A House Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday he would not introduce a censure resolution against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) after she apologized for comparing mask and vaccine mandates to anti-Jewish laws in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Greene made her apology Monday after visiting the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, telling reporters: “There is no comparison to the Holocaust and there are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made that I know are offensive and I want to apologize.”
In a statement, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) said that due to Greene’s “long history of unapologetically inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric,” he was “pleasantly surprised to learn that she made the time to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum (where I have the honor of serving as a trustee), and I appreciate that after her visit she understood the harm of her comparison and offered an apology.”
Schneider had planned to introduce the resolution this week. The measure would have been co-sponsored by Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Nikema Williams (D-Ga.), and Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).
“Words matter, but so do actions,” Schneider concluded his statement. “By speaking up, we were hopefully able to inspire Rep. Greene to reconsider her remarks in the context of the singular horrors of the Holocaust.”
Greene caused bipartisan outrage last month when she criticized a since-changed rule requiring House members to wear masks in the chamber except when speaking during debate. In a podcast interview with Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody, Greene likened it to “a time in history when 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.”
The freshman lawmaker doubled down days later by tweeting an article about a Tennessee grocery store that had added a “vaccination logo” to employee name badges.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” she wrote. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”
Last week, Schneider led a group of 12 House Democrats who called on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to “clarify her words” after the “Squad” member tweeted on June 7 that the US, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban had all committed “unspeakable atrocities.”
“Moving forward, I will continue to call out harmful or dangerous rhetoric by my colleagues, irrespective of which side of the aisle from which it emanates,” Schneider said Tuesday night.
“While I will certainly have vehement disagreements with Rep. Greene on policy, politics, and style, I hope that Congress can take the necessary steps to serve as a model to a nation desperately in need of leaders willing to correct themselves when they are wrong, and to engage in a more civil discourse to ultimately work together toward a ‘more perfect union.’”