Marjorie Taylor Greene, the controversial Georgia Republican congresswoman, toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and apologized for likening coronavirus protections 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. The horrors of the Holocaust are something that some people don’t even believe happened, and some people deny but there is no comparison to the Holocaust,” Greene said Monday outside the Capitol, after completing her private museum tour.
“And there are words that I have said remarks that I’ve made, that I know are offensive, and for that I want to apologize; antisemitism is true hate, and I saw that today at the Holocaust Museum,” Greene said. “And I think it’s something that we should all remember and never forget. So I just wanted to come here today and say that I’m truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust, there’s no comparison. There never ever will be.”
Last month, Greene compared a supermarket’s decision to add a logo to the badges of vaccinated workers to the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” she said on Twitter at the time, attaching a news story. Jewish organizations as well as Democrats and Republicans alike rebuked her for the comment, but she doubled down.
A museum spokesman confirmed her visit Monday. “We welcomed her visit as we do all members of Congress,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s director of communications, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “It was a private visit, as they all are.”
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Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois announced last month that he was drafting a resolution to censure the Georgia congresswoman over her remarks. This is a very rare procedure in which the House votes to express formal disapproval of a lawmaker’s conduct; the move has only been undertaken 23 times in U.S. history, most recently in 2010.
Schneider told Haaretz that while Greene’s rhetoric has been repeatedly hateful, bigoted and antisemitic, her “disrespectful and reprehensible” comparisons marked a new, unacceptable low that dishonors the House and the memory of those murdered in the Shoah.
“Comparing the United States’ effort in addressing the pandemic to the Holocaust, making references to what she calls ‘gold stars’ and to trains [and] the gas chambers – she is diminishing the memory of 6 million victims and dishonoring survivors and families, as well as all those American soldiers who risked their lives and gave their lives to fight Nazi Germany and protect our democracy,” he said.
The Democratic congressman from Illinois was particularly offended by her inability to admit wrongdoing. “It’s not that she’s saying ‘I misspoke, let me correct the record.’ She doubles down and says it again, and says it the third time,” he noted. “She is now not only dishonoring the memory of those murdered in the Holocaust and perverting history, she’s dishonoring the House, and that’s why we need to sanction her.”
Ben Samuels contributed to this article.