‘Nothing to apologize for’: Marjorie Taylor Greene doubles down on Biden-Hitler comparison


Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 14, 2021. (Screenshot/WTXL/Facebook)

By Jacob Kornbluh, The Forward

“How many times have people called President Trump Hitler? How many times that people call Republicans Nazis?” Greene asked in a heated interview with Jennifer Palmieri, co-host of “The Circus” on Showtime, which aired Sunday night. “Why all of a sudden is it an issue for us to compare and why am I all of a sudden vilified?”

In September, Greene invoked Hitler when tweeting about Biden’s speech, describing what he referred to as “MAGA Republicans” as a threat to democracy. Greene also posted a doctored video featuring the president with a small mustache standing at a podium with swastikas behind him, dubbed with a recording of what sounds like Hitler addressing a cheering crowd.

“I have nothing to apologize for,” Greene said in the interview. “You tell me,” she continued when pressed by the host whether calling the president Hitler was appropriate. “I said what we saw — it was an image and it was how he spoke.”

Last year, Greene sparked outrage when she called on “rational” Jewish people to back her claim that COVID-19 mask mandates are comparable to the Holocaust. Greene later apologized and visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shouts at journalists as she goes through security outside the House Chamber at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 12, 2021. – On the eve of his likely impeachment, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied responsibility for the storming of Congress by a mob of his supporters, and warned of “tremendous anger” across the country. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Greene, who survived a Republican primary in May, has a history of antisemitic remarks — including suggesting that a Jewish-funded space laser had sparked wildfires in California in 2018. She also embraced the Nation of Islam — a group whose leaders have regularly trafficked in antisemitic tropes — in her fight against coronavirus vaccinations. Her controversial statements led the Democrat-controlled House, with the support of 11 Republican members, to take the rare step of removing her from Congressional committees.

Greene is expected to win the Republican district against her Democratic challenger, U.S. Army veteran Marcus Flowers, in the upcoming election.

This article was originally published on the Forward.