- Jamie Allard, an Anchorage Assembly member, was removed from the state’s Human Rights Commission.
- It comes after she made comments defending the use of “FUHRER” and “3REICH” on licence plates.
- She will remain on the Anchorage Assembly.
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A lawmaker in Alaska was removed from her position on the state’s Human Rights Commission on Tuesday after she defended the use of a Nazi phrases on licence plates.
Jamie Allard, an Anchorage Assembly member, had made comments about using “FUHRER” and “3REICH” on licence plates after photos of such plates were shared by attorney Eva Gardner in an interview with Anchorage Daily News and on Twitter by former newspaper editor and reporter Matthew Tunseth.
Allard had defended the use of the words, which reference Adolf Hitler and his rule of Nazi-era Germany, on her official Facebook page that has since been deleted.
According to The Washington Post, Allard had argued that “Reich” was just a translation of the “realm,” and that “fuhrer” was the German word for leader.
“If you speak the language fluently, you would know that the English definition of the word,” she said. “The progressives have put a spin on it and created their own definition.”
— Matt Funseth (@MattTunseth) January 23, 2021
Screenshots of her comments were shared by her colleague, Assembly Member Meg Zaletel, who called the post “indefensible.”
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy removed Allard from the Human Rights Commission on Tuesday after learning of her Facebook post.
“The comments made by Ms. Allard regarding the licence plate controversy have become a distraction for the Human Rights Commission and its mission to ensure equality and fair treatment of all Alaskans,” Dunleavy spokesperson Jeff Turner told Alaska Public Media. “Governor Dunleavy felt it was in the best interest of the board to remove her effective immediately.”
Allard, who is remaining in her role as an Assembly member, said in a statement to Alaska Public Radio: “I unequivocally condemn racism in every form, and support the mission of the commission 100%. In light of recent attacks against me, I feel it is best to step aside, so the commission can focus on its work, and it will allow me more time to focus on my Assembly duties.”
After the licence plates came to light, the Alaska Department of Administration said in a Facebook post that it had notified local law enforcement that the plates had previously been recalled by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
“We were made aware several Alaskans were concerned about messages conveyed on Alaska personalised vehicle registration plates,” the agency wrote. “The plates in question had previously been recalled by the DMV, and the DMV issued replacement standard plates to be displayed. We are notifying law enforcement that these plates are unauthorised by the DMV.”
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