Washington –Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized on Monday for offending people with recent comments comparing the mandatory wearing of face masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust.
“I’m so sorry I offended people with remarks about the Holocaust,” the Republican of Georgia told reporters outside Capitol Hill, claiming she visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington earlier today. . “There is no comparison and there never will be.”
Greene’s comments were a rare expression of regret on the part of the Conservative agitator, a freshman whose career has included embracing violent and offensive conspiracy theories and angry confrontations with progressive colleagues.
Her apology came more than three weeks after appearing on a Tory podcast and comparing the COVID-19 security requirements passed by Democrats controlling the House to “a time and a history when people had to wear a gold star.” . She said they were “put on trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. This is exactly the kind of abuse Nancy Pelosi is talking about.” Pelosi, D-Calif., Is the Speaker of the House.
Greene’s comments were condemned by Republican leaders, including parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Who called the comparison “appalling.”
GOP leaders have often been reluctant to castigate Greene, a close ally of former President Trump. After discovering social media posts in which Greene suggested her support for the execution of some Democratic leaders, McCarthy and most Republicans backed her when the House took the unusual step of stripping her of her committee duties. in February.
But as House members returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after a three-week hiatus, Greene was contrite.
“Anti-Semitism is real hatred,” she said. “And I saw this today at the Holocaust Museum.”
In 2018, two years before her election to Congress, she speculated on Facebook that the California wildfires may have been caused by “lasers or beams of blue light” controlled by a left-wing cabal linked to a powerful Jewish family. .
On Monday, she told reporters that at the age of 19 she visited the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in what during World War II was Nazi-occupied Poland. “It’s not like I found out today,” she said of the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews and scores of others were killed. “I went there today because I thought it was important,” she said, and wanted to talk about it with an apology.
House leaders recently said that vaccinated people should no longer wear masks in the bedroom.
Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Said he would present a resolution to the House this week to censor Greene.
In addition, Republicans may try to force a vote to punish Representative Ilhan Omar. The Minnesota Democrat recently made remarks criticized by leading House Democrats and Jewish lawmakers – for appearing to compare the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Omar said she didn’t want to draw this parallel.