But the California Republican accused spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi of ignoring anti-Semitic sentiment within her own ranks. Democrats passed an anti-hate resolution in 2019 in response to statements by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) That were widely viewed as anti-Semitic, and several top Democrats spoke out against Omar at the time. However, during the spring conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas, members of the Pelosi party took remarkable steps to elevate the rights of Palestinians, born of decades of undeniable bipartisan support for the Israeli government.
“At a time when the Jewish people are facing increasing violence and threats, anti-Semitism is growing in the Democratic Party and is being completely ignored by spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi,” added McCarthy.
Similarly, Lauren Fine, a spokesman for Steve Scalise, the Whip of the House minority, said the Louisiana Republican “disagrees with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust.” She added a similar rejoinder to McCarthy’s about bias across the aisle: “We must also speak out firmly against the dangerous anti-Semitism that is growing in our streets and in the Democratic Party, leading to an alarming number of terribly violent Attacks against Jews. “
Greene has refused to retract her comparisons of the House Democratic leaders’ mask requirements with the persecution of Jews during the Holocaust. She went on with a tweet on Tuesday morningComparison of vaccination efforts with the Holocaust: “Vaccinated employees receive a vaccination logo, just like the Jewish people of the Nazis were forced to wear a gold star.”
Her initial comments were denounced by a number of Republicans, including reps Liz Cheney from Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, who left their party for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. But Greene’s decision to double on Tuesday prompted McCarthy and Scalise to finally break their silence.
Mitch McConnell, Senate minority chairman, who previously compared Greene to a “cancer” in the GOP, said a CNN reporter on Tuesday of her final remarks: “Another outrageous and reprehensible comment.”
Greene, who was a lightning rod for controversy, has already been stripped of her committee assignments for pointing out some of the deadliest school shootings were a hoax and advocating social media posts calling for violence against Democrats. But McCarthy and House Republicans stood by her side at the time, arguing that the comments in question were made before she came to Congress.
But Greene has given party leaders new headaches since arriving in Congress as McCarthy tried to contain them. Greene recently came under fire for harassing Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) For her transgender daughter and aggressively confronting MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) in the corridors of the Capitol. That cloud of dust renewed Democratic demands to expel Greene, but that would require the support of a two-thirds majority in the House.
Nicholas Wu and Andrew Desiderio contributed to this report.