It’s impossible to know exactly why Greene invoked the Holocaust — besides perhaps a need for attention at any cost. But Greene’s defense of these comments is potentially a dangerous demonization of Jewish Americans who don’t agree with her views. “I stand by all of my statements…I said nothing wrong.”
Greene then alarmingly added, “I think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany, and any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what’s happening with overbearing mask mandates and overbearing vaccine policies.” Greene is now telling her supporters that “rational” Jews should support her views, meaning only irrational Jews would be concerned by her comments that demeaned the Holocaust. You don’t need to be an expert on demonization to understand how this could result in more vitriol by Greene’s supporters directed against Jews who continue to denounce her comments.
It’s time for the GOP leadership to denounce Greene’s despicable words in one loud voice to make it clear there’s no place for anti-Semitism or any other form of fearmongering of minorities in America. Given the stakes, any Republican leader who stays silent in the face of Greene’s continued bigotry must be viewed as complicit.