Jul 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Marjorie Taylor Greene makes Nazi-era comparison about vaccination efforts

U.S Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene attends the 'Save America' rally at the Lorain County Fair Grounds in Wellington, Ohio, United States on June 26, 2021.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) attends the 'Save America' rally in Wellington, Ohio on June 26, 2021. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) used a Nazi-era comparison on Tuesday in a tweet about the Biden administration's coronavirus vaccine push, calling the individuals leading vaccinations efforts "medical brown shirts."

Why it matters: Greene's comment comes weeks after she visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for comparing coronavirus face-mask policies to the Nazi practice of labeling Jews with Star of David badges.

Driving the news: Members of the paramilitary organization that assisted Hitler and the Nazi Party gain power were called "brownshirts."

  • Greene's remarks on Twitter were in response to a speech Tuesday during which President Biden said, "Now we need to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oft times door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus."

The offices of Greene and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post.

What she's saying: “Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people,” Greene tweeted Tuesday. “People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”

  • Of note: All three coronavirus vaccines being distributed in the U.S. were approved under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization last winter.

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