Greene’s Holocaust Remarks Prompt GOP Rebuke, Democratic Outrage

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday denounced Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments comparing Covid-19 precautions to the Holocaust as “appalling,” and at least one Democrat is preparing a censure resolution to condemn the Georgia Republican.

Greene has compared requirements for masks and vaccines to the oppression and killing of Jews by the Nazis, the latest in a series of inflammatory statements she’s made since being elected in 2020. On Tuesday morning she compared a grocery store putting a vaccination logo on their name badges to Jews being forced to wear yellow Star of David patches under the Nazis.

“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. “Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”

Greene was broadly condemned by fellow Republicans, Democrats and Jewish groups. But McCarthy, of California, also faced criticism from Democrats for waiting until Tuesday to rebuke the Georgia freshman.

Greene defended herself, saying earlier she was comparing “only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”

Her initial comments comparing Covid-19 precautions to the Holocaust came last week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to let lawmakers stop wearing masks on the chamber’s floor. Pelosi signaled her decision was based on the fact that not all Republicans were vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Pelosi said Tuesday that Greene’s latest remarks are “so beyond reprehensible that it, I mean, it has no place in our country.” Chuck Schumer, the first Jewish Senate majority leader, said, “These are sickening, reprehensible comments, and she should stop this vile language immediately.”

Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, urged Greene in a tweet to, “Please educate yourself so that you can realize how absolutely wrong and inappropriate it is to compare proof of vaccination with the 6 million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. You’re an embarrassment to yourself and the GOP.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN that Greene’s remarks were “outrageous” and “reprehensible.” The Kentucky Republican had previously warned, in a reference to Greene, that, “Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country.”

Censure Resolution

Illinois Democratic Representative Brad Schneider is drafting a resolution of censure against Greene.

“I hope that if Speaker McCarthy truly believes that what Rep. Greene said was ‘appalling,’ he will join our effort to censure her,” Schneider said in a statement.

A “censure” is a formal, majority vote in the House on a resolution disapproving a member’s conduct, generally with the additional requirement that the member stand at the “well” of the House chamber to receive a verbal rebuke and reading of the resolution by the Speaker.

As this latest controversy swirled around Greene, a video also surfaced in which she claimed during a public meeting last year that she wouldn’t support the removal of hypothetical statues of Hitler or Satan “so that I could tell my children and teach others about who these people are.”

The Democratic-controlled House in February stripped Greene of her two committee assignments over her past embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory and outlandish comments including questioning whether the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks happened.

Greene’s latest controversy came as she and other Republicans have been accusing progressive Democrats of being anti-Semitic in their statements criticizing Israel. McCarthy, in his statement about Greene, also said that “At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

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