not to further offend,” Bushman wrote. “My apologies.”
Sorry if you found my tweet offensive. I have removed it so as not to further offend. My apologies.
— Darin Bushman – (Personal Account) (@darinbushman) June 26, 2020
Salt Lake County Council member Shireen Ghorbani in a response on social media called his tweet “unacceptable and dangerous.” She also wrote that he should resign.
Others on Twitter and social media echoed the call.
Bushman followed up his apology with a declaration that he has no intention to resign.
This story will be updated.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News