WASHINGTON – Rep. Apologizes Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday for harassing people recent comments comparing the required wearing of safety masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust.
“I’m sorry to upset people with statements about the Holocaust,” the Georgia Republican told reporters outside the Capitol, who said he visited Washington’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum the previous day. “There’s no comparison and nothing really happens.”
Greene’s comments are a striking expression of remorse for the conservative agitator, a freshman whose career has been riddled with violent and hurtful conspiracy theories and angry confrontations with progressive colleagues.
His apology came more than three weeks after appearing on a conservative podcast and comparing the safety requirements of COVID-19 adopted by Democrats controlling the House to “a time and history in which it was told people who wear a gold star. ” He said they were “loaded on trains and taken to gas rooms in Nazi Germany. This is exactly the kind of abuse that Nancy Pelosi was talking about.” Pelosi, D-Calif., Spoke at the House.
Greene’s comments were condemned by Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Who called the comparison “shocking.”
GOP leaders have consistently refused to vote for Greene, a close ally of former President Donald Trump. After seeing social media posts where Greene suggested support for the implementation of some Democratic leaders, McCarthy and most Republicans stood up for him when the House took the unusual step of removing him. in his committee duties in February.
But when members of the Capitol Chamber returned on Monday after a three -week hiatus, Greene regretted it.
Anti-Semitism is a real hatred, “he said.” And I see that now on Holocaust Museum. ”
In 2018, two years before his election to Congress, he speculated on Facebook that California fires could be caused by “lasers or blue beams of light” controlled by a left -wing cabal tied to a strong Jewish family.
On Monday, he told reporters that at the age of 19, he visited the Auschwitz concentration camp area where during World War II was occupied by Nazi Poland. “It’s not as I know it now,” he said of the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews and many more people were killed. “I’m going now because I think it’s important,” he said, and he wanted to talk about it as he apologized.
House leaders recently said vaccinated people no longer need to wear a chamber mask.
Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Said he would introduce a House resolution this week to reprimand Greene.
In addition, Republicans may try to force a vote to punish Rep. Ilhan Omar | The Minnesota Democrat recently made statements criticized by leading House Democrats and Jewish lawmakers for seemingly comparing the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Omar said he did not intend to draw the same.