Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene invoked the Holocaust during a discussion Thursday about the mask mandate on Capitol Hill.
Greene, 46, made the comparison when she was asked about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to lift the mandate. Pelosi and some House Republicans have fought about the mandate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on May 13 that those who are fully vaccinated could shed their masks, indoors and outdoors.
“This woman is mentally ill,” Greene said of Pelosi on Real America’s Voice.
“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,” she added. “So much so, they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany, and this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
Pelosi has kept the mandate in the House chamber and in committees, blaming unvaccinated Republicans because all House Democratic lawmakers have been vaccinated.
Greene, known for remarks that caused her removal from committees, even though they were made before her time in Congress, has previously engaged in antisemitic tropes.
In a video posted on social media from before her time in office, she accused Soros, who is Jewish, of being a “Nazi,” in response to a thread that included memes of him being a part of a clandestine world government and one of him being a vampire with the ability to control “every single Democrat politician.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition did not endorse her before her election, and the Anti-Defamation League, an organization dedicated to highlighting antisemitism, called for her to distance herself from former neo-Nazi leader Chester Doles, who had described her as a “friend,” according to Jewish Insider.
Despite her remarks about Jewish people, she has appeared steadfast in her loyalty to Israel amid heightened tension in the Middle East.
She accused her counterparts of being “buddies” with the Gaza-based, U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas. Greene, on social media, also said, “Jewish lives matter,” and referred to the group of Democrats who have come out against the Israeli government’s response as the “Jihad Squad.”