- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared a grocery store’s “vaccination logo” system to yellow stars forcibly worn by Jews during the Holocaust.
- The Auschwitz Memorial condemned Greene’s comparison, saying her remarks were a “sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”
- Greene previously compared the ongoing mask mandate in the House to the treatment of people during the Holocaust.
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The Auschwitz Museum on Tuesday condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she likened a grocery store’s “vaccination logos” to how “Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”
Earlier Tuesday, Greene responded to a local Tennessee grocery store that said employees were not required to wear a mask if they wore a “vaccination logo displayed on their name badge,” saying the “vaccination logo” was like a yellow star forcibly worn by Jews during the Holocaust.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene wrote in a tweet. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”
The gold star that Greene referred to in her tweet, more commonly referred to by historians as a yellow star, were badges that Nazi Germans forced Jews in Europe to wear as a form of identification.
Responses to the Georgia congresswoman included a message from the Auschwitz Memorial Museum, located at the site of the concentration camp in Poland where more than 1 million people – a majority of which were Jewish – were killed during the Holocaust.
“The instrumentalization of the tragedy of Jews who suffered, were humiliated, marked with a yellow star, isolated in ghettos & murdered during the Holocaust, in a debate on different systems that aim at protecting public health is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline,” the museum tweeted in response.
Greene’s comparison between the grocery store’s “vaccination” logos and yellow stars was not the first time the Georgia lawmaker drew a comparison between public health precautions and systemic discrimination during the Holocaust.
Earlier this month, Greene lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she announced an ongoing mask mandate while in the chamber. Greene called Pelosi “mentally ill” and compared the mask mandate, which she described as “abuse,” to treatment during the Holocaust.
“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,” Greene said. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”