Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is branded ‘grotesque’ for comparing Nancy Pelosi’s new House of Representatives face mask rule to Jews facing the Holocaust
- The controversial Georgia Republican likened the new rule to Jews being put on trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany
- She was widely condemned by Jewish groups, and her fellow lawmakers
- Pelosi’s new rule stipulates that representatives must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination before removing facemasks
- The same week Greene made the comments she accused AOC and the Democrats who support cutting funding to the Israeli military of anti-Semitism
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was condemned for comparing Nancy Pelosi’s new House of Representatives rule on face masks to the Holocaust.
The conspiracy-endorsing Republican congresswoman said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to require proof of vaccination before members are allowed to take their masks off to the ‘Gold Star’ Jewish people were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
‘You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,’ Greene told David Brody on his Christian Broadcasting Network podcast ‘The Water Cooler.’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared a House of Representatives mask-wearing rule to the Holocaust on David Brody’s podcast ‘The Water Cooler’
Jewish groups, like the American Jewish Congress, and many others quickly condemned the comments on social media
Former Representative Denver Riggleman was among those who condemned Taylor-Greene, tweeting: ‘Comparing wearing masks to the abuse of the Holocaust is a not so subtle diminution of the horrors experienced by millions.
‘It’s a grotesque idiocy mixed with a neurotic lack of self awareness. What do you expect from a truther, Q believer, and gaslighting conspiracy theorist?’
Political scientist Jasmin Mujanović wrote: ‘This is antisemitism of a most despicable and deranged sort.
‘This is a woman whose own politics can credibly be described as fascist trivializing the actual, historical facts of the Holocaust.
‘And I repeat my prediction: she’s a front runner for the 2024 GOP nomination.’
And Rhode Island Congressman David Cilline said: ‘The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives. Marjorie Taylor Greene: A troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.’
Jewish groups, like the American Jewish Congress, and many others quickly condemned the comments on social media as diminishing the six million Jewish people who died during the Holocaust.
‘You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers and other Nazi atrocities,’ The American Jewish Congress tweeted on Friday. ‘Such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech.’
The group called for a retraction and apology from Greene, which she hasn’t done to date.
Former Representative Denver Riggleman said this on Twitter in reaction to Greene’s comments
Meanwhile, Greene took to Twitter Saturday morning to accuse fellow Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of supporting anti-Semitism.
She also branded AOC a ‘terrorist’ for supporting a cease in military funding for the Israeli government.
‘.@AOC you’re responsible for attacks on Jewish people bc of your hate-Israel stance against Israel’s right to defend itself from from terrorists Hamas, calling Israel an apartheid state, & supporting terrorists groups. Aligning yourself with terrorists means your [sic] a terrorist,’ Greene said in the tweet.
At the bottom of the tweet, Greene shared an image of AOC’s call to end antisemitism next to a headline about her resolution that would cut funding for Israeli bombs.
Greene shot to fame for pushing a series of bizarre QAnon conspiracy theories before she was elected as a represenative for Georgia’s 14th congressional district in November 2020.
In a 2018 Facebook post, she claimed a ‘Jewish space later’ controlled by the Rothschild banking family had been used to ignite California wildfires.