Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compares House mask requirements to ‘gas chambers in Nazi Germany’

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., back left, and former OMB Director and President of Citizens for Renewing America Russ Vought, as they express their opposition to “critical race theory,” during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN) — Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is drawing ire and condemnation for a statement she recently made comparing COVID-19 safety restrictions taken inside the U.S. Capitol to actions made towards Jews during the Holocaust.

During an interview on the conservative cable network Real America’s Voice, Rep. Greene slammed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and told host of “The Water Cooler with David Brody,” podcast: “This woman [Pelosi] is mentally ill. You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told 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.”

The Washington Post reports The American Jewish Congress is demanding an apology and retraction from Greene.

“You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers & other Nazi atrocities. Such comparisons demean the Holocaust & contaminate American political speech. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must immediately retract and apologize.”

American Jewish Congress

CEO of Virginia Beach-based United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Betty Ann Levin released a statement Monday in response to Greene’s remarks.

“It is inappropriate to use or invoke the Holocaust with regard to public health policy as it is an insult to those murdered in the Holocaust. I consider us fortunate in the 2nd district of Virginia to be represented by an elected official like Congresswoman Elaine Luria, whose remarks on the House floor on May 14th in support of Jews around the world is so commendable.”

Meanwhile, fellow Republican Liz Cheney called the comparison “evil lunacy,” according to WaPo. Cheney was recently removed from Republican leadership for her comments against former President Donald Trump.

Another Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said simply, “Absolute sickness.”

Greene has been an extremely polarizing figure in U.S. politics since her election last November. Greene’s past comments — including QAnon theories and calling 9/11 and school shootings hoaxes — resulted in her removal from House committees.

While Greene later explained that she was “allowed to believe things that weren’t true,” her behavior has continued raising concerns among Congress. Earlier this month, a video from 2019 surfaced, which showed Greene harassing Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez through the mail slot at her U.S. Capitol office.

In the now-deleted video, Greene could be heard saying telling Ocasio-Cortez to “take off your diaper… If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.”

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