Fred Guttenberg, who misplaced his daughter Jaime within the college taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, has denounced Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as “a dangerous fraud” and known as out Republican leaders for failing to sentence her continued comparisons of masks mandates and different COVID-related guidelines to the Holocaust.
In latest days, the Georgia Republican has doubled down on the comparability, regardless of outrage from Jewish teams and different lawmakers.
Guttenberg, who’s Jewish, advised Newsweek that the failure of Republican management to sentence Greene’s remarks over the previous week was regarding.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene is a fraud, but she’s a dangerous fraud and she’s utilizing right now the issue of Judaism to incite people,” he stated. “We already know who Marjorie Taylor Greene is, she’s someone who denied what happened to my daughter…. we know who she is, she’s a fraud.”
Greene was stripped of her committee assignments earlier this year after it emerged she had pushed conspiracy theories and “liked” posts that challenged the veracity of mass shootings at colleges, together with the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018.
Guttenberg stated Greene’s newest feedback may very well be ignored, however “what gives her the power is the inability of people like [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy to say anything about it.
“So what offers the fraud, what offers the antisemitism energy is the 2 of them, and that is my concern. Because they’re letting this go, it’s important to assume they’re okay with the push in direction of antisemitism, and the incitement to violence that it is going to convey.”
Guttenberg stated Greene’s feedback are particularly troubling given the recent spike in antisemitic attacks throughout the nation.
“For Jewish folks like me, my household, my mates, we’re all seeing it, we’re all feeling it,” he said. “And what’s actually, actually, actually is so horrific about it’s the incapability of elected leaders, actually one particular occasion, to say a phrase about it. Silence is complicity, and they’re silent.”
McCarthy’s spokesperson pointed Newsweek to a statement released on Tuesday, where he said Greene “is incorrect, and her intentional choice to match the horrors of the Holocaust with sporting masks is appalling.” He added: “Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.” McConnell’s spokesperson been contacted for comment.
Greene sparked outrage final week after evaluating the House’s ongoing masks mandate to the Holocaust.
Early Tuesday, she tweeted an article a couple of grocery retailer chain that may enable vaccinated staff to go maskless whereas sporting vaccination logos on their identify badges.
Greene likened the vaccination logos to the yellow Star of David badges European Jews had been compelled to put on on clothes through the Holocaust.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted.
Later, she tweeted a hyperlink to an article in regards to the University of Virginia requiring college students to be totally vaccinated earlier than returning to campus within the fall.
“It appears Nazi practices have already begun on our youth,” the controversial congresswoman wrote. “Show your VAX papers or no in person class for you. This is exactly what I was saying about the gold star. This is disgusting!”
That tweet prompted Guttenberg to tweet that Greene was an “American disgrace.”
“My dad’s family was murdered in the Holocaust,” Guttenberg wrote, tagging Greene’s, McConnell’s and McCarthy’s accounts.
“Your ability to lie your f**king way through life on the Holocaust, Parkland, 9/11 & other events is an American disgrace. I blame the @GOP, @LeaderMcConnell & @GOPLeader for enabling & supporting everything you do.”
As criticism mounted, Greene later claimed on Twitter that she by no means made a comparability “to the Holocaust, only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”
But in an interview final week, Greene specifically compared the House’s ongoing mask mandate to the Holocaust.
“You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany, and this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about,” Greene stated.
Those feedback had been condemned by Jewish teams, together with the American Jewish Congress (AJC).
“You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars gas chambers and other Nazi atrocities. Such comparisons demean the Holocaust and contaminate American political speech,” the AJC tweeted. “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must immediately retract and apologize.”
On Monday, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, also hit out at Greene over her feedback.
“Look, we know Marjorie Taylor Greene clocks in, Wolf, somewhere between deranged and demented, right?” Greenblatt advised CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer throughout an look on CNN’s The Situation Room. “This is a woman who thinks there are Jewish space lasers starting forest fires. She’s a QAnon enthusiast. She is offensive in almost everything that she does.”
Greene’s workplace has been contacted for remark.