[Rushtalk] Marjorie Taylor Greene Keeps Comparing COVID to Holocaust Amid Backlash, Likens Vaccine Passports to 'Gold Star'

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Keeps Comparing COVID to Holocaust Amid Backlash,
Likens Vaccine Passports to 'Gold Star'

By Katherine Fung On 5/25/21 at 10:29 AM EDT

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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia continued to make
comparisons between the COVID-19 pandemic and the Holocaust amid growing
backlash on Tuesday — this time by drawing parallels between vaccine
passports and the "gold stars" Jewish people were forced to wear under
Nazi rule.

"Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi's forced
Jewish people to wear a gold star," Greene tweeted. "Vaccine passports &
mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust
their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable."

A number of grocers and retailers have begun to drop their mask
requirements for vaccinated workers and customers following new guidance
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that relaxed
indoor-masking for vaccinated individuals. To help with the transition,
some companies have provided stickers to staff to help identify which
individuals are allowed by store policy to go mask-free.

On Tuesday, Greene compared these new protocols to the identifying
badges that the Jewish population in Europe were forced to wear by the
Nazis in an effort to stigmatize, humiliate, isolate and control them.

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Her latest comments are among those in which she likened COVID safety
protocols to the persecution of Jewish people during the Holocaust —
comparisons which have led to widespread criticisms from both sides of
the aisle.

Over the weekend, both Democrats and Republicans alike slammed Greene
for comparing the House's mask mandate to the "yellow stars" used to
mark Jewish people before they were deported and murdered in gas
chambers by the Nazis.

Greene—who has a long history of making racist, antisemitic and
Islamophobic remarks—told Real America's Voice's David Brody on his
podcast, "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."

Fellow Republicans like Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger criticized
her remarks, with Cheney calling it "evil lunacy" and Kinzinger
describing it as "absolute sickness."

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New York Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman also blasted Greene, tweeting,
"Maybe since Marjorie Taylor Greene has no committee assignments to
attend to, she can find the time to visit the Holocaust museum in DC
when we're back in session. Then she may realize how antisemitic,
ignorant, and careless this comparison is."

Marjorie Taylor Greene COVID Holocaust Vaccine Passports
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) attends a press conference on the
current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on May 20, 2021 in
Washington, DC. Greene continued to make comparisons between the
COVID-19 pandemic and the Holocaust on Tuesday, saying that vaccine
passports were similar to the "yellow stars" Jewish people were forced
to wear by Nazis. Kevin Dietsch/Getty

Jewish advocacy groups stressed that Greene's comparisons are especially
dangerous amid a new wave of an antisemitic attacks that have broken out
across the nation over the the last two weeks. The Anti-Defamation
League said it has received a 63% increase in reports of antisemitic
attacks since the most recent conflict in Gaza.

On Friday, the American Jewish Congress (AJC) called on Greene to
apologize and retract her comments.

"You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars,
gas chambers & other Nazi atrocities," the AJC tweeted. "Such
comparisons demean the Holocaust & contaminate American political
speech. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must immediately retract and
apologize."

"This is enough," AJC Executive Director Joel Rubin told CNN's New Day
on Monday. "Marjorie Taylor Greene is trafficking in hate speech. She is
trivializing the Holocaust. She is conducting dog whistles to the far
right to raise money and raise her political power and bias our politics
into a place of hate."

The American Jewish Committee also condemned the remarks, tweeting,
"Antisemitism is real, dangerous, and on the rise. Equating public
health precautions with the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust is
disgraceful and unacceptable."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has defended her decision to keep a mask
mandate on the House floor, citing the relatively large number of
Republican lawmakers who have refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A CNN survey conducted last week found that 100 percent of House
Democrats have received their vaccinations, but less than 45 percent of
House Republicans said they had.

https://www.newsweek.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-keeps-comparing-covid-holocaust-amid-backlash-likens-vaccine-passports-1594538





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