Greene’s Holocaust Comparisons Cause New Headaches for GOP

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders on Tuesday broke practically per week of silence about feedback by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia evaluating masks and vaccine mandates to the therapy of Jews by Nazis through the Holocaust, condemning her language however stopping wanting punishing her.

The gradual response by Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority chief, to Ms. Greene’s string of anti-Semitic statements mirrored the reluctance of high Republicans to tackle the first-term congresswoman, who had beforehand endorsed violent and racist conspiracy theories and whose combative type has made her a favourite of former President Donald J. Trump and his far-right supporters.

The Republicans’ response was a distinction to their swift ouster this month of Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, whom they pressured from her management submit after she enraged her colleagues by vocally repudiating Mr. Trump’s election lies.

Instead, Mr. McCarthy issued a sternly worded assertion that rebuked Ms. Greene but in addition referred to “anti-Semitism on the rise in the Democrat Party” and made no point out of additional penalties.

“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to wearing masks is appalling,” Mr. McCarthy mentioned. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in human history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”

His assertion was shortly adopted by condemnations by the opposite two high House leaders and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority chief, who denounced Ms. Greene’s statements as “outrageous” and “reprehensible.”

The congresswoman’s newest remarks, during which she mentioned that employer-mandated proof of vaccination was “just like the Nazis forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” highlighted the political vise she has created for Republicans.

Stripped of her committees by Democrats and bringing in eye-popping fund-raising totals every time she stokes controversy, Ms. Greene seems to have grown emboldened to interact in more and more brazen habits, disdainful of her personal social gathering’s leaders and wanting to capitalize on the following firestorm of her personal making.

On Tuesday, simply after Mr. McCarthy scolded her, Ms. Greene retweeted — after which shortly deleted — a submit calling him a “moron” and “feckless,” utilizing an expletive for emphasis.

Mr. McCarthy, who declined to strip Ms. Greene of her committee assignments for anti-Semitic and violent statements she made earlier than she was elected, has remained loath to punish her since she got here to Washington, partially for concern of elevating her platform and likewise to keep away from alienating voters enthralled by her conspiratorial model of politics.

In an interview with a conservative tv host final week, Ms. Greene in contrast Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence that lawmakers get vaccinated earlier than eradicating the House’s masks mandate to how Jews had been “put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany.”

In the previous week, Ms. Greene has continued to equate universities barring unvaccinated college students from attending lessons in individual to the Holocaust and referred to 4 progressive congresswomen — all girls of coloration, two of whom are Muslim — as “the jihad squad,” equating their vocal critiques of Israel’s authorities and help for Palestinian rights to anti-Semitism and backing for Hamas.

Republicans on Tuesday shortly tried to shift consideration from Ms. Greene’s feedback to Democrats, whom they’ve tried to color as insufficiently supportive of Israel, introducing resolutions within the House and Senate condemning anti-Semitism. But their job was made more durable by the congresswoman, who refused to apologize for her feedback and insisted that she had by no means in contrast masks mandates particularly to the Holocaust — “only the discrimination against Jews in the early Nazi years.”

The condemnations by Republican leaders got here after a rebuke from the Republican Jewish Coalition, a distinguished group whose political motion committee contributes generously to the social gathering. Matt Brooks, the manager director, referred to as Ms. Greene “an embarrassment to yourself and the G.O.P.”

“Please educate yourself so that you can realize how absolutely wrong and inappropriate it is to compare proof of vaccination with the 6million Jews who were exterminated by Nazis,” he wrote on Twitter in response to one among Ms. Greene’s broadsides.

Still, in a mirrored image of how keen Republicans had been to shift the unwelcome highlight to Democrats, Mr. Brooks — who not too long ago pinned a message on his Twitter feed imploring voters to recollect in November that “there is only ONE pro-Israel party” — mentioned in an interview that social gathering leaders had responded appropriately to Ms. Greene’s feedback.

“It’s immediately and strongly condemned by the House minority leader, the whip, the leadership and countless members of Congress who have called her out,” Mr. Brooks mentioned.

“What that crystallizes is the stark contrast with the silence of Democrats,” he added, saying that House leaders together with Ms. Pelosi had not pushed again on “dog whistles” being sounded by progressives.

Ms. Pelosi, actually, referred to as on Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, in 2019 to apologize for invoking anti-Semitic tropes in a sequence of tweets, together with one from 2012 during which she wrote that Israel had “hypnotized the world” into ignoring their “evil deeds.” Ms. Omar apologized, however Republicans have since sought to color a few of her and different progressive lawmakers’ feedback criticizing the Israeli authorities’s therapy of Palestinians as anti-Semitic.

On Tuesday, Ms. Pelosi referred to as Ms. Greene’s most up-to-date feedback “beyond reprehensible” however sidestepped the query of whether or not she must be censured or expelled from Congress for them.

“I think she should stop talking,” Ms. Pelosi mentioned.

Ms. Greene has a protracted historical past of bigoted and violent statements. Citing Mr. McCarthy’s refusal to behave, Democrats moved to strip her committee assignments this 12 months due to a sequence of social media posts she made earlier than she was elected, during which she endorsed assassinating Ms. Pelosi. Ms. Greene was additionally a prolific author for a now-defunct conspiracy weblog, writing posts with headlines together with “MUST READ — Democratic Party Involved With Child Sex, Satanism, and The Occult,” and arguing that the 2018 midterm elections — during which the primary two Muslim girls had been elected to the House — had been a part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”

She additionally steered wildfire that ravaged California was began by “a laser” beamed from area and managed by a distinguished Jewish banking household.

Ms. Greene has solely turn out to be extra strident. Unmoored from the conventional strictures of congressional committee work, she has railed towards liberals and the so-called RINOs she sees main her social gathering in Mr. Trump’s absence on right-wing tv and radio exhibits. She has held rallies with Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, who’s being investigated by the Justice Department for alleged involvement with a number of younger girls who had been recruited on-line for intercourse.

Representative Brad Schneider, Democrat of Illinois, launched a decision on Tuesday to censure Ms. Greene for her most up-to-date remarks.

“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene continues to debase not only the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis, but all those who fought and died defending democracy against Hitler and his evil,” Mr. Schneider mentioned in an announcement. “It is shameful that the Republican conference continues to let her define their party, and dangerous that they refuse to expel her.”