Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-Ill.) Said Tuesday that he decided not to introduce a resolution to punish Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, citing the Georgia Republican’s apology for comparing coronavirus mask policies to the Nazi custom mask of marking Jews with Star of David badges.
Schneider strongly criticized Greene for what he said, including a tweet Monday morning where he said Greene “ruined the millions of lives lost” during World War II and the Holocaust.
But in a statement Tuesday night, Schneider said he was “surprised” to learn that Greene had visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for what he said. Schneider, who one of the trustees of the museum, He said he was grateful that after his visit, “Greene understood the damage in his comparison.”
“Because of his apology, I chose not to proceed at this time to introduce a resolution of censure,” Schneider said.
In an interview and in tweets last month, Greene frequently used Holocaust comparisons to criticize the face mask mandates made amid coronavirus disease. His remarks provoked a swift criticism of leading congressional leaders of both the party and the American Jewish Congress, among others.
Although Greene admitted on Monday that he had made a mistake in comparing coronavirus mask orders to the Holocaust, he refused to return other controversial statements he had made, including one in which compared the Democratic Party of Hitler’s party, the German National Socialist Labor Party.
Schneider did not elaborate on the comments in his statement Tuesday night. He noted that when he heard Greene repeatedly compare coronavirus bans to the Holocaust, “he never expected a retraction or an apology.
“After all, Rep. Greene has a long history of unapologetically inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric,” Schneider said.
He added: “Words are important, but so are actions. By speaking out, we hope to mainspirize Rep. Greene to also think about what he said in the context of the solitary horrors of the Holocaust.”