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Marjorie Taylor Greene likens COVID vaccine outreach to Nazi-era ‘brown shirts’

‘You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment,’ Georgia Republican says, weeks after apologizing for using Nazi analogies

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a news conference after visiting the Holocaust Museum, outside the US Capitol, on June 14, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)
US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a news conference after visiting the Holocaust Museum, outside the US Capitol, on June 14, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

Just weeks after touring the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and apologizing for using Nazi analogies, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene likened vaccination outreach to Nazi-era thugs.

“Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people,” Greene, a Georgia Republican, tweeted on Tuesday. “People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”

Greene attached her tweet to a video of President Joe Biden speaking earlier in the day about accelerated efforts to achieve herd immunity in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Among other measures, he said, “Now we need to go to the community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.”

Biden did not say vaccines would be coerced, and there is no record of federal officials coercing vaccination. All available vaccines have conditional federal Food and Drug Administration approval; it’s not clear what vaccine Greene is referring to in her tweet.

“Brown shirts” is a collective term for militias prevalent before Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany and after he assumed power. They used violence to target Jews, as well as other minorities and Hitler’s political opponents.

Greene apologized last month for likening coronavirus protections to Holocaust-era restrictions on Jews. She had a private tour of the Holocaust museum before issuing her apology.

The Anti-Defamation League denounced Greene over her Tuesday comment, writing on Twitter that it “demonstrates her lack of understanding and remorse for her dangerous and offensive rhetoric.”

“These latest remarks trivializing the Holocaust confirm what we all suspected: her recent trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum was a publicity stunt,” the ADL said.

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