Arizona state Sen. Kelly Townsend says COVID-19 vaccine messages on state highways are like ‘Communist China’

By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Republic

An Arizona legislator is likening state messages encouraging residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine to communism.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in Arizona. But on digital billboards situated on state highways, the state has been urging residents to get vaccinated as a way of returning to normal life.

State Sen. Kelly Townsend, a Republican from Mesa, shared on social media last week that she thinks the signs are government overreach and similar to China, which has a one-party government — the Communist Party of China.

“Want to return to normal? Get vaccinated,” says the digital billboard message that Townsend photographed and included in a tweet on Thursday.

“Seen in Communist China today,” Townsend wrote in the tweet accompanying the photo. “Oops, I mean Arizona.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines communism as a political theory derived from Karl Marx that advocates class war leading to a society where property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

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