Rep. Peter Meijer
(R-Mich.) slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
(R-Ga.) on Sunday for comparing congressional mask mandates to Nazi-era violence.
“I don’t even have words to describe how disappointing it is to see this hyperbolic speech that, frankly, amps up and plays into a lot of the antisemitism that we have been seeing in our society today,” Meijer said of his far-right colleague on CNN
’s “State Of The Union” with host Dana Bash.
He alluded to a recent uptick in anti-Semitic attacks across the country, which coincided with Israel
's two-week bombardment of Gaza
“I condemn it in the strongest terms; there is no excuse for it,” he said of the recent violence in Los Angeles
and New York
Greene, who has been formally warned for failing to wear a mask on the House
floor, complained about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
's (D-Calif.) request that lawmakers prove they've been vaccinated against COVID-19
in order to be allowed to stop wearing a mask during a conversation on a Christian Broadcasting Network
podcast last week. She compared Pelosi's demands to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany
"I don't even have words to describe how disappointing it is to see this hyperbolic speech..." #CNNSOTU https://t.co/TrVk9nFECE
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Meijer claims that big personalities pushing meaningless messages — presumably Greene — are impeding efforts to find policy solutions to pressing issues like climate change
and competition with China
“The broader challenge right now is that that’s where the oxygen is, right? It’s in the most outlandish, far-fetched, attention-seeking message,” Meijer explained. “We should be talking about policies.”
Greene was stripped of her committee assignments earlier this year by fellow House members for endorsing violence against prominent Democrats
and supporting lies about mass shootings
, but she has received little to no rebuke from members of her own party despite repeatedly pulling offensive, attention-grabbing stunts and spreading hateful and dangerous conspiracy theories.