One of the more reliable rules of politics is “if you’re considering comparing this to the Holocaust, don’t do it.” Unfortunately for our sanity and the state of discourse in our country right now, Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene appears to have learned the opposite of this lesson and is now not only doubling down on her deeply offensive comparison of COVID-19 public health mandates to the worst genocide in human history but is now actively pushing back against the criticism she brought down upon herself.
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 last 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.
After provoking a resounding chorus of condemnation from Jewish groups and almost nothing from her Republican peers, Taylor-Greene doubled down on Tuesday night, comparing vaccine papers and cards to the discrimination faced by German Jews in Nazi Germany.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Taylor-Greene singled out a Jewish journalist, Jake Sherman, and a Jewish blogger, Ben Shapiro, for public pushback for their revulsion (Sherman) and shamelessly cynical attempt to spin this as a criticism of Democrats (Shapiro).
After doubling down on her mask and vax Holocaust comparisons this morning, MTG thought it a good idea to target two prominent Jewish members of the media @benshapiro and @JakeSherman for disagreeing with her. pic.twitter.com/FsTUvDdcWh
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 25, 2021
Taylor-Greene accused Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman of being a “liar” who “twisted her words” for “sick socialism” and accused Shapiro of feeding into “left-wing attacks on her,” which is ironic considering he clearly is more concerned with falsely smearing Democratic politicians as anti-Semites than with the actual content of Marjorie Taylor-Greene’s remarks.
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.
Once again, we are forced to reckon with the complete degeneration of political discourse in this country out of the realm of reason and into raw cruelty and insanity. Instead of focusing on the extremely real and serious issues facing this country, all the air in the room is being sucked away by these preposterous cultural war controversies and the asinine national discussion that inevitably follows in its wake — and worse, there’s never any resolution, consequence, or any meaningful effect at all beyond irreversible damage to our mental states.
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.