Rep. Sara Hannan (D-Juneau) tweeted out an apology one day after giving an offensive speech on the House Floor which suggested that she thought Nazi experimentation on Jews yielded beneficial scientific results.
“I apologize for the words that I used on the House Floor yesterday,” Hannan stated Sept. 12 on both Facebook and Twitter. “I did not mean to imply any support for NAZIs nor their experimentation in any way. My remarks were incorrect, insensitive and hurtful. I am sorry and will strive to do better.”
In what appeared to be an attempt to defend COVID vaccine science, Hannan spoke during the House Floor session on Sept. 11 about the merits of the scientific method. Her speech quickly devolved, however, as she proceeded to assert that Nazi science brought about some lasting benefits for the world.
“If we go back to the Nuremberg Code and look at some of the experiments conducted by the Nazis and know that there were violations of human dignity, of scientific methodology, yet they produced results,” Hannan claimed.
She then mentioned the late Dr. William Mills.
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“A very famous Alaskan doctor – Dr. Mills – who was an expert – word-renown – on frostbite and survival, frequently told that he came to that research as a young doctor [by] looking at science that was conducted on humans, and knowing that it was done in these horrific conditions, yet knowing that it could still benefit us to look at the results of that,” Hannan said. “And he became this renowned expert on frostbite, knowing that the science was developed by the Nazis – was horrifically done on people who were not voluntary scientific experiments, subjected to conditions where they were placed – where body parts were freezed and they were broken off”
Hannon then tried to undermine the fact that COVID shots are still considered experimental.
“But when we call something an experiment, without knowing the science behind it, it’s just political rhetoric,” she said. “Science is conducted in controlled environments, and right now in the 21st century, the scientific developments that are happening are sort of beyond the ability of some of us old folks to even recognize – how quickly we can get results and change and adapt. And as we’ve lived through this pandemic for the last year and a half – approaching two years – we know the science is directing changes and outcomes all the time.”
Hannan ended her speech by telling her fellow lawmakers to “understand the scientific method behind things before you question whether it was science or an experiment.”