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Kevin McCarthy Won’t Act Against ‘Appalling’ White Nationalists Greene And Gosar

A couple of House Republicans spoke at a white nationalist conference, and the top member of their party in Congress seems ready to just wait for it to blow over.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar spoke at the far-far-right America First Political Action Conference, with Greene’s appearance following a “round of applause for Russia” led by conference organizer Nick Fuentes. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Greene and Gosar’s participation in the event “appalling,” but that seems to be as far as he’s going.

McCarthy said he would have a talk with Gosar and Greene about it. He’s in no hurry, though. The far-right House Freedom Caucus “aired frustrations” with Gosar and Greene about their Fuentes association, sources told Politico, but McCarthy hasn’t gotten around to it yet, and some of his allies are defending him because he has so many more important things to deal with.

“Dealing with dumb, stupid things people do in Congress should probably go down — and go pretty far down — on the list when you’ve got peacekeeping tanks rolling into a country that was not in conflict, when you’ve got record inflation, when you’ve got all of these things,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong told Politico.

You know, actually, when you’re a leader of a party looking at two members of your conference having spoken at a white nationalist event, that should be high on the list of priorities. McCarthy is the minority leader in the House. It’s not like he’s out there singlehandedly dealing with Russia and inflation. He can carve out a little time to say “Let’s not tie our party to Nazis.”

Here’s Nick Fuentes: “We can’t play this game of, ‘We disavow white supremacy.’ Notice how the claws come out.”

Here’s Nick Fuentes again: “You can call us racists, white supremacists, Nazis, & bigots. You can disavow us on social media from your cushy Campus Reform job. But you will not replace us. The rootless transnational elite knows that a tidal wave of white identity is coming. And they know that once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us. The fire rises!”

Separating the Republican Party from this could be a priority. Yet it’s not.

Some Republicans anonymously lamented to Politico that, since Democrats stripped Greene and Gosar of their committee assignments, McCarthy doesn’t have much left to threaten.

“I want them to shut up. Just stop it. What the hell is she thinking?” one said. “[But] there’s nothing else. What else can Kevin do officially through the conference?”

Note that “through the conference” part. McCarthy could back expelling Greene and Gosar from Congress—but that wouldn’t be through the Republican conference, it would involve the entire House. So even this person who wants them to “shut up” isn’t talking about the step that would decisively say that the Republican Party rejects lawmakers who associate with white nationalists. It requires a two-thirds vote to expel someone from the House, and McCarthy either doesn’t think he could get enough votes on top of the Democrats or he just plain doesn’t want to do it.

Some Republicans think McCarthy’s silence is a mistake.

“There is a strategy of, ‘If we don’t talk about it, it will go away, and it won’t get attention.’ And sometimes that works,” another anonymous Republican told Politico. “But in the long run, I’ve always found that backfires, so they’re playing with fire by doing that.”

It backfires the Republican Party ever closer to the white supremacists it doesn’t disavow. And at a certain point, you have to figure McCarthy knows that that’s what he’s doing.

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Boebert Joins Greene's Anti-Vax Campaign With Insulting 'Nazi' Smear

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

Rep. Lauren Boebert appears to be getting jealous of all that sweet, sweet attention Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is getting … for comparing public health officials to Nazis.

Following President Biden's announcement of a push to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, including by sending public health workers door to door to offer people information and the opportunity to be vaccinated, Greene proved decisively that her much-touted trip to the Holocaust Museum had been a photo opportunity, not a learning opportunity, describing public health workers as "medical brown shirts." Boebert then followed suit.

"Biden has deployed his Needle Nazis to Mesa County," she tweeted. "The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don't need coercion by federal agents. Did I wake up in Communist China?"

As a description of people going door to door with information to help people make informed decisions, connections to vaccination appointments, and in some cases the offer of in-home vaccination, this is blindingly dishonest. Polling and research has found that many people aren't necessarily opposed to being vaccinated, but they do want more information or need convenience and reassurance that it won't cost them anything. This is an effort to do just that.

It should not need to be spelled out, but just in case: Offering all people public health information and free vaccination can in no way be compared to sending people to death camps because they were Jewish. That is horrific.

But it's also pretty special to have a Republican ranting about government coercion, when Republicans in state after state have passed mandatory ultrasound laws for women seeking abortions. Republicans routinely force women to have one medically unnecessary intimate medical procedure to be allowed to make their own health care decisions, so they cannot talk about "coercion" in this context.

As for the Nazi talk, this is a chance for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to show he meant it when, after Greene compared mask rules to Nazism, he said "Americans must stand together to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust. Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language."

Your move, Kevin. Did you mean it? (Ha ha ha, yeah, right.)

All of this Nazi talk from the Trump uber alles crowd is also a little disconcerting in light of reports that Donald Trump repeatedly praised Adolf Hitler to the point where then-chief of staff John Kelly had to say, point blank, "You cannot ever say anything supportive of Adolf Hitler. You just can't." Trump praising Hitler plus Trump's most diehard followers constantly talking about Nazis is … a disturbing fixation to have surfacing in the Republican Party.

Greene Again Compares Vaccination Campaign To Nazi ‘Brownshirts’

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has once again invoked the Holocaust to attack President Joe Biden's vaccination effort to stop preventable deaths from COVID-19. This time, she compared a proposed door-to-door effort to promote vaccines to Nazi "Brownshirts" who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power.

Biden announced on Tuesday that his administration will send people door to door to help get people vaccinated, as the vaccination rate has declined in recent weeks.

"Please get vaccinated now. It works. It's free," Biden said in a speech at the White House. "It's never been easier, and it's never been more important. Do it now for yourself and the people you care about, for your neighborhood, for your country. It sounds corny, but it's a patriotic thing to do."

Greene took to Twitter to attack Biden's comments.

"Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people. People have a choice, they don't need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations," Greene tweetedTuesday afternoon. "You can't force people to be part of the human experiment."

Her comments came less than a month after she compared requirements that people wear masks or get vaccinated to "Nazi practices."

After receiving a torrent of criticism for the remark, Greene visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and apologized for the comparison, admitting that her comments were "offensive" and "hurtful."

"There are words that I have said, remarks that I've made that I know are offensive, and for that I'd like to apologize," Greene said in a speech after her visit to the museum.

Three weeks later, Greene is once again invoking the mass genocide of Jews and other political and ethnic groups Nazi leader Adolf Hitler despised to attack the effort to vaccinate Americans against the deadly coronavirus.

Not only did Greene's tweet include an offensive reference to Nazis, it was also inaccurate.

The COVID-19 vaccines being used were OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, which granted emergency use authorization after studies showed the vaccines are safe and effective against both contracting COVID-19 as well as dying from it. The medical community is now pushing the FDA for full authorization of the vaccine in the hopes it will ecourage skeptics to get the jab.

Greene's latest Nazi comparison is once again drawing condemnation.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted Wednesday morning: "Dear GOP Rep @mtgreenee: Knocking on doors does not deprive anyone of a choice. And FDA has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. Also, can you please read about Brown Shirts and then delete your tweet? You're making the same offensive mistake, again."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Poll: Nearly Half Of QAnon Followers Believe In Global Jewish Conspiracy

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

At the dawn of the 20th century, a booklet based on anti-Semitic lies about a shadowy plot by Jews to control the world that was originally published in Russia in 1905 and subsequently translated into other languages, began spreading throughout Europe and to other countries.

A century later, the ideas captured in "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" still have their adherents. A Morning Consult poll conducted April 27-29 and published on June 28 finds that nearly half of believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory also believe in the purported plot by Jews for world domination.

Experts say the overlap is not all that shocking.

"People with conspiratorial worldviews believe conspiracy theories. … To them, events and circumstances are often the outcomes of shadowy conspiracies," Joseph Uscinski, an associate professor of political science at the University of Miami and the co-author of American Conspiracy Theories, told The American Independent Foundation. "So they're not just going to believe one conspiracy theory, they're going to believe a whole bunch."

Of Americans who believe in the Protocols, almost 80 percent believe in QAnon too, according to the poll.

QAnon centers on the belief that a group of celebrity Satan-worshipping pedophiles runs the world through a "deep state" government. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter began cracking down and banning QAnon accounts last year, while the FBI warned lawmakers earlier this month that QAnon conspiracy theorists may mount more acts of violence.

Vegas Tenold, a researcher with the Anti-Defamation League, told Business Insider last fall that "there are several tropes that really sort of smack of anti-Semitism" in QAnon. "You're going to find very few global conspiracy [theories] that don't touch on anti-Semitic tropes." Genocide studies scholar Gregory Stanton called QAnon a "recast version" of the Protocols, replacing a cabal of nefarious Jews with a new group of shadowy elites.

On January 6, QAnon believers and anti-Semites found a common stage to air their fringe beliefs. One of the most striking images to emerge from the riot by supporters of President Donald Trump at the Capitol was that of a man wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words "Camp Auschwitz," a reference to the Nazi concentration camp where almost a million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

Trump gave cover to both groups to emerge from the fringes of mainstream thought and profess their views proudly, Magda Teter, professor of history at Fordham University and the author of Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Anti-Semitic Myth, told The American Independent Foundation.

"You have a gradual amplification of voices that had been, just a few years ago, fairly marginalized and deep web [and] hidden — you really had to dig in if you were interested in the far-right antisemitic fringe groups," Teter said. "This changed since really Trump became the political figure that he became in 2015, starting to run for president, giving voice and weight to some of those people and those voices."

According to a report published by the Anti-Defamation League in 2020, 2019 was the worst year for anti-Semitic attacks since it started tracking anti-Jewish hate 40 years ago. And many of those attacks are inspired by anti-Semitic ideas peddled by conspiracy theorists on the internet.

In 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), one of QAnon's most prominent adherents, claimed that the Jewish Rothschild family was responsible for starting California's worst wildfire in history with a space laser.

While Democratic House members voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments after that and other remarks, her Republican colleagues stood by her.

Currently, 15 percent of Americans agree that government, media, and financial systems are controlled by Satan-worshipping pedophiles running a global child sex trafficking ring, according to a May poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core.

"The beliefs and theories that were totally fringe and unacceptable now are espoused by members of Congress, to no really serious consequence," said Fordham's Teter.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Facing Censure, Greene (Sort Of) Apologizes For Offensive Holocaust Remarks

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) held a small press conference on Monday evening to apologize for having repeatedly compared face masks worn to protect from the coronavirus to the Holocaust, but refused to apologize for comparing Democrats and the Democratic Party to Nazis and Hitler's Nazi Party.

Greene's remarks came after being she had a tour of Washington, D.C.'s Holocaust Museum, which reportedly came after a week of negotiations. But they also came just days before a resolution to censure her over her Holocaust comparisons is set to be introduced, The Washington Post reports.

The QAnon-supporting congresswoman "declined to walk back other controversial statements she has made, including one in which she compared the Democratic Party to Hitler's party, the National Socialist German Workers' Party."

"One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it," Greene, who appeared to be speaking off-the-cuff Monday, told reporters.

Her remarks suggest she does not see her comments equating Democrats with Nazis as a mistake.

Last month, the Post notes, "Greene also compared the Democratic Party to the Nazi party, which went by the full name Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the National Socialist German Workers' Party."

"Despite the name, the Nazi party was not a socialist party; it was a right-wing, ultranationalist party. Even so, Greene told attendees at the rally in May: "You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party."

When asked if she would also apologize and refute her attack on Democrats, Greene refused, exposing her biased ignorance.

"You know, socialism is extremely dangerous, and so is communism," she told reporters. "And anytime a government moves into policies where there's more control and there's freedoms taken away, yes, that's a danger for everyone. And I think that's something that we should all be wary of. … I'll never stop saying we have to save America and stop socialism."

Nashville Shop Selling Yellow ‘Not Vaccinated’ Stars That Mock Holocaust

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

A Nashville, Tennessee store is under fire after promoting its latest product, wearable yellow Stars of David, mimicking the Nazi symbol Jews were forced to wear. It reads: not vaccinated. Just days ago Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), said having to wear a mask during the pandemic was "exactly" like the Holocaust.

The company, which spells its name "hatWRKS," posted an image of the item on Instagram, saying, "patches are here!! they turned out great. $5ea. string adhesive back …. we'll be offering trucker caps soon."

Hitler's Nazis murdered an estimated 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, from 1941-1945.

Hours after the post promoting the stars went up, the store published a second post that appears to be a defense of the stars. In all text on a yellow background, it asks if the people "who are so outraged by my post…are outraged by the tyranny the world is experiencing?"

That "tyranny" is being forced to wear a mask in public during a pandemic that has killed over 600,000 people in the U.S. and more than 3.5 million worldwide. Masks are proven to greatly reduce the spread of the virus, and may also protect the wearer.

That second post also claims that "offering silence & compliance … is the worst crime."

"i will delete your disgust and hope you put it where it belongs," the post concludes.

NCRM will not link directly to the store's posts or to the store.

Historian Kevin Kruse weighed in:

National security attorney Bradley Moss:

U.S. Naval War College professor and international affairs specialist:

On Instagram the commenters are equally furious and horrified:

Please stop trivializing the extermination of millions of humans in the most egregious act of genocide the world has ever seen."

"this is repulsive"

"You are out of your fucking mind."

"Antisemitic trash."

"you're desperate to look like a victim, when in fact you're a willful pathogen spreader with no regard for your community. Good job dragging a historical tragedy through the mud"

"What the hell is wrong with you? You're NOT a Jew in a concentration camp. No one is going to gas you and burn your body. This is vile."

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum published an "Open Letter To American Leaders and Citizens From A Community Of Holocaust Survivors."

"We are seeing an alarming confluence of events that we never imagined we would witness in our adopted homeland," the 50 members write warning of "unchecked antisemitism" and "targeted violence."

More via Twitter:

Top Trump Fundraiser Blasts Greene Over Holocaust Rants

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

He retweets Donald Trump, Jr. He just posted an article from the right wing National Review titled, "The GOP Future is Bright." And he raised over a million dollars for Donald Trump's re-election.

Jeff Miller is a former Rick Perry staffer turned energy lobbyist turned corporate lobbyist with clients including Apple, Amazon, Dow Chemical, PhRMA, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

He's also a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.

And he's furious with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Greene has been equating mask mandates and now "vaccine passports" with aspects of the Holocaust. Last week Greene said Speaker Pelosi's mask mandate was "exactly" like what happened in Nazi Germany, including putting Jews on trains and sending them to the gas chambers.

Tuesday morning she wrote: "Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi's forced Jewish people to wear a gold star," and added, "Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable."

Her anti-semitic remarks and her coronavirus disinformation were too much for many, some of whom are blaming House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for not seeking to expel her from Congress.

But Miller focused on Greene, slamming her in a tweet:

Here's how some are responding:

‘Marjorie Is Wrong’: McCarthy Feebly Pushes Back Against Greene’s Ugly Rhetoric

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday weighed in on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), condemning the controversial lawmaker's recent remarks comparing the House mask mandate to the Holocaust.

The top-ranking Republican lawmaker took to Twitter with a statement about Greene. "Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling," he tweeted, adding, "Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language."

McCarthy went on to directly address Greene's remarks and how troubling her comparison is given the "atrocity" of the Holocaust. The California lawmaker also urged Americans to "stand together to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust."

The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.
"At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Americans must stand together to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust.

McCarthy's statement has caught the attention of many Twitter users. While some are now calling for Greene's expulsion others are criticizing the lawmaker for taking so long to weigh in. One Twitter user said, "Kevin McCarthy needs to have Marjorie Taylor Greene expelled now. And needs to take the [Marjorie Taylor Greene] account down now!"

Another user tweeted, "Cool story, Kev. why did it take you three days to say something, and why hasn't Marge been expelled from Congress yet."