Marjorie Taylor Greene Apologizes for Comparing Mask Mandates, Vaccines to Holocaust

Headline Roundup June 14th, 2021

On Monday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) apologized for comparing COVID-19 mask mandates and vaccines to the Holocaust, saying "there is no comparison" between the mass genocide of 6 million people and pandemic health measures. Last month, Greene commented on a Tennessee grocery store's rule requiring employees to display their COVID-19 vaccination status, writing on Twitter that "vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star." Greene defended her comments at first, saying, "I never compared it to the Holocaust, only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years." Greene's comments received wide criticism from across the spectrum, including from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). On Monday, Greene said she "made a mistake" and apologized for her comments after visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This comes as Rep. Brad Schneider (D.-Ill.) is expected to unveil a resolution this week that would censure Greene after similar comments last month comparing U.S. House mask rules to Nazi persecution of Jews.

Greene's apology received wide coverage and criticism from across the political spectrum. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to highlight details of Greene's speech "owning [her] mistake." Coverage from the left tended to focus on Greene's history of controversial comments. 


From the Left

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for previously comparing coronavirus face-mask policies to the Nazi practice of labeling Jews with Star of David badges.

But the Georgia Republican declined to walk back other controversial statements she has made, including one in which she compared the Democratic Party to Hitler’s party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

Greene’s latest remarks come days before a fellow House member, Rep. Bradley Schneider (D-Ill.), is set to introduce a resolution to censure her over the Holocaust comparison.

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From the Center

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday apologized for comparing COVID-19 vaccine and mask rules to the Holocaust, declaring that "there is no comparison" between the safety measures and the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II.

Greene delivered the public apology following a visit earlier Monday to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum weeks after she drew condemnation from fellow Republicans for the remarks over the long Memorial Day recess.

"I have made a mistake," Greene told reporters. "I wanted to say that I know that words that I've stated were hurtful, and for...

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From the Right

Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R., Ga.) apologized Monday for her comments last month comparing COVID-19 restrictions to the persecution of Jews by the Nazis.

After a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Greene said she had “made a mistake” and that there is “nothing comparable” to the Holocaust.

“I have made a mistake, and it’s really bothered me for a couple of weeks now, and so I definitely want to own it,” she said. “This afternoon I visited the Holocaust Museum. The Holocaust is — there’s nothing comparable to...

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