An elected official in Clackamas County, Oregon has doubled down on her criticism of Gov. Kate Brown's coronavirus restrictions, comparing them to slavery.
Tootie Smith, the incoming chairwoman of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners, took to Facebook over the weekend to criticize Brown after the governor announced new restrictions in the state to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.
"My family will celebrate Thanksgiving with as many family and friends as I can find," Smith, a Republican, wrote in a post on Saturday. "Gov. Brown is WRONG to order otherwise."
In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday night, Smith stood by the comment.
"This is a travesty that's happening in our state," Smith told Tucker Carlson. "How dare Gov. Brown think she's going to come out, send police into people's home and arrest them and fine them for having a Thanksgiving meal with their family."
Smith then went so far as to compare the Democratic governor's restrictions to slavery.
"I think our people have the intelligence, the education and the independence to make their own decisions," Smith added. "We are adults. We do not need to be treated as second-rate slaves in our own homes."