Marjorie Taylor Greene recently apologized for comparing government vaccination efforts to Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust. Despite the fact that Greene is an educated member of Congress who visited Auschwitz, she claimed to have just learned about the Holocaust from a recent visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
I argued that Greene’s apology seemed suspicious because it lacked a commitment to combat Holocaust denial or stand up to hate in general. If Greene felt remorse over her fanatical insistence that life-saving pandemic mask mandates is the moral equivalent of Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow “Jude” badges, then she would launch an information campaign to right her wrongs and spread her newfound wisdom.
Of course, Greene has done nothing of the sort since her June 14 apology. Although she began to lay off making casual, hurtful comparisons to Nazi Germany, I wondered how long her abstinence would last. At what point would Greene be unable to suppress her urge any longer, knowing she risks alienating supporters and blocking coveted fundraising dollars?
Answer: 22 days. On Tuesday, Greene fired up her hate machine and draw a new parallel to Nazi Germany as she attacked the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate people against a virus that has claimed over 600,000 deaths in the United States alone and counting.
“Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people,” Greene tweeted, commenting on a video clip of President Biden addressing vaccination efforts. Greene then effectively nullified her apology: “People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”
It appears that all Greene learned from her recent museum visit were some facts, such as the fact that members of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing, were called “Brownshirts” because of their distinctive uniform. Despite her recent statements expressing contrition and illumination, Greene apparently learned nothing moral or meaningful.
Just a few weeks ago, in her fake apology, Greene declared that anti-Semitism is “true hate” and suggested “it’s something we should all remember and never forget.” Greene also claimed to be “truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust,” insisting there is “no comparison” and that there “never ever will be.”
Now, after a 22-day hiatus, Greene is back in her element, brazenly comparing the Biden administration’s efforts to protect Americans against the coronavirus to the Nazi regime’s genocidal rule. A year from November 8, voters in Georgia’s 14th congressional district will have the opportunity to send Greene packing. That day can’t come soon enough.