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Polis labeled a ‘brown shirt’ in anti-Semitic Facebook post

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By Sal Christ

The Jefferson County Republican Party has joined an increasing number of people and groups employing Nazi references and/or anti-Semitic rhetoric to attack politicians and policies they dislike — this time targeting U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor.
In an Aug. 1 Facebook post, the political organization referred to Polis as a “brown shirt,” a colloquial term for members of the Nazi Party’s original paramilitary, while linking to an article entitled, “Dem Congressman Has Doubled His Wealth While In Congress.”
The comments, which were posted at 2:23 p.m. and later removed, read: “Jared Polis has a new club ‘How to Be A Brown Shirt for Fun & Profit’” with a link to the article, which ran in The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website based in Washington, D.C.
Polis, who is Jewish, is one of the wealthiest members of Congress with an estimated net worth of $400 million.     
The post, which was first reported by the Colorado Times Recorder, drew attention not only for its Nazi references, but for its anti-Semitic tone in promoting an economic Jewish stereotype.
While it’s unclear who specifically runs the Jeffco GOP’s Facebook page, it’s not the first time the county branch of the Colorado GOP has come under fire for discriminatory remarks. Last month, state Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, drew backlash after comparing participants in the Women’s March to “Hitler’s Brownshirts” in a Facebook post July 10.
Prior to that, Jeffco GOP chairman Joe Webb reportedly used Nazi references to criticize U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, for calling on her supporters to confront and harass members of President Donald Trump’s administration in public places.
The recent social media posts join a growing number of attacks from both Democrats and Republicans across the country, wherein Nazi references have been used to smear politicians, political issues and other members of the public — including survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
Polis declined to comment on the content of the Facebook post through staff.