WASHINGTON – Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy joined a quick chorus of outrage at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., On Tuesday after doubling down on his comparison of the rules related to Covid-19 with the Holocaust.
“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” McCarthy said in a statement, after trying to ignore controversial lawmakers. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this has to be declared today is deeply troubling. ”
McCarthy added: “Americans must unite to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust. Let’s be clear: the Republican House Conference condemns this language. “
McCarthy did not say, however, whether Greene should be punished for his remarks.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., also denounced Mr. Greene on Tuesday, telling the Senate that his most recent comments “are disgusting and reprehensible comments, and she should immediately end it. vile language ”.
Greene, who had previously suggested that the California wildfires were ignited by Jewish space lasers, tweeted Tuesday morning, an article on the Food City grocery chain allowing vaccinated employees to go inside without a mask while wearing vaccination logos on their badges.
Greene compared the logos to the yellow stars of David, marked with “Jude,” the German word for Jew, which the Nazis required European Jews to wear on their clothing in public.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo, just like the Jewish people forced by the Nazis to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted, adding, “Vaccine passports and mask warrants discriminate against people. non-evacuated who trust their immune system against a virus that can survive 99%. . “
The Jewish badges commissioned by the Nazis were “a key part of their larger plan to persecute and ultimately annihilate the Jewish population of Europe,” according to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. “They used the badge not only to stigmatize and humiliate Jews, but also to isolate them, to monitor and control their movements and to prepare for deportation.
Greene has provided no evidence to support his claim that vaccine passports and mask warrants lead to discrimination against unvaccinated people. His claim that Covid-19 can survive 99% also gives the impression that the disease is not that deadly. More than 594,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according to the NBC News tracker.
In a follow-up tweeter On Tuesday, Greene wrote: “Soon it will be …” We are only hiring vaccinated people, show your vax papers. “” We only admit vaccinated students, show your Vax papers. “These bathrooms are reserved for vaccinated people, show your Vax papers. Then…… scan your barcode or slip your chip on your arm. ”
Lawmakers and others quickly condemned Greene on Tuesday.
Jeff Miller, former McCarthy adviser and Holocaust Museum board member, tweeted Tuesday his tweet was “disgusting, ignorant and offensive”.
“WTF not right for you? I think you must visit the American Holocaust Museum, ”Miller wrote on Twitter. “If I’m wrong and you’re not ignorant of the Holocaust… then you’re disgusting. “
Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Tweeted: “A party that wants this person as a member is a party that should never be allowed to govern. “
Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, also tweeted: “I woke up, I read the Hawaii news, I read the national news, I used this app, I saw that a member of the Republican House was anti-Semitic and compared the vaccinations to the Holocaust, made coffee. ”
“A reminder that she could have been defeated in the GOP primary in 20, but Kevin McCarthy chose not to. The GOP leadership wants the voters to bring with them, ”tweeted Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.
After the criticisms that followed online of his posts, Greene then tweeted that she did not compare the rules of Covid “to the Holocaust, only to the discrimination against Jews in the early Nazi years.” Stop fueling leftist media attacks against me ”.
Last week, Greene compared the current requirement to wear a mask on the floor of the House of Representatives to the Holocaust.
“This woman is mentally ill,” Greene said of Pelosi, D-Calif., In an interview on the “The Water Cooler With David Brody” podcast. “You know we can look back to a time in history when people had 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. , and this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about. ”
Democrats and a few anti-Trump Republicans denounced his comments, including Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Cheney called the comparison “devilish madness” and Kinzinger said his remarks amounted to “absolute sickness.”