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House Democrats call for censure of Marjorie Taylor Greene for antisemitism

‘We must show that the US Congress doesn’t condone antisemitism in our halls of government,’ tweeted Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois, the resolution’s lead sponsor

House Democrats are looking to censure Marjorie Taylor Greene for continuing to use the Holocaust to make political points, and rebuke her for “intentional diminishment of the horrors of the Nazis.”

Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois and four other House members have filed a resolution condemning Greene, a Georgia Republican, for comparing efforts to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 to the Nazis’ subjugation of Jews, and for likening President Joe Biden to Hitler.

“Civic leaders have a duty to condemn hate and bigotry rather than amplify and spread dangerous, divisive rhetoric for political purposes,” Schneider, who is Jewish, tweeted Friday. “We must show that the US Congress doesn’t condone antisemitism in our halls of government.”

The resolution points out five instances in which Greene, on television or social media, made comments that invoked the Holocaust to criticize a foe or policy. Some comments were made after she had visited the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum and apologized for “remarks I’ve made which I know are offensive.”

Schneider dropped an earlier resolution censuring Greene for antisemitism after her museum visit.

The current resolution deems Greene’s apology “insincere” and calls for her to be censured on the House floor. 

Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, on Capitol Hill in July 2022. Photo by Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House stripped Greene, a Georgia Republican, of her committee assignments shortly after she took office in 2021, for supporting QAnon conspiracy theories and violence against her political foes.

If Republicans win control of the House in November’s midterm elections, they are expected to restore Greene’s assignments.

Not mentioned in the resolution is perhaps Greene’s best-known comment regarding Jews. Before she won her Congressional seat, she posited in 2018 that a group of Jews could have started California’s wildfires with a beam from space.

The resolution also doesn’t refer to Greene’s address in February at a conference organized by a white nationalist.

It will not be considered before the House returns to session after the November election.

Schneider introduced the resolution with Nikema Williams of Georgia, Brenda Lawrence of Michigan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Kathy E. Manning of North Carolina.

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