21 Republican lawmakers vote against honoring law enforcement for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.

  • More than 20 GOP lawmakers voted against a bill awarding law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
  • Not a single House Democrat opposed the measure, which passed with the overwhelming support of 406 members.
  • A few Republican lawmakers took issue with calling the storming of the Capitol an “insurrection.”
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More than 20 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot.

Not a single House Democrat opposed the measure, which passed with the overwhelming support of 406 members.

A few Republican lawmakers said they opposed the bill because it referred to the riot led by former President Donald Trump’s loyalists to disrupt Congress’ certification of the presidential election as an “insurrection.”

“I think it was a mob, but I don’t think it was an insurrection,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican.

“I think if we call that an insurrection, it could have a bearing on their case that I don’t think would be good,” Massie told reporters on Tuesday. “If they just wanted to give the police recognition, they could have done it without trying to make it partisan, without sticking that in there,” he added.

Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania conservative, called the legislation “garbage.”

Far-right Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also said she disagreed with the use of the term and didn’t approve of the bill’s description of the Capitol building as “the temple of our American Democracy.”

Senators have already introduced a similar piece of legislation that will likely pass the chamber.

In March, the House passed a different bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police and the DC Police Department that failed to pass the Senate. A dozen Republican House members opposed that bill. Last month, the Senate honored Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who was widely celebrated for protecting lawmakers and deterring rioters inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Much of the current GOP opposition stems from some of the language in the bills, specifically around the Democrats’ use of the term “insurrectionists” to describe the rioters who overtook the Capitol.

Tuesday’s resolution also named the three officers who died in the aftermath of the riots, Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffrey Smith, and included Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed on April 2 during a car-ramming attack at a Capitol Hill security barricade.

Another difference in Tuesday’s version is that it calls for four medals to be awarded to the various police forces who aided the effort, with one medal to be displayed within the Capitol.

Senate leaders struck a deal with the House to broaden Tuesday’s resolution so that all officers who responded receive a gold medal, and not just Eugene Goodman, meaning that the Senate may be more unified in supporting the current bill.

The Republicans who voted against the second version of the bill on Tuesday were:

  • Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado
  • Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas
  • Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia
  • Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texa
  • Rep. Bob Good of Virginia
  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
  • Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland
  • Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia
  • Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois
  • Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama
  • Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina
  • Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • Rep. John Rose of Tennessee
  • Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana
  • Rep. Chip Roy of Texas
  • Rep. Greg Steube of Florida

[Background on what exactly is in the bill and why this version will likely pass as opposed to last version]

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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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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she doesn’t believe in the ‘so-called science’ of evolution

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) arrives for a House Republican caucus candidate forum to replace outgoing conference chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) at the Capitol on May 13, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she doesn’t believe evolution exists.
  • Evolution has been comprehensively studied by scientists and is considered a real occurrence.
  • “I don’t believe in evolution,”Greene said. “I don’t believe in that type of so-called science.”
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On a podcast released earlier this week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she doesn’t “believe in evolution.”

“I don’t believe in that type of so-called science,” Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, said.

Greene made the remarks on the “Real America’s Voice” podcast, hosted by Steve Bannon, ex-aide to former President Donald Trump.

Among scientists, evolution is considered to be an infallible theory, backed by comprehensive research and evidence. But several polls conducted in the last 15 years have found that the majority of Republicans do not believe evolution is real.

During a discussion with Bannon about COVID-19 origin theories, Greene peddled the unproven claim that the virus had been created in a lab and disseminated out into the public on purpose. Scientists haven’t ruled out the possibility that the coronavirus leaked from a lab.

Greene alluded to gain-of-function research, in which scientists deliberately enhance pathogens in a lab to study their spreadability and prepare for future pandemics. This kind of research can also help scientists create vaccines and treatments in response to the pathogen.

Conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus have spread for over a year. Gain-of-function research has now become something of a household term after conspiracy theorists tried to connect Dr. Anthony Fauci to unfounded claims that the virus was created at a Wuhan lab using grant money from the National Institutes of Health.

Opponents to this research method say scientists are unnecessarily exposing humans to more dangerous viruses this way.

“Why is there any need to create a virus that could spread rapidly through a population, make people sick and kill them? That’s a bioweapon,” Greene said. “So we need to very clear about what was the intent of COVID-19 and these viruses that they experiment with like some sort of Dr. Frankenstein experiments.”

Bannon then interrupted Greene, asking if she believed in gain-of-function research. Greene said didn’t believe in this method of research because “I don’t believe in evolution,” she told Bannon.

“I believe in God,” Greene added.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene broke out a ‘really bad Mexican accent’ during a speech in Georgia to mock drug cartels and Democrats

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U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) addresses a news conference on Capitol Hill on February 5, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday broke out in an attempted Mexican accent during a speech.
  • She claimed that Democrats were “in the business of helping the cartels.”
  • Greene, a Republican representative from Georgia, has a history of controversial remarks.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene put on an accent to mock Mexican drug cartels and Democrats during a speech in Georgia.

The Republican representative, already in hot water for a string of controversial remarks, broke out on Thursday an accent while attempting to connect the Democratic Party to drug cartels in Mexico.

The Democrats are “in business of helping the cartels,” she said. “The cartels love the Democrats. They’re down there, they’re like this, ‘We’re making a lot of money off of Biden – Joe Biden.'”

“That’s my really bad Mexican accent,” she added.

Greene is the subject of an expulsion petition circulating on Change.org. The petition, which asks House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “immediately” expel Greene from Congress, has so far collected more than 200,000 signatures.

The petition began after Greene compared coronavirus mask mandates to the Holocaust. In the days after she made those remarks, Greene, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, has ardently defended them.

“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,” she said, likening mask mandates to an event that killed millions of Jews.

Earlier this month, a video resurfaced of Greene saying she’d defend statues of Hitler and Satan to preserve history.

“Whether I see a statue that may be something that I would fully disagree with, like Adolf Hitler, maybe a statue of Satan himself, I would not want to say, ‘take it down,'” she said last June.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly slammed Greene for her remarks since her election to Congress last November. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might seek a restraining order against Greene after she chased her outside the House chamber and shouted at her.

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A Democrat challenging Marjorie Taylor Greene in the midterms was kicked out of her ‘America First’ event

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Screenshot from a video tweeted by Marcus Flowers showing him speaking to an apparent security guard at the “America First” rally in Dalton, Georgia, on May 27, 2021.

  • Marcus Flowers, a Democrat, is challenging Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in the 2022 midterms.
  • He was kicked out of her “America First” rally on Thursday.
  • Flowers posted a video of an apparent security guard suggesting that he was a threat to the event.
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A Democrat running against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia in the 2022 midterms was kicked out of the Georgia lawmaker’s “America First” rally on Thursday, the Atlanta news outlet 11 Alive and The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea reported.

Marcus Flowers, who plans to run for Georgia’s 14th congressional district next year, tweeted a video showing him speaking to what appears to be a security guard at the event in Dalton, Georgia.

The video appeared to be a compilation of three separate clips taken in the same place.

One of the clips shows the man telling Flowers: “We recognize you as somebody that will cause problems here potentially.”

Another clip shows the man saying: “My job is to assess a threat.”

Insider has contacted Greene and Flowers for comment.

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Flowers told 11 Alive: “I know that her team saw me as a threat. Why? I don’t know.”

When asked if he was threatening to steal attention from Greene, Flowers said: “You know, that’s possible, but that’s not what I was there for. I was there to listen,” according to 11 Alive.

Bethea of The New Yorker reported that Flowers spoke to Greene’s supporters after being removed from the event.

In his caption accompanying the video, Flowers said: “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will chase and harass her colleagues in the hall of Congress, but won’t even be in the same room as a constituent,” an apparent reference to reports that Greene chased Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York down a congressional hallway and screamed at her earlier this month.

At the Thursday event Flowers was removed from, Greene compared Democrats to Nazis, saying: “You know, Nazis were the National Socialist party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

Greene is holding the “America First” tour alongside Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who, like Greene, is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene doubled down on her Holocaust narrative, saying Nazis were the ‘National Socialist Party’ of their time like the Democrats are now

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Democrats to Nazis.
  • She said: “You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”
  • She previously compared COVID-19 vaccination badges to the yellow star Nazis forced Jews to wear.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Democrats to Nazis at a Georgia rally.

She said the media had spent four years “calling Republicans Nazis” and said the word “Nazi” is a “mean, nasty dirty word.”

She then said: “You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

Watch her speak here:

Earlier this week, she compared COVID-19 vaccination badges to the yellow star that Nazis forced Jewish people to wear.

Her comments drew widespread condemnation, including from the GOP House leadership.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who compared mask rules to the Holocaust, once said AOC ‘should be shamed’ for comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting.”
  • Greene made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live reported by CNN’s KFile.
  • Greene attacked AOC at the time for comparing migrant detention facilities to concentration camps.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been denounced for her repeated comparisons of mask-wearing and coronavirus vaccination efforts to the horrors suffered by Jews during the Holocaust, once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting” and “incomprehensible.”

According to CNN’s KFile, the Georgia Republican made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live post, before she was a member of Congress.

Greene directed her remarks at Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who at the time had come under fire for tweeting that migrant detention facilities at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration function like concentration camps. “We are calling these camps what they are because they fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

Several GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s statements, while Democrats, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, came to her defense.

Greene slammed Ocasio-Cortez at the time, saying the comparison is “just so disturbing,” per CNN.

“She should be shamed by everyone that she’s actually using those terms and making that comparison,” Greene said. “And I think it’s an embarrassment to our country that we actually have a congresswoman that would do such a thing. And I’m calling her out big time. I think everyone should call her out.”

“She should never, ever, make that comparison,” Greene continued. “It’s insulting, extremely insulting to the families who have family members that were murdered or survived concentration camps. And that just shows you a lot about who she is as a person. And then also anyone that agrees with her and the Democrat party.”

Greene’s newly-unveiled comments come as top House Republicans, including McCarthy, have condemned the congresswoman for her recent likening of mask-wearing and vaccine rules to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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

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

Greene said last week that the House mask mandate enforced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “exactly the type of abuse” Nazis committed against Jews.

McCarthy, the House minority leader, said on Tuesday that Greene’s language was “wrong” and “appalling.” At least one GOP lawmaker, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has called for Greene’s expulsion from the House Republican conference.

Greene has since doubled down on her stances and used the controversy to attack Democrats, saying they are “reminiscent of the great tyrants of history.”

Greene’s office did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene must be expelled from GOP conference for Holocaust comments, says Adam Kinzinger

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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Adam Kinzinger

  • Adam Kinzinger says Greene should be expelled from the GOP conference for her Holocaust comments.
  • “What we can do … is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference,” Kinzinger said.
  • More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Greene’s expulsion from the House.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene should be expelled from the GOP conference because of her comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, her Republican colleague Adam Kinzinger said.

Rep. Kinzinger said that their party should “take a stand” and “say you don’t belong” at the conference.

“You can’t stop somebody from calling themselves a Republican,” Kinzinger told a Politico Live event on Tuesday.

Kinzinger has vocally criticized former President Donald Trump for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6, and earlier in May compared the Republican party to a “sinking” Titanic ship following Rep. Liz Cheney’s expulsion from House leadership.

“What we can do as a party is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference,” he said.

“That’s what I think we should do. I think we should kick her out of the conference, prevent her from coming to conference meetings, benefiting from conference materials.”

Greene, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, initially drew the comparison between mask mandates and the Holocaust in an interview with far-right network Real America’s Voice. It came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enforced mask-wearing rules inside the Capitol building.

“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.”

The comments drew intense criticism from House lawmakers, as well as from the Auschwitz Museum, but Greene refused to apologize for them, claiming she was being bullied by Democratic colleagues.

Kinzinger said that while he hadn’t yet spoken to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about Greene, “we’re going to be looking at what we can do” to expel her.

“[McCarthy] obviously has the ability to remove people from leadership or remove people from the conference,” Kinzinger said, adding “I hope he does.”

The comments came as more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for Greene’s expulsion from the House for her comments.

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A petition to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House has been signed by over 100,000 people after she compared mask mandates to the Holocaust

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The petition calls for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to be “immediately expelled from Congress.”

  • A petition calling for the expulsion of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has more than 100,000 signatures.
  • The petition calls for Greene to be “immediately expelled from Congress.”
  • It follows her comments comparing coronavirus-related mask mandates to the Holocaust.
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A petition calling for the expulsion of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House of Representatives has collected more than 100,000 signatures after she compared coronavirus-related mask mandates to the Holocaust.

The petition was created on Change.org on Sunday, and it called for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to ensure Greene be “immediately expelled from Congress.”

Greene, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, on Saturday defended her Holocaust comments, which came in an interview with the far-right network Real America’s Voice.

Greene in that interview called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “mentally ill” and 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 added.

The petition was created by David Weissman, an Army veteran who once supported Trump but has since become a supporter of Democrats.

It called on McCarthy, the Republican House leader, to remove Greene from Congress and said: “Her recent comments comparing Covid-19 CDC guidelines to the Holocaust are deeply offensive and are just one of the many different ways she’s violated her oath as a member of Congress.”

Greene, who previously suggested wildfires in California had been caused by Jewish-controlled space lasers, has largely escaped censure from GOP leadership despite a track record of inflammatory comments.

McCarthy’s office said in February that he would have a “conversation” with Greene after some of her social-media activity came under scrutiny.

Insider contacted Greene’s office for comment.

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