Headline RoundupJune 15th, 2021

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

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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. 


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