Actress Cheryl Hines blasted husband Robert Kennedy Jr.'s "reprehensible and insensitive" remarks Sunday suggesting Holocaust victim Anne Frank had it easier than us as we face loss of freedom under vaccine passports.
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"My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive," Hines tweeted Tuesday. "The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own."
Kennedy — son of late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of late President John F. Kennedy — said during his speech at the rally against vaccine mandates that they're part of looming totalitarian control.
He said that "even in Hitler's Germany ... you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did."
Kennedy added that — unlike life under Hitler — technology within the next five years will make it so that "none of us can run, and none of us can hide." With that he mentioned Bill Gates' satellites, 5G technology, digital currency, and vaccine passports.
"The minute they hand you that vaccine passport, every right that you have is transformed into a privilege contingent upon your obedience to arbitrary government dictates," Kennedy said. "It will make you a slave!"
Anne Frank ultimately was taken to a Nazi concentration camp where she died, and Kennedy faced widespread condemnation over his reference to her, including from the Auschwitz Memorial: “Exploiting of the tragedy of people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured and murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany — including children like Anne Frank — in a debate about vaccines & limitations during global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay."
When a Twitter user asked Hines, "Do you stand with your husband?" her response was much less direct.
"My husband’s opinions are not a reflection of my own," Hines replied Monday to the Twitter user. "While we love each other, we differ on many current issues."
The Hill reported that following Hines' initial tweet, another Twitter user said she should go further with a statement that her spouse was “wrong” and that “no one should compare anything to the horrors of the Holocaust.”
“Yes, I agree with you,” Hines replied, according to the outlet.
Kennedy — apparently minutes prior to Hines' Tuesday tweet blasting him — tweeted the following: "I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors. My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry."
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