Not many people bother holding press conferences to confirm how stupid they have been.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), however, is special like that — not that many of us needed much in the way of confirmation that her intellectual skills were sorely lacking.
Today, Representative Greene marshaled the press to attend a public apology over her much-condemned comparison of mask mandates — aimed at preventing the transmission of the deadly COVID-19 virus — to the horrors of the Holocaust.
While the more cynical observer might question Greene’s motivation for choosing to repudiate her previous statements so publicly, perhaps insinuating that the Georgia QAnon adherent was suffering in her fundraising goals because of her anti-Semitic-tinged comments, Greene tried to appear like her conversion on this particular topic was the result of mere ignorance rather than malice.
Rep. Greene prefaced her apology for her earlier misstep by citing her upbringing, claiming that her father taught her that “when you make a mistake, you should own it,” before revealing what exactly her Road to Damascus moment was.
“And 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,” Greene said. “This afternoon, I visited the Holocaust Museum. The Holocaust is — there’s nothing comparable to it.”
As someone who seems to eat conspiracy theories for breakfast, Greene referenced the fact that some other equally uninformed people still believe that the Holocaust was a fictional event, as she presumably believed before she witnessed the exhibits at the museum dedicated to preserving evidence of its atrocities for future generations’ edification.
“The horrors of the holocaust are something that some people don’t even believe happened,” said the Trump-supporting legislator.
Given Greene’s example as someone who relies more on things she reads on the darkest corners of internet conspiracy sites than on formal education or facts, it’s not surprising that she cites these Holocaust deniers as an excuse for her own prior ignorance on the topic of the slaughter of millions of Jews, disabled people, and LGBTQ men and women, among others, despite having visited the Auschwitz death camp site as a teenager.
Whatever Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s motivations for her Holocaust epiphany may be, she should be given a rare bit of credit for her decision to make her apology a public display rather than simply issue a facesaving press release.
Many of the people who look to MTG as a role model for the extreme right won’t be happy with her new “wokeness” surrounding the events of the Holocaust, and she risks losing some credibility among the deplorables.
Rest assured that there is still plenty of crazy that Rep. Greene will be spreading in the months ahead, perhaps just fewer references to Jewish space lasers.
After all, during her press conference, she still insisted that “I believe that forced mask and forced vaccines or vaccine passports are a type of discrimination, and I’m very much against that type of discrimination.”
You can watch an excerpt of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Holocaust apology in the video below.
Original reporting by Andrew Solender at Forbes.
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