On Tuesday, Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) and House
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) both slammed Georgia
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
's ongoing efforts to compare pandemic-era public health
recommendations to the Holocaust
“Marjorie is wrong, and her deliberate choice to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to wearing masks
is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history, and the fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“Let me be clear: the House Republican
Conference condemns this language,” he said at the end.
McConnell simply stated, "Once again, an outrageous and reprehensible comment," in response to Greene's words.
The House Republican leader also used the occasion to take a shot at Democrats
, claiming that “anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party” as some in the party have questioned the US’s historically unwavering support for Israel
Marjorie is incorrect, and her deliberate decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to wearing masks is heinous.Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.My full statement: https://t.co/KnliN3YbJ2
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 25, 2021
Greene (R-Ga.) had weighed in on a Tennessee
grocery store's decision to allow vaccinated store employees and customers to enter the building unmasked. Vaccinated employees would have "a vaccination
logo" on their name badges, according to local CBS affiliate WVLT. Greene claimed that the vaccination logos were "just like" how "the Nazi
's [sic] forced Jewish people
to wear a gold star."
passports and mask mandates create discrimination against unvaccinated people,” Greene wrote, adding that she had already doubled down on the comparison over the weekend in response to criticism that it trivialized an event that killed millions of Jews during WWII.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) also stated that he "does not agree with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust," but he also made a dubious connection between elected Democrats questioning Israel's treatment of Palestinians