- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared mask mandates to the Holocaust.
- Rep. Liz Cheney called Greene’s comments “evil lunacy.”
- Cheney was recently ousted as a GOP chairwoman over her vote to impeach Trump.
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Ousted GOP chairwoman Liz Cheney called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comments equating mask mandates to the Holocaust “evil lunacy.”
In an interview with the far-right network Real America’s Voice on Thursday, Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “mentally ill’ for enforcing a mask mandate and compared the mask requirements to the Holocaust.
“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 like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene said. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
Cheney, who was ousted as chair of the House Republican Conference earlier this month following backlash from her own party over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot in January, tweeted on Saturday “This is evil lunacy,” alongside a clip of Greene’s appearance.
-Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 22, 2021
Other lawmakers, including those who are Jewish, have also criticized Greene’s comments.
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline called Greene “a troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.”
“The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives,” Cicilline said in a tweet.
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