When it comes to truth and reality, Marjorie Taylor Greene is nothing if not malleable. Last month the freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia was subjected to a justified firestorm of criticism for this tweet: “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”
After being denounced by some Republicans as well as Democrats for making such an asinine, uninformed observation, Greene tried to convince the world that never said what it was that she said. It was reminiscent of her effort to deny having said that “Jewish space lasers” were responsible for igniting California wildfires when she actually had said that, too.
Yesterday Greene apologized for her previous comparison of coronavirus face mask policies to the Nazi practice of labeling Jews with yellow Star of David badges. The controversial, conspiracy theory enthusiast held a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol late Monday afternoon after having visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
“This afternoon, I visited the Holocaust Museum,” Greene said. “The Holocaust is – there’s nothing comparable to it. It’s – it happened, and, you know, over six million Jewish people were murdered. More than that, there were not just Jewish people – Black people, Christians, all kinds of groups. Children. People that the Nazis didn’t believe were good enough or perfect enough.”
Greene acknowledged she had made a mistake and told reporters, “One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it.” She added: “But there is no comparison to the Holocaust. And there are words that I have said, remarks that I have made, that I know are offensive, and for that, I want to apologize.”
At the same time, however, the Georgia Republican refused to take back other ill-informed comments she has made, including when, at a rally in May, she said, “You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.” When she was asked about that statement at Monday’s news conference, instead of disavowing it she chose to ramp up her criticism of Democrats.
“You know, socialism is extremely dangerous, and so is communism,” she told reporters. “And anytime a government moves into policies where there’s more control and there’s freedoms taken away, yes, that’s a danger for everyone. And I think that’s something that we should all be wary of. … I’ll never stop saying we have to save America and stop socialism.”