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 attempting to ignore controversial lawmakers. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that it has to be declared today is deeply disturbing.”
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.
In a statement later Tuesday, following bipartisan criticism, Greene doubled down on his statement – attempting to blame “the media and the Democrats”.
“I’m sorry some of my words make people uncomfortable, but that’s exactly what the American left is,” she said. “And they are the United States last in every way.”
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said in a statement Tuesday that Pelosi had spoken out against anti-Semitism for decades, including Monday.
“Chief McCarthy has waited days to even issue a statement in response to one of his members demeaning the Holocaust, and he clearly intends to continue welcoming Marjorie Taylor Greene into the GOP and protecting her from any real consequence or responsibility for his anti-Semitism, “Hammill” Chief McCarthy’s silence speaks volumes about his allegiance to the more extreme elements of the GOP conference. “
House Minority Whip spokeswoman Steve Scalise, R-La., Said in a statement Tuesday: “He disagrees with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust. We must also speak out. firmly against the dangerous anti-Semitism that is growing in our streets and within the Democratic Party, resulting in an alarming number of violent and horrific attacks against Jews. “
Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., who replaced Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., As chair of the House GOP conference earlier this month, tweeted on Tuesday: “Equating wearing masks and vaccines to The Holocaust belittles most importantly We must all work together to educate our fellow Americans about the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust. #Never again. “
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 are given 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 unsolicited 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 United States 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 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 for vaccinated people only, show your Vax papers. Then … … scan your barcode or swipe your chip on your arms. “
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 have to visit the American Holocaust Museum,” Miller wrote on Twitter. “If I am wrong and you are not ignorant of the Holocaust … then you are 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 the 20’s, but Kevin McCarthy chose not to. The GOP leadership wants the voters they bring with them,” tweeted Rep. Brendan Boyle. , D-Pa.
After the criticisms that followed online of his posts, Greene then tweeted that she was not comparing the rules of Covid “to the Holocaust, only the discrimination against Jews in the early Nazi years. Stop fueling left-wing media attacks on 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 on 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.”