When Greene first made such remarks, Home minority chief Kevin McCarthy pretended to be outraged, and stated that Greene’s statements evaluating “the horrors of the Holocaust” with trying to forestall COVID-19 have been “appalling.” That got here weeks after McCarthy was pressured to confess to Greene’s use of antisemitic conspiracy theories, including claims about “Jewish space lasers” getting used to start out forest fires in California.
Don’t count on any such response from McCarthy this time. The GOP has moved on from carry embarrassed by racism, antisemitism, or having their management reward Nazis. Two months in the past, the racist rantings of Marjorie Taylor Greene positioned her on the fringe of the social gathering. Now she’s the core.
Racism and xenophobia have by no means been removed from the GOP’s coronary heart, and so they’ve been the social gathering’s defining precept ever since Donald Trump descended his golden escalator to speak about Mexican “rapists” who have been bringing medicine and crime to America. Over the course of his White Home occupation, Trump grew to become more and more snug with utilizing the language of white nationalism, and with overtly supporting teams just like the Proud Boys and white supremacist militias.
On the similar time, the Q-Anon conspiracy grew from a facet department of the already evidence- and sense-free “Pizzagate” to devour a lot of Trump’s base. That conspiracy not solely features a perception that Democrats are working a underground supply system for satanic pedophile cannibals, it’s steeped within the phrases of Nazism and antisemitic pogroms all through historical past. The entire foundation of each QAnon and Pizzagate is nothing however a variation on the traditional “blood libel” claims which were used to justify the homicide of Jews for hundreds of years.
Now the celebs of the GOP aren’t the figures who’re these most strident in following the social gathering’s supposed rules, however those that are pushing again the borders of hate. Each Greene and Josh Hawley have been rewarded for deluging Republicans with assist for conspiratorial claims and fixed pushing of the Large Lie in regards to the 2020 election.
Greene is now explicitly evaluating Democrats to Nazis, and evaluating President Joe Biden’s efforts to see extra Individuals vaccinated with medical experiments performed on Nazi prisoners.
Don’t count on McCarthy to do something about it. In any case, Greene has been touring the nation with Matt Gaetz, whose connections to a real underage sex-trafficking ring haven’t merited a lot as a slap on the wrist from McCarthy.
Greene, Gaetz, and Hawley aren’t retreating. They’re main the social gathering … proper down the Nazi-loving path Trump has laid for them.