May 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

GOP lawmaker condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust comparison

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) on Sunday condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for comparing mask mandates in the House to the Holocaust, saying her comments are part of a larger symptom of "attention-seeking" messages from some members of his party.

Why it matters: The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups have raised alarms about rising anti-Semitism following the confrontation between the Israeli military and Hamas in Gaza. Reports of Islamophobia have also increased.

Details: Speaking on Real America's Voice's "The Water Cooler" on Thursday, Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "mentally ill" for enforcing a mask mandate, comparing the guideline to the Holocaust.

  • "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," Greene said.

The big picture: Meijer has previously split with Greene, who has a history of supporting QAnon and other conspiracy theories.

What they're saying: "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," Meijer said on CNN's "State of the Union."

  • "The broader challenge right now is that that's where the oxygen is. It's in the most outlandish, the most far-fetched, the most attention-seeking message. We should be talking about policies," he said, naming climate change and cybersecurity.
  • Former Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney also condemned Taylor Greene's comparison.
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