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GOP leaders condemn Greene's Holocaust comments, but accuse Democrats of antisemitism

The top two Republicans in the House denounced Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, but accused Democrats of ignoring a rise in antisemitism in their own party.

Why it matters: The U.S. and parts of Europe have seen a rise in antisemitic attacks and harassment in the wake of violence between Israel and Hamas.

Driving the news: Greene on Tuesday morning compared Food City employees wearing a logo indicating whether they had been vaccinated against COVID-19 to Jewish people being forced to wear the yellow star of David in Nazi Germany.

What they're saying: “Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

  • “At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi," he added.

A spokesperson for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill that the congressman "does not agree with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust."

  • "We also need to be speaking out strongly against the dangerous anti-Semitism that is growing in our streets and in the Democrat party," the spokesperson added.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Greene's comments as "outrageous" and "reprehensible," but used a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday largely to criticize Democrats for not doing enough to speak out against antisemitism.

  • The speech came just after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, also condemned Greene's remarks as "sickening" and "reprehensible."

Flashback: Greene was stripped from her committee assignments earlier this year, in part over her past statements, which included antisemitic remarks.

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