Marjorie Taylor Greene finally apologized for her offensive Holocaust remarks, having compared Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol Hill mask mandate to Nazi Germany. The Georgia representative shocked reporters as she announced her apology, referencing her late father as she explained that she was in the wrong.
“I’m truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust,” Greene said outside the Capitol. “There’s no comparison and there never ever will be.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene explained that she had visited Washington’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial before apologizing. The apology comes three weeks after the staunch Republican made comments on a podcast, comparing mask mandates to the gold stars forced on Jewish people by Hitler and his Nazi regime.
“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,” Greene said during a conversation with David Brody. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
The backlash for Greene’s comments was quick and fierce, Jewish groups condemning her remarks. The American Jewish Congress said that “you can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars gas chambers and other Nazi atrocities. Such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech.”
The group demanded that “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene… immediately retract and apologize.” It took three weeks, but Greene finally stood up and admitted her mistake.
“There are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made that I know are offensive, and for that, I’d like to apologize,” the Georgia Republican said Monday, referencing a lesson her late father taught her in accepting responsibility for your mistakes. “I should own it. I made a mistake.”
It wasn’t just Jewish groups who were appalled by the representative’s comments. Republican leaders, such as House Minority Leader Keven McCarthy, called her comparison to Nazi Germany, “appalling.”
The controversy isn’t the first time the Georgia Republican has angered critics. Greene is a far-right activist who has used social media influence to spread conspiracy theories and attack Democratic politicians.
On Saturday, Greene posted on Twitter that “The Green New Deal is a scam,” sharing a study from 2019 that claims all previous climate doomsday dates have been wrong. Greene demeaned the global climate crisis, claiming that Joe Biden is accepting false facts. Dozens of high-profile Twitter users commented on the post, pointing out other studies that disagree with her interpretation of climate change.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been forthcoming with her stance on many issues, especially her opposition of the progressive representative from New York, AOC. The two have shared their fair share of arguments, including an incident in which Greene chased AOC outside the House chamber last month.
Before she was elected to office, Marjorie Taylor Greene spread several conspiracy theories that many deemed as dangerous and downright crazy. In 2017, Greene insisted that the Las Vegas mass shooting was not done by a single person, but rather by anti-gun activists who used the shooting to spread fear in an attempt to demean pro-gun ideals.
In 2018, Greene claimed that the devastating California wildfire that killed 84 people was caused by “dark forces.” In a Facebook post, the Georgia representative suggested that a Jewish family used space lasers to start the fire, to clear the path for a high-speed rail project.
Several other conspiracy theories have pinned Greene as a dangerous individual who spreads radical and unfounded ideas. Her Holocaust statements have only progressed those ideas, sparking calls for her to be punished.
Representative Brad Schneider is looking to introduce a resolution in the House in the upcoming days to censure Greene. Though republican leadership condemned Greene’s words, none have made calls to punish her or her offensive comparison.
If Schneider goes through with his censure plan, Republicans may try forcing a vote to punish Rep. Ilhan Omar, after the Minnesota Democrat seemingly compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Omar claimed that she didn’t mean to draw such a parallel.