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Marjorie Taylor Greene mixes up Nazis with Spanish soup

Gazpacho for Gestapo: Georgia Republican congresswoman is mocked and condemned for again using mangled Holocaust comparisons

Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene at a news conference in Washington, DC, December 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene at a news conference in Washington, DC, December 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

JTA — If Marjorie Taylor Greene sets out for another repentant trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, she might want to stop by a Spanish restaurant on the way.

That way the Georgia Republican congresswoman can figure out the difference between the Gestapo, Hitler’s atrocity-committing shock troops, and gazpacho, the yummy Spanish cold soup.

In an interview on the pro-Trump One America News Network, Taylor Greene laced into investigations by a special House committee into the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol using the mangled Nazi comparisons that Jewish groups have implored her to avoid.

“Not only do we have the DC jail, which is the DC Gulag, but now we have Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police, spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff and spying on American citizens who want to come talk to their representatives,” Taylor Greene said.

The Republican Accountability Project, a Twitter feed run by Republicans seeking to purge their party of former US president Donald Trump’s acolytes, posted a snippet of the interview on Wednesday.

Sarah Longwell, a founder of the group, saw the tweet going viral and seized an opportunity. “Our team is covering the GOP from soup to nuts,” she said.

Jewish liberals shared Taylor Greene’s statement with puns, some more digestible than others.

“I join her in her fight against both the Gazpacho police and their collaborationist allies in the Vichyssoise,” said lawyer Akiva Cohen, punning on the French collaborationist Vichy regime and another continental cold soup.

“The things the gazpacho police would do to the juice!” said Eric Muller, a Holocaust scholar at the University of North Carolina. “In their tortilla chambers!”

Illustrative: A bowl of gazpacho soup and some tomatoes, April 20, 2015. (AP/Matthew Mead)

There were plenty of obvious references to a certain Seinfeld episode. “MTG thinks Pelosi is a soup Nazi,” said Andy Levy, a podcaster.

There were also plenty of regrets that Taylor Greene did not confuse “gulag,” the Soviet prison system, with “goulash” — a soup that can be served hot and cold.

On a more serious note, some observers were dismayed that Taylor Greene, despite her visit to the Holocaust Museum and apologizing for using Holocaust analogies, continued the habit.

“Folks, I’m beginning to get the sense that Marjorie Taylor Greene’s trip to the Holocaust Museum didn’t actually take,” tweeted Yair Rosenberg of The Atlantic.

Last year, Taylor Greene was widely ridiculed, and condemned, when a 2018 social media post of hers resurfaced that blamed a forest fire on Rothschild family space lasers.

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