Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
's recent trip to the Holocaust Museum
appears to have had no effect on her
comparison of vaccines
to Nazi-era Germany
On Tuesday, the far-right congresswoman known for spreading conspiracy
theories tweeted that COVID-19
is a “political tool used to control people
” because President Joe Biden
is encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against the virus.
“People have a choice, they don't need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations
,” she said on Twitter
, adding that “you can't force people to be part of the human experiment.”
People have a choice, and they don't need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations. You can't force people to be a part of the human experiment. https://t.co/S8qlstuSqL
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) July 6, 2021
Greene was responding to a video clip of Biden explaining his administration's plan to ensure that every person in the country has the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19. She accused Biden of endorsing vaccines that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration
, even though the FDA has approved them for emergency use and even after months of people being safely vaccinated has resulted in an increase in the number of people getting vaccinated.
Greene has a history
of anti-Semitic remarks, including one in which he compared public health
recommendations during the pandemic
to actions during the Holocaust
, which drew criticism from members of both political parties.
Greene tweeted an article on May 25 about a Tennessee
market allowing vaccinated workers and employees to enter the store unmasked, with employees wearing a logo on their name tags to show they've been vaccinated and are allowed to go maskless, comparing the logo to Jewish
Europeans being forced to wear a yellow star during the Holocaust.
Greene also tweeted an article about the University
allowing only vaccinated students on campus in the fall, with the caveat that students can be exempted for religious or health reasons as long as they agree to be tested on a regular basis. The lawmaker stated that “it appears Nazi practices have already begun on our youth
Greene was issued a formal warning for violating House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
's rule requiring members of Congress to wear masks
on the House floor.
“We can look back in history to a time when people were told to wear a gold star, and.... were put in trains
and taken to gas
chambers in Nazi Germany,” she said on the radio. “This is exactly the type of abuse
that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
Greene's remarks prompted the Holocaust Museum in Washington
, to publish an open letter signed by more than 50 Holocaust survivors to U.S. leaders and the general public, as well as republishing earlier articles about why Holocaust analogies are dangerous and why some Jews were forced to wear a yellow star.
Greene held a press conference in June to apologize for her anti-Semitic remarks and to say she had gone to the Holocaust museum that day to learn more about the horrors of the Nazi genocide, despite the fact that the congresswoman and most people were already aware of the Holocaust's horrors without visiting a museum.
During the same press conference, Greene refused to retract her comparison of the modern Democratic Party
to Nazi-era Germany's National Socialist
Party, refused to admit knowing many QAnon
followers are Holocaust deniers, and refused to condemn former President Donald Trump
's suggestion that there were good people on both sides during the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville
, Virginia, in A Nation Divided.
Greene's tweet on Tuesday is thought to be her first public comment comparing public health recommendations to Nazi Germany since visiting the museum. Her comparison to the so-called Brownshirts, a paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party, likened the public health measures to the Sturmabteilung's violent intimidation of Jews.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) both criticized Greene's previous remarks.
“Marjorie is wrong, and her deliberate decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to wearing masks is appalling,” McCarthy said in May. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history, and the fact that this needs to be stated today
is very troubling. Let me be clear: The House Republican
Conference condemns this language.”
Despite these public condemnations, Republican leaders continue to believe Greene's actions are not serious enough to warrant
her expulsion, which would require a two-thirds vote of the House GOP
caucus. McCarthy did not respond to Stardia's request for comment on Tuesday's tweet.