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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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Updated Aug 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi reprimands Moulton and Meijer over trip to Kabul

Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press briefing on Aug. 25. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said that there was an "opportunity cost" associated with Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) visiting Kabul on Tuesday as evacuation efforts continue in Afghanistan.

Driving the news: "It's not just about them going to Afghanistan, but in going to the region, because there's a call on our resources diplomatically, politically, militarily in the region as well, so this is deadly serious," Pelosi said at a press briefing Wednesday.

Aug 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: House Republicans hit inflation, not Afghanistan

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The House Republicans' campaign arm is launching attack ads against 15 Democrats that focus entirely on inflation instead of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan threatening to undercut Joe Biden’s presidency, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The decision to focus on a domestic issue rather than the foreign policy crisis engulfing the administration highlights the GOP's bedrock belief that kitchen table issues will resonate best with voters in next year's midterms.

Aug 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House Democrats strike deal to advance infrastructure, voting rights proposals

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) departs the House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After hours of infighting, House Democrats on Tuesday struck a deal that would approve their $3.5 trillion budget resolution, set up floor action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27 and advance voting rights legislation.

Why it matters: The deal is key to advancing Democrats' top three priorities — all of which are expected to receive little to no House Republican support.

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