Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, insisting she’s ‘very much a normal person’

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., holds a news conference to apologize for her recent remarks equating mask mandates with the Holocaust in Washington on Monday, June 14, 2021.

  • Greene apologized for her previous comparisons of COVID-19 safety measures to the Holocaust.
  • She opened a news conference on Monday evening by saying: “I’m very much a normal person.”
  • Greene came under fire for comparing the House mask mandate to the horrors suffered by Jews in Nazi Germany.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday evening publicly apologized for her previous comparisons of COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccination efforts to the horrors suffered by Jews in Nazi Germany.

The Georgia Republican, known for her controversial statements, took a markedly different tone during a solo news conference, starting off by saying: “I always want to remind everyone – I’m very much a normal person.”

“One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it. And I have made a mistake and it’s really bothered me for a couple of weeks now, and so I definitely want to own it,” she said.

Greene told reporters that she visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, earlier in the day and wanted to make it clear that “there is no comparison to the Holocaust.”

“There are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made, that I know are offensive. And for that I want to apologize,” she said.

Greene’s apology comes as House Democrats move to censure her after she likened mask mandates and vaccine rules to the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust.

Greene attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi for keeping the House mask mandate in place although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted mask-wearing guidelines indoors for fully vaccinated individuals. Pelosi said that she was following guidance from the Capitol attending physician as vaccination rates in Congress, especially among Republicans, was unknown.

During an interview on a conservative podcast on May 20, Greene said: “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. And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

She also tweeted at the time that “vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”

The “gold star” reference, which historians more commonly refer to as a yellow star, was an identifier that Nazi Germany forced Jews to wear.

Several House Democrats swiftly condemned Greene’s language, followed by House Republican leadership. GOP leader Kevin McCarthy called her statements “wrong” and “appalling.”

Greene did not express any regret over her comments at the time, and instead doubled down on them in a series of tweets in which she described Democrats as “reminiscent of the great tyrants of history.”

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Rep. Steve Cohen says judging by Marjorie Taylor Greene’s press conference she ‘didn’t learn a lot’ about the Holocaust, after she apologized for previous remarks

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks to reporters about her recent interaction with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, as she leaves the Capitol after the last vote of the week.

  • Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish Democrat from Tennessee, said he appreciated Rep. Greene’s apology.
  • At a press conference, Greene distanced herself from comparing mask mandates and vaccine cards to the Holocaust.
  • Still, she said mask mandates were discriminatory, and she compared Democrats to Hitler’s National Socialist Party.
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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen told CNN on Monday that he was glad that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for her comparisons of mask mandates and vaccine cards to the Holocaust.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene held a press conference on Monday, apologizing for her comments over the past few weeks comparing vaccine documentation and mask mandates to Jews being required to wear yellow stars during the Holocaust.

“There is nothing comparable to the Holocaust,” Greene said outside of the Holocaust Museum.

But, after Greene doubled down on other controversial remarks during that same press conference, Cohen, who is Jewish, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it seemed she “didn’t learn a lot” from her visit.

During a brief question and answer period, Greene said she maintains that mask mandates are “a form of discrimination.” At the end of her conference, Greene said the policies of the Democratic Party are akin to Hitler’s National Socialist Party.

“The Nazis were about antisemitism, they were about killing all the Jewish people, they were about prejudice, and that is not anything the Democratic Party is for,” Cohen said. “It didn’t sound like it was from the heart.”

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Holocaust survivor blasts Marjorie Taylor Greene for comparing masks to Nazis forcing Jews to wear a yellow star and invites her to chat

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In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., sits in the House Chamber after they reconvened for arguments over the objection of certifying Arizona’s Electoral College votes in November’s election, at the Capitol in Washington

  • Serge Vinograd, a Holocaust survivor, criticized Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for comparing wearing a mask during the pandemic to Jews being forced to wear yellow stars.
  • “In one case, it is to protect life, in the other case it was the first step to elimination,” Serge said.
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Serge Vinograd, a Holocaust survivor, criticized Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for comparing wearing a mask during the pandemic to the Holocaust.

In the video, posted by Serge’s daughter, journalist Cassandra Vinograd, Serge says that most of his family was killed during the Holocaust.

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“I would like to meet representative Greene to explain to her the difference between wearing a mask in the USA during the pandemic, and wearing a yellow stars, like the Jews had to, during World War II,” Serge Vinograd said.

“In one case, it is to protect life, in the other case it was the first step to elimination,” Serge Vinograd said.

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“I’m a witness to what happened. I saw Jews being arrested, shot, deported. I saw the reactions of people wearing the yellow stars in the beginning. Their reaction, mine, my sister’s, the reactions of people in the streets, in school, the way that the Germans treated people wearing the yellow star,” he added.

On Tuesday, Greene compared vaccination badges that a grocery store was opting to have vaccinated employees wear instead of masks to the yellow star that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Shoah.

The Auschwitz Museum condemned Greene as well.

This was the second comment in less than a week where Greene made comparing pandemic precautions to the horrors of the Holocaust, where 6 million Jews were killed as part of the Nazi’s so-called Final Solution, and many Roma and Sinti, disabled people, gay people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Poles, and political prisoners were killed in concentration camps.

Last week, Greene compared Pelosi’s mask mandate to the systematic killing of Jews by the Nazis.

She told the program “Real America’s Voice”: “You know, we can look back at a time in history when 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. And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

While more than 90% of the Senate has been vaccinated, CNN writes that “more than 100 Republicans in the House still won’t disclose their vaccine status,” therefore Pelosi is still mandating masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy waited until Tuesday, when Greene’s follow-up tweet was posted, to condemn the language.

“It was a way to find out how Jews would be segregated and then eliminated,” Serge Vinograd said. “The mask was a step to protect people, the star was a way to segregate people and move to the final solution, and to eliminate them.”

“Six million Jews were arrested, killed, and never came back. I would like to explain to Rep. Greene that you cannot, and should not compare the two,” he added.

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The Auschwitz Museum slammed Marjorie Taylor Greene after she likened vaccination logos to Jewish people wearing gold stars during the Holocaust

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  • 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.

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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.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene doubles down on vaccine-Holocaust comparison, claims grocery store’s ‘vaccination logos’ are ‘just like’ how ‘Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star’

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.

  • Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday made another vaccine-Holocaust comparison.
  • She made the analogy based on a local news report about a grocery store.
  • Greene attempted to clarify she only meant “discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”
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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia once again compared COVID-19 public health measures to the systematic discrimination and killing of Jews in the Holocaust.

In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Greene linked to a local news report about a grocery store allowing vaccinated customers to shop mask-free if they show proof of vaccination. Part of the report involved employees being able to go mask free if they wore a “vaccination logo displayed on their name badge,” according to WVLT 8, a CBS affiliate in Tennessee.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”

The “gold star” Greene was referring to, more commonly referred to by historians as a yellow star, were used as identification that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazi regime across occupied territories in Europe during the Holocaust.

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Greene subsequently lashed out at critics, claiming she was referring to “only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”

Those “early” human rights violations by Nazi forces, such as the compulsory yellow stars and pogroms such as Kristallnacht, directly led to the rounding up of Jews for mass executions and forced labor in concentration camps.

Greene made a similar comparison earlier this month in a tirade against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over mask mandates in the lower chamber.

The freshman congresswoman has a well-documented history of promoting conspiracy theories, several of which involve antisemitic tropes.

In February, Greene was stripped of all her committee assignments by a majority of House members, giving her minimal input on legislation while remaining an elected member of Congress.

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‘Beyond reprehensible’: GOP Rep. Peter Meijer slams Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comparison of mask mandates to the Holocaust

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Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan.

  • Rep. Meijer rebuked Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments comparing a mask policy to the Holocaust.
  • “Any comparisons to the Holocaust – it’s beyond reprehensible,” he said.
  • While all House Democrats have been vaccinated, just 45% of GOP members have reported receiving shots.
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GOP Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan on Sunday slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia for comparing the mask policy on the House floor to the Holocaust, calling her comments “beyond reprehensible.”

Meijer and Greene are both freshmen in the House Republican Caucus.

Greene has long had a penchant for attracting controversy, though, from stalking Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg before taking office to her constant needling of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

In February, Greene lost her House committee assignments after endorsing violence against her political opponents on social media.

However, Greene’s most recent comments have drawn a new wave of criticism, including a rebuke from Meijer on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Any comparisons to the Holocaust – it’s beyond reprehensible,” he said. “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 anti-Semitism that we’ve been seeing in our society today, vicious attacks on the streets of New York and in Los Angeles that should be, and I do condemn that in the strongest terms. There’s no excuse for that.”

During an appearance on Real America’s Voice last Thursday, Greene likened the House mask policy to the Holocaust.

“You know, we can look back at a time in history when 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,” she said. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

Jewish organizations immediately Greene’s comments.

“You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers & other Nazi atrocities,” the American Jewish Congress tweeted. “Such comparisons demean the Holocaust & contaminate American political speech.”

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The group has asked that Greene retract her statements.

However, in an interview with Arizona 12 News reporter Bianca Buono, Greene doubled down on her comments.

“No one should be treated like a second-class citizen for saying ‘I don’t need to wear a mask,’ or saying that my medical records are my privacy based on my HIPAA rights, and so I stand by all of my statements,” Greene said. “I said nothing wrong.”

She added: “I think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany, and any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what’s happening with overbearing mask mandates and overbearing vaccine policies.”

Several Republicans have attempted to flout House regulations mandating masks on the floor, pointing to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that fully-vaccinated Americans can forgo mask-wearing in most places.

However, while all House Democrats have reported being vaccinated, just 45 percent of House Republicans indicated that they have received their shots, prompting the mandate to remain in place.

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Despite criticism, Marjorie Taylor Greene says she still stands behind her Holocaust statement

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks to reporters about her recent interaction with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, as she leaves the Capitol after the last vote of the week.

  • GOP Marjorie Taylor Greene compared mask mandates to the Holocaust on Thursday.
  • Her comments prompted sharp criticism from other lawmakers.
  • On Saturday, Greene told an Arizona reporter she said nothing wrong and is standing by her remarks.
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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she’s still standing behind her Holocaust comments despite criticism and condemnation.

On Saturday, Greene told Arizona’s 12 News reporter Bianca Buono she’s not apologizing for her comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust.

“No one should be treated like a second-class citizen for saying ‘I don’t need to wear a mask,’ or saying that my medical records are my privacy based on my HIPAA rights, and so I stand by all of my statements,” Greene told Buono after an event she held with Rep. Matt Gaetz. “I said nothing wrong.”

“And I think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany, and any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what’s happening with overbearing mask mandates and overbearing vaccine policies,” Greene added.

On Thursday, Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “mentally ill’ for enforcing a mask mandate and compared the mandate to the Holocaust in an interview with the far-right network Real America’s Voice.

“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.”

Her comments garnered criticism and backlash from other lawmakers, including Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, who called Greene “a troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.”

“The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives,” Cicilline said in a tweet.

Buono pushed back and asked the freshman congresswoman if she understood why people might find her comments offensive, to which Greene replied: “Well do you understand how people feel about being forced to wear masks or being forced to have to take a vaccine or even have to say that whether they’d taken it or not? These are just things that shouldn’t be happening in America. This is a free country, and it’s just ridiculous to have these kinds of conversations.”

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