Congresswoman reprimanded for linking mask warrants to Holocaust
Democrats and Republicans currently agree on little in Congress, but party leaders united on Tuesday to strongly condemn a U.S. lawmaker who has repeatedly equated mask warrants with the Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow stars in wartime Germany.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial congresswoman who has been spreading conspiracy theories, doubled down on her unpleasant comments, which included tweets about a company forcing its employees fully vaccinated against coronavirus to wear a vaccination logo on their name badges.
âVaccinated employees are given a vaccination logo, just as the Nazis forced the Jewish people to wear a golden star,â the Georgia freshman Republican wrote.
“Passports for vaccines and mask warrants discriminate against non-vaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that 99% survives.”
Greene is a staunch supporter of the former president Donald trump and promoter of his baseless claim that Democrats stole the 2020 election.
His five months in Congress have been marked on several occasions by controversy and growing frustration within his party over his outrageous comments.
His comments binding mask rules to the leader of the Holocaust-led minority in the House Kevin mccarthy to denounce his words – while accusing Democrats of anti-Semitism.
“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” McCarthy said in a statement.
âLetâs be clear: the Republican House Conference condemns this language,â he added.
With the increase in violence against Jews in the United States in recent weeks, “anti-Semitism is on the rise within the Democratic Party and is being completely ignored by the President Nancy Pelosi“said McCarthy.
A handful of Democratic lawmakers have condemned Israel’s recent deadly airstrikes on Gaza, with at least one describing Israel as an “apartheid” state.
Pelosi, for his part, called Greene’s comments “beyond objectionable.”
Asked by reporters whether Greene should be kicked out or censored, Pelosi objected: “I think she should stop talking.”
Highest Republican in the Senate Mitch mcconnell also criticized Greene for one of his “frequent explosions” which he described as “absolutely outrageous and reprehensible”.
But he too stopped before saying whether action against Green should be taken.
The controversy began on Sunday when Greene, speaking to a Tory podcast, compared Pelosi’s decision to maintain mask rules for House lawmakers to Nazi actions against Jews.
Several Democrats have said Greene is unfit to serve in Congress.
But a provocative Greene insisted that it was the “socialist” left that discriminated against American citizens.
“Their attempts to shame, ostracize and mark Americans who choose not to be vaccinated or not to wear a mask are reminiscent of the great tyrants in history who have done the same with those who would not comply “she said in a statement.