On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger
(R-Ill.) blasted some of his Republican colleagues for comparing the Biden administration
's latest COVID-19
vaccination campaign to Nazism.
congressman appeared on CNN
's "State of the Union
" and called Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene
(Ga.) and Lauren Boebert
(Colo.)'s Holocaust-invoking comments "absolute insanity."
“This is outrage politics
that my party is playing, and it’s going to get Americans killed,” Kinzinger said. “Our party has been hijacked, my party has been hijacked. It’s on its way to the ground, and for some people
, it’s a fun ride, right? We can put this outrageous stuff on Twitter
, ‘Yeah, I’m getting all these retweets and everybody knows me, I’m famous,’ but this plane is
is safe. Covid is real. Get vaccinated," GOP
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said. "I call on every leader in the Republican party
to stand up, say 'get vaccinated,' and to call out these garbage politicians
... playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/LM6TDfGPqa — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 11, 2021
The congressman's remarks come just days after Greene, who is known for spreading conspiracy
theories, falsely tweeted that COVID-19 is a "political tool used to control people" and that people don't need "medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations
Greene was attempting to compare health care
response teams deployed to under-vaccinated communities with a high incidence of the virus to the Nazi Party Brownshirts, a paramilitary group that aided Adolf Hitler
's rise to power by violently intimidating Jews.
On Thursday, Boebert tweeted that Biden had “deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County.” The Auschwitz Memorial
responded, saying that “using the tragedy of all people who... were humiliated, tortured, and murdered by the hateful totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany
to argue against vaccination that saves human lives is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”
The use of the tragedy of all people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured, and murdered by Nazi Germany's hateful totalitarian regime between 1933 and 1945 to argue against vaccination that saves lives is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline. — Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) July 10, 2021
's comments were in response to the administration's new targeted community outreach program, which aims to ensure that every individual in the country has the opportunity to get vaccinated against the virus. The president
announced the program as the delta variant
spreads throughout the country, and almost all of those infected are unvaccinated.
“Now we must go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door to door literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people” who have not been vaccinated, said Biden.
While Boebert and Greene used Nazi imagery to mock the program, Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) compared the door-knocking campaign to the Soviet Union, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn
(R-N.C.) said the administration will enter homes and force people to get the vaccine, among other things.
Kinzinger asserted that, while Biden may have better articulated the plan, the administration never stated that “they're going to break down your door and jam a vaccine in your arm despite your protest
“Listen, if you are a Republican voter, do not listen to Marjorie Taylor Greene. The vaccine is safe, and COVID is real,” he continued, adding that GOP leaders, such as House
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.), must encourage Americans to get vaccinated and “call out these garbage politicians, these absolute clown
politicians playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain.”