Whatever one’s position on the initiative to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom, there should be no room for the sort of offensive rhetoric that has emerged in some corners.

Social media posts with pictures of the governor sporting a small mustache and captioned “Adolph Newsome” are nothing short of abhorrent. To express opposition to the possibility of a mask mandate during a pandemic by invoking imagery of Americans being marched into a furnace crosses the clear line of decency, obscenely trivializing the pain and destruction suffered by the victims of the Nazis and their sympathizers during the Holocaust.

Whatever one’s views on the recall initiative, employing abhorrent images and words to further those views is simply unacceptable.