The level of ridiculous offense coming out of Congress has reached new heights. While it is certainly possible to call out Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) mask requirement for the U. S. House of Representatives for what it is – a blatant attempt to control people and tell them how to live their lives – it is also possible to recognize as stupendously offensive and wrong attempts by some Republicans to compare Pelosi’s mask policy to that of Nazi Germany requiring Jews to wear gold stars on their clothing.
In response to Pelosi’s questioning the efficacy of relying on House members to be truthful about whether or not they have been vaccinated for COVID-19, Marjorie Taylor Green compared House members being required to wear a mask to Jews being required to wear a gold star. In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Taylor Green said, “You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star and they were definitely treated as second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. … And that is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
No, Rep. Taylor Green, it is not exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about. No one in the House of Representatives is being discriminated against for their religious or ethnic identity, or even their political affiliation. No one in the House will be sent to gas chambers if they refuse to comply. For heaven’s sake, what are you even talking about?!! Pelosi wants everyone to wear a mask when on the House floor. Yes, that’s unnecessary and stupid at this point, though it is nothing we should not expect from control-freak Pelosi. But, it is nothing compared to what the Nazis demanded of Jews, or what the Nazis did to Jews. To say or even suggest so is disgusting and irresponsible, especially in light of recent episodes of anti-Semitic demonstrations and attacks on Jews.
Unfortunately, Taylor Green was not the only Republican getting in on this act. In Minnesota, an unnamed Republican party official also compared Pelosi’s House mask mandate to Nazis requiring Jews to wear gold stars. That official, a board member of the Minnesota Republican Party in Wabasha County, resigned. Happily, his or her comparison was quickly condemned by other Minnesota Republicans. Taylor Green’s remarks were also condemned by at least one fellow Republican Congressman, Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan. “Well, first of all,” Meijer said, “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 Los Angeles.”
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Leader, needs to call out Taylor Green and condemn her remarks in no uncertain terms. As far as I know, he has not done that, yet. His silence is inexcusable. Also, politicians and social elites need to tamp it down in their criticism of those policies and positions of the other side. Not every burning candle requires pulling the fire alarm. And there is no need to compare anything to the Holocaust or other Nazi atrocities.
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