WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are forcefully condemning GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia over her comments comparing House COVID-19 safety measures like masks to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that her words were “appalling” and that Green had belittled “the greatest atrocity committed in history.”
Greene, a conservative firebrand and ally of former President Donald Trump, has thrived on stirring controversy and pushing conspiracy theories.
But, until now, Republican leaders have proven hesitant to criticize her.
They refused to join with Democrats earlier this year when they voted to strip her of committee assignments.
Their rebuke of her Tuesday came after Greene made an appearance on a conservative podcast, “The Water Cooler with David Brody,” released last Thursday.
In her interview, Greene excoriated safety protocols adopted by House Democrats, including a requirement that masks be worn on the House floor.
She also called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “mentally ill” and suggested that the rules were comparable to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
“You know, we can look back in a time and 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,” Greene said on the podcast. “This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”