Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had a chance to walk back her remarks comparing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House mask mandate to the Holocaust. Instead, she doubled down. In an episode of David Brody’s podcast “The Water Cooler,” Greene called Pelosi “mentally ill” for asking Republican members of congress to prove they had been vaccinated before she would allow them to enter the House without a mask on. “You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star,” she said. “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.”
The American Jewish Congress urged Greene to apologize, saying, “such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech.” But Greene did nothing of the sort. “I stand by all of my statements,” she later said.
Greene has made anti-Semitic comments in the past. She has implied that a “space laser” connected to Jewish banking families was responsible for the 2018 Camp Fire in California. She also liked a tweet that suggested Israel was involved in John F. Kennedy’s assassination, according to Salon. And she rose to prominence as a promoter of the anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theory.