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Marjorie Taylor Greene defends anti-semitic comments by lashing out at “gender destruction”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tries to justify her behavior before being stripped of her committee assignments.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tries to justify her behavior before being stripped of her committee assignments.Photo: Screenshot

Republican leadership condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for anti-semitic comments she made comparing wearing facemasks to the Holocaust, and she lashed back with a bizarre rant about how she needed to trivialize the Holocaust in order to stop critical race theory, socialism, and transgender equality.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted this morning. And over the weekend she said that the House’s mask mandate is like when Jews “were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany.”

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“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”

In his statement, he lobbed one of the biggest insults possible for a Republican: he compared Greene to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that “anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” Rep. Greene is a Republican.

Other Republicans, including Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called her comments “beyond reprehensible” and “evil lunacy.”

This level of condemnation from her own party – which has spent months indulging her – led to her lashing back in an unhinged Twitter thread where she said that vaccines and mask mandates are “reminiscent of the great tyrants of history who did the same to those who would not comply.”

“And everyone feeding into it is allowing them to hide the truth, which is the disgusting anti-semitism within the Democrat Party,” she wrote.

Greene said that her colleagues don’t understand Democrats like she does, and then she listed a bunch of bogeymen that the far-right has been conjuring for the past year including “gender destruction,” a reference to transgender equality.

“The Democrats are the party of division, hate, critical race theory (pure racism), discrimination, totalitarianism, socialism, globalism, gender destruction, BDS, defunding our police, and ANTIFA/BLM terrorists,” she wrote. “I’m sorry some of my words make people uncomfortable, but this is what the American left is all about.”

Greene has a long history of anti-LGBTQ comments, and her career in politics started by protesting Drag Queen Story Hours.

She introduced a bill to ban the rainbow flag from flying at U.S. embassies and co-sponsored an anti-trans bathroom bill.

She introduced multiple motions to shut down Congress just before it debated the Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination. The motions didn’t pass, but they forced her colleagues to vote on the pointless motions and ate up over an hour of debate time to make the point that LGBTQ discrimination should remain legal. She called the Equality Act “DISGUSTING, IMMORAL, AND EVIL” in a statement.

Greene put up a sign that said “There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. ‘Trust The Science!’” in response to Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) putting up a transgender flag outside of her office. Newman’s child is transgender.

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