(CNN)Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer on Sunday denounced fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comparison of requirements for House members to wear masks on the chamber floor to steps the Nazis took to control the Jewish population during the Holocaust.
“Well, first off, any comparisons to the Holocaust it’s beyond reprehensible. This is — I don’t even have words to describe how disappointing it is to see this hyperbolic speech that, frankly amps up and plays into a lot of the anti-Semitism that we’ve been seeing in our society today. Vicious attacks on the streets of New York and in Los Angeles,” Meijer told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
During an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody Real America’s Voice TV show “The Water Cooler,” the Georgia congresswoman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being a hypocrite for asking GOP members to prove they have all been vaccinated before allowing members to be in the House chamber without a mask.
“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,” Greene said. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s inquiry about her comments.
Greene later defended her comments to CNN affiliate KPNX, saying, “I stand by all of my statements, I said nothing wrong.”
“I think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany & any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what’s happening with overbearing mask mandates and overbearing vaccine policies,” she said.
Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the remarks, but Greene’s comments drew the ire of multiple congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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