Rep. Malliotakis calls former adviser's 'Heil Hitler' remark 'shocking and wrong'

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis. Photo credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Nicole Malliotakis condemned remarks by a former adviser who shouted “Heil Hitler” at a Staten Island protest over coronavirus restrictions.

Malliotakis, a Republican who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, tweeted Tuesday, “The words used by Leticia Remauro at a rally at Mac's Public House are shocking and wrong; I strongly condemn them.”

“At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across our city and especially on Staten Island, there is no excuse for such words being uttered. People of faith and good will must work together as one to ensure that words of hate are removed from our vocabulary and our hearts,” Malliotakis wrote.

Remauro, a GOP candidate for Staten Island borough president, made the comment at a protest outside Mac’s Public House on Dec. 2; the pub had been closed for violating COVID restrictions.

In the video, recorded near officers outside the shuttered pub, Remauro says: “People have to come together with them, with the small business community, with Staten Island, to stand up for our rights—the right to pay taxes, so that we can pay the salaries of these good men and women, who, yes, are only doing their job, but not for nothing. Sometimes you've got to say, ‘Heil Hitler, not a good idea to send me here.’”

Remauro told the Daily News that she was trying to make an analogy about how Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio were using the Sheriff’s Department to shut down businesses amid the pandemic. She said she “actually meant to say ‘mein Führer, it’s not a good idea to send me here.’”

Remauro also apologized for her remark on Twitter, writing: “This is a VERY BAD ANALOGY likening the actions of the de Blasio & Cuomo against small businesses to those of a Nazi dictator. I used angry and hurtful words that caused people pain. I apologize to my Jewish family members and friends for my lapse in judgement.”

According to the New York Times, Malliotakis’ congressional campaign paid Remauro’s marketing firm $90,158.98 for media consulting from 2019 to 2020. Remauro also worked for Malliotakis’ 2017 mayoral campaign.