“Well, first of all, any comparison with the Holocaust is more than reprehensible. This is – I don’t even have words to describe how disappointing it is to see this hyperbolic speech that frankly plays a lot against anti-Semitism, that we saw in our society today. Malicious attacks on the streets of New York and Los Angeles, “Meijer told CNN’s Dana Bash to the State of the Union.
During an interview last week on Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody Real America’s voice TV show “The Water Cooler,” the Georgia Congresswoman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being a hypocrite for asking GOP members had to prove that they were all vaccinated before allowing members to enter the chamber of the house without a mask.
“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 on trains and in gas chambers in the Nazi Germany were brought, “Greene said. “And this is the kind of abuse that Nancy Pelosi talks about.”
Greene later defended her comments to CNN subsidiary KPNX, saying, “I stand by all of my statements, I didn’t say anything wrong.”
“I think every sane Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany, and every sane Jewish person doesn’t like what happens with arrogant mask mandates and arrogant vaccination policies,” she said.
Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the comments, but Greene’s comments drew the ire of several Congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who was ousted from leadership in the House of Representatives earlier this month and publicly warned that the Republican Party’s current direction is “dangerous,” has called the comments “madness.” And Illinois Republican MP Adam Kinzinger, who previously spoke out against Greene, tweeted “Absolute Illness,” referring to the same clip of Greene’s comments.
Democratic Representatives Bill Pascrell from New Jersey and David Cicilline from Rhode Island tweeted their criticism of Greene’s remarks. And Massachusetts Democratic MP Jim McGovern even called for Greene’s resignation and asked House Minority Chairman Kevin McCarthy to acknowledge Greene’s comments.
“Rep. Greene’s anti-Semitic language, which compares the systematic murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust to wearing a mask, is more than troubling. She is a deeply troubled person who must apologize and step down. @GOPLeader has to deal with their anti-Semitism, “McGovern said on Saturday tweeted.
CNN has approached McCarthy’s office for comment.
Under current house rules, members can only remove their masks from the floor if they are approved to speak by the chairperson. The chair can also remove its mask when speaking from the podium.
CNN’s Rachel Janfaza, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer contributed to this report.
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