With the media headlines captivated by the criminal case unfolding against accused underage sex abuser Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), his closest associate in the Lunacy Caucus has a hankering for the spotlight — and decided some deeply offensive Holocaust discourse was just what she needed to get her name back in the news.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) has spent the past week waging a one-woman war against Speaker Pelosi and her commonsense COVID-19 mandates, attempting to drum up virality with a video of Taylor-Greene shredding a warning letter she received from the Speaker’s office for not wearing a mask in Congress and then later publicly insulting Rep. Pelosi as “Speaker Maskhole.”
But apparently, that wasn’t enough. Taylor-Greene’s crusade against having to wear a mask to protect others around her and curb the spread of a deadly virus that has killed over half a million Americans went off the deep end on Friday night when Taylor-Greene joined the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody and compared having to prove her vaccination to being murdered in the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
“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…And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about,” said Taylor-Greene.
The host chooses to not challenge that assertion.
MTG says Speaker Pelosi wanting Members of Congress to get vaccinated and if not to wear masks is “exactly the type of abuse” as murdering Jews in gas chambers during the Holocaust and David Brody nods along. No follow up. pic.twitter.com/inXfD8UBiG
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 22, 2021
Considering the litany of appalling and nebulously anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Marjorie Taylor-Greene has espoused in the past — including the idea that Jewish space lasers are responsible for the California wildfires — it was almost inevitable that Taylor-Greene would invoke the Holocaust for some kind of absolutely preposterous culture war nonsense.
But to do it over the most pedestrian of public health recommendations is a new low for the Georgia Republican, who appears to have made it her mission to see how far she can send the bar through the floor and crashing into the abyss of malignance with each passing week.
The right-wing media machine that has spent the past week howling that any recognition of Palestinian human rights is anti-Semitic will doubtlessly lionize her disrespect to the millions of victims of the Holocaust as her standing up to the tyranny of accepting a little personal responsibility for the lives of people around you, and we can expect nothing but craven silence from the rest of her Republican colleagues.
Madness reigns in the Republican Party, and our nation is one mismanaged election away from them having permanent minority control.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.