Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a supporter of conspiracy theories, certainly surprised no one with her latest anti-evolution statement regarding science.
The QAnon supporter told former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon on his “Real America’s Voice” podcast this week, “I don’t believe in evolution.”
“I don’t believe in that type of so-called science. I don’t believe in evolution. I believe in God,” Greene continued as she gestured with air quotes during a conversation about the potential origin of the coronavirus. An estimated 40% of Americans believe God created humans as described in the Bible, according to a 2019 poll.
Greene has become a Republican celebrity for spreading racist and antisemitic conspiracy theories, including one about Jewish space lasers causing California wildfires. After liking social media messages asking for the killing of prominent Democrats, she was removed from her House committee duties in February.
She compared House mask mandates to the Holocaust last month.
Greene made the comparison when she railed against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) suggestion that Republican lawmakers show they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to drop the chamber’s mask-wearing regulation on Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody’s podcast “The Water Cooler.”
“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,” said Greene, who has been formally warned for not wearing a mask on the House floor. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about,” she added.
Greene’s remarks — the latest in a long line of racist, Islamophobic, and antisemitic remarks from the QAnon-supporting lawmaker who was suspended from House committee positions in February for liking social media posts about killing Democrats and peddling conspiracy theories — were swiftly condemned by critics, including the American Jewish Congress.
“You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers, and other Nazi atrocities. Such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech,” the American Jewish Congress tweeted in response to Greene’s comments. “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must immediately retract and apologize.”
Greene’s analogy of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews enraged many social media users.
Denver Riggleman tweeted, “Comparing wearing masks to the abuse of the Holocaust is a not so subtle diminution of the horrors experienced by millions. It’s grotesque idiocy mixed with a neurotic lack of self-awareness. What do you expect from a truther, Q believer, and gaslighting conspiracy theorist?”
“You want to see some full-blown bat-shit anti-Semitism? Take a look at the GOP ringleader in Congress comparing House mask mandates to the Holocaust. #MarjorieTraitorGreene,” tweeted James Morrison.
Steve Simon tweeted, “No. Requiring non-vaccinated members of Congress to wear masks is not even remotely like the Holocaust. The analogy is an insult to the memory of the six million dead.”
“NEVER a good idea to compare ANYTHING to the Holocaust – unless it involves the systematic rounding up of millions upon millions of people and slaughtering them because of their religion.,” tweeted Rick Folbaum.
Jasmin Mujanovic tweeted, “This is the antisemitism of a most despicable and deranged sort. This is a woman whose own politics can credibly be described as fascist trivializing the actual, historical facts of the Holocaust. And I repeat my prediction: she’s a front runner for the 2024 GOP nomination.”
Jake Lobin tweeted, “Hey Marjorie Taylor Greene… COVID restrictions ARE NOT like gold stars & gas chambers in Nazi Germany! My 95-year-old grandmother can tell you what the Holocaust was REALLY like: Nazis killed her parents, all 6 siblings & all extended family. STFU.”