Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Saturday tore into Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s outrageous comments equating mask mandates with directives related to the Holocaust as her Republican colleagues once again remained silent.
“This is evil lunacy,” Cheney tweeted with a clip of Greene’s interview Friday on “The Water Cooler” podcast with Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody.
While scads of critics have since blasted Greene’s comments, Cheney has again stepped out ahead of the Republican pack to critique one of the party’s own just as she has done with Donald Trump.
In her interview with Brody, Greene compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) mask mandate for those on the floor of the House to Jews being forced to wear a yellow star leading up to and during the Holocaust.
“We can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and … they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene said. “This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
This is evil lunacy. https://t.co/xHeUgbx7wa
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 22, 2021
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. https://t.co/Pr0ZdYxu3p
— Steve Simon (@MNSteveSimon) May 22, 2021
Among the thousands of responses to Cheney on Twitter were calls for Greene’s ouster — and criticism of other Republicans for staying silent.
This is the Republican Party now. It has been losing its mind for decades. We tried to say something, but y'all kept accusing us of being hysterical. Now here we are.
— Ellston "Latin Temparament" Logan (@EllstonLogan) May 22, 2021
Imagine if the rest of the Republican Party had the chutzpah to call out their own as you do.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) May 22, 2021
I've just published a petition demanding Kevin McCarthy to expelled Majorie Taylor Greene. Enough is enough. #TimeToExpelMarjorie
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) May 23, 2021
Christian Nationalists & Nazi propaganda have found a home in the GOP. They sound like lunatics but are as dangerous as their fascist predecessors. Demagoguery, disinformation is worse than lies. It’s information warfare—an assault—designed to kill faith in truth,facts, democracy
— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) May 22, 2021
I cannot comprehend the party following that crazy person and not Cheney. This is insane.
— Leanne 🌈 (@Lcmwriter100) May 22, 2021
This is the GQP. They kicked you out of leadership because MTG is the future of the Republican Party. Hey, I used to be a Republican. At some point you need to realize that the party is sick to the core. That’s when you leave.
— Q.H. "Trump lost" Stone (@GwjQhs) May 22, 2021
It's part of a coordinated effort by GQP (thank you for not being part of that). Also being coordinated: voter suppression, ballot re-counts, refusal to vaccinate or wear masks, even encouragement to carry guns and knives (TX, KY). A danger to democracy and life.
— Dr. Beth Snodderly (@bethsnodderly) May 22, 2021
I cannot tell you how important your voice is now. Can you round up some fellow sane Republicans to speak out against the ever-increasing lunacy?
— Cheryl (@cdbammer) May 22, 2021
Then the Republicans wonder why many of us have left the base. They are embracing radicalism with hateful conspiracy theorists Like MTG.