Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has apologized for comparing COVID-19 response and restrictions to the Holocaust. Greene held a press conference where she gave a statement saying that a recent visit to the Holocaust Museum changed her mind.
“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,” Greene said.
“So I should own it,” she said. “I made a mistake.”
Greene had made the comparison after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided that members of the House should continue to wear masks on the House floor as a protective measure against the virus.
“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 told podcaster David Brody of Real America’s Voice TV show “The Water Cooler.”
“And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about,” she continued.
Greene was condemned by many fellow GOP members for those comments, leading to talk of censure for the freshmen congresswoman.
“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, said in a statement. “The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”