A full five days after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) compared House rules mandating the wearing of protective masks to the Holocaust, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has finally criticized Greene. But he also tried to suggest that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should share the blame.
During an interview with David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network that aired Friday, Greene remarked:
“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.”
In a statement released by his office, McCarthy wrote:
“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”
That was all McCarthy needed to say, but he couldn’t resist trying to muddy the waters by implying that Democrats are to blame, too:
“At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
The statement concludes:
“Americans must stand together to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust.
“Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”
If McCarthy really wanted to prove he “condemns” what Greene has said, he’d suggest she be expelled from Congress. But he won’t, and that’s why his pathetic statement got panned on Twitter:
So what are you doing about it. Words mean nothing without action
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 25, 2021
My family was murdered in Auschwitz.
There is ZERO TOLERANCE for AntiSemitism.
It’s #TimeToExpelMarjorie #DoSomethingKevin stop putting out statements.
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) May 25, 2021
The fact that it took you this long to say these words tells us everything that there is to know about the state of the Republican Party.
It’s an embarrassing, dangerous disaster.
And you are an embarrassing, dangerous “Leader”.
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) May 25, 2021
GOP Leader McCarthy is a duplicitous little weasel. Instead of taking this great opportunity to act like a real statesman for once in his miserable career, he turns his condemnation of MTG’s antisemitism into a partisan attack against “The Democrat Party.”
He’s spineless. pic.twitter.com/dxEmwZNAD0
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 25, 2021
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