Marjorie Taylor Greene: Comparison of Mask Wearing and Holocaust Condemned by GOP House Leader
WASHINGTON – Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned Georgian Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments comparing the wearing of vaccination masks and logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network make the comparison, according to CNN, and she did it again on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Vaccinated employees are given a vaccination logo, just like the Jewish people forced by the Nazis to wear a gold star,” Greene, a Republican tweeted.
His comments accompanied a retweet of an article about the Food City grocery chain’s new mask policy, which will include employees wearing logos showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Tuesday, 50% of all American adults have been fully immunized, according to the White House.
“Vaccine passports and mask warrants discriminate against non-vulnerable people who trust their immune systems against a virus that can survive 99%,” Greene said.
Nearly 600,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
CNN and others reported last week that Greene said on the Christian Broadcasting Network, referring to US House rules that require members to wear masks on the floor: “You know, we can look back to a time in history when people were asked to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were. put on trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. And that’s exactly the kind of abuse Nancy Pelosi is talking about. “
McCarthy in his declaration published Tuesday said: “Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this has to be declared today is deeply troubling.
“At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise within the Democratic Party and is being completely ignored by President Nancy Pelosi.
“Americans must unite to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust.
“Let me be clear: the Republican House Conference condemns this language.”
The Nazis murdered 6 million Jews. The star Greene referred to was not gold, but yellow cloth to make it easier for the Nazis to identify Jews for discrimination, deportation to concentration camps, and segregation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, called Greene’s comments “disgusting,” during a Senate speech on Tuesday.
“She should stop this vile language immediately,” he said.
“It’s crazy and dangerous,” Kinzinger wrote on Twitter. “There is no comparison. I have said it before and I will say it again: while we cannot prevent her from calling herself a Republican, we can and must refuse to leave her caucus with the @HouseGOP. “
Greene defended his comments against criticism in another tweet, saying “I never compared it to the Holocaust, only to the discrimination against Jews in the early Nazi years. Stop fueling the leftist media attacks on me.
Greene has previously made anti-Semitic comments and linked baseless QAnon conspiracy theories to the Jewish people. She also mistakenly pushed the idea that Americans will be required to carry vaccine passports, which is not public policy.
Greene was bare earlier this year from her committee assignments for her past social media posts in which she supported violence against Democratic leaders and lawmakers.
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