QAnon conspiracy theorist and notorious transphobe Marjorie Taylor Greene has compared the House floor mask mandate to the Holocaust.
On Thursday (20 May), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that a mask mandate would remain in place until all members confirmed that they have been vaccinated.
While all House Democrats are now fully vaccinated, more than 100 Republican lawmakers are refusing to reveal their vaccination status, putting the House at risk of becoming a “petri dish”, Pelosi said.
But instead of simply agreeing to keep other members safe, Georgia Republican Greene, who before her election supported a social media post calling for Pelosi’s execution, decided to compare the House Speaker’s mask mandate to the Holocaust. Yes, really.
Speaking on the conservative podcast The Water Cooler, Green described Pelosi as “mentally ill”, before continuing: “You know, we can look back at 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.”
Her horrific comments caused outrage across the political spectrum.
Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline wrote on Twitter: “The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews.
“Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene: A troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.”
Wyoming GOP representative Liz Cheney called Greene’s comments “evil lunacy”, and Michigan Republican Peter Meijer told CNN that they were “beyond reprehensible”.
Meijer added: “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.”
The American Jewish Congress took to Twitter to call for Greene to immediately “retract and apologise” for the comments.
The organisation tweeted: “You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers and other Nazi atrocities.
“Such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech.”
But instead of apologising, when asked about her comments by 12 News Bianca Buono, she said: “I stand by my statements, I said nothing wrong.”
She continued: “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.”