Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday each condemned Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ongoing efforts to liken pandemic-era public well being suggestions to the Holocaust.
Greene’s stunning comparability is simply the most recent headache for her occasion, sparked by a congresswoman who has promoted conspiracy theories, unfold election lies and verbally harassed her political opponents.
“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 needs to be stated today is deeply troubling,” McCarthy mentioned in a statement.
“Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language,” he concluded.
McConnell remarked merely on Greene’s phrases. “Once again an outrageous and reprehensible comment,” he said.
The House GOP chief additionally took the chance to swipe at Democrats as some within the occasion have questioned the United States’ traditionally unwavering assist for Israel, claiming that “anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
While progressive Democrats see similarities between the plight of Muslims in Israel and Palestine and the anti-racism motion within the United States, many Republicans have chosen ― controversially ― to painting any criticism of Israel as antisemitic. And though the FBI has acknowledged an increase in antisemitic crimes towards American Jews, leaders of each events have spoken out to sentence such violence in sturdy phrases.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday mentioned the spikes in violence towards Jewish folks around the globe are “horrific” and “heartbreaking,” and mentioned the issue “demands action.” Responding to McCarthy on Tuesday, Pelosi identified that the minority chief “waited days” to handle Greene’s feedback concerning the Holocaust, and argued that McCarthy’s “silence” has “spoken volumes about his allegiance to the most extreme elements of the GOP Conference.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) additionally made it clear that he “does not agree with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust.” Yet he additionally made a doubtful hyperlink between elected Democrats questioning Israel’s therapy of Palestinians and antisemitism.
Earlier on Tuesday, Greene had weighed in on a Tennessee grocery retailer’s resolution to permit vaccinated retailer workers and clients to go unmasked within the constructing. Vaccinated workers would have “a vaccination logo” on their title badges, native CBS affiliate WVLT reported. Greene claimed that the vaccination logos have been “just like” how “the Nazi’s [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”
“Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people,” Greene wrote. She had already doubled down on the comparability over the weekend amid criticism that it trivialized an occasion that killed millions of Jewish people in World War II.
“Equating mask wearing and vaccines to the Holocaust belittles the most significant human atrocities ever committed,” mentioned Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the occasion’s newly elected House GOP chairwoman.
“We must all work together to educate our fellow Americans on the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust,” she mentioned.
Greene was stripped of her House committee assignments earlier this 12 months, shortly after being sworn into Congress. However, GOP management has declined to formally reprimand her for any of her conduct.
Asked Tuesday whether or not Greene must be censured or expelled from Congress, Pelosi responded: “I think she should stop talking.”
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