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Psaki dismisses MTG over Nazi comparison


Press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the White House would not “take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene,” a response to the Georgia lawmaker’s remark a day earlier comparing the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign to Nazis.


Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday called efforts by the Biden White House to vaccinate more Americans against Covid-19 a “political tool” and likened the administration’s on-the-ground push to a Nazi paramilitary wing, the Sturmabteilung, often referred to as “brownshirts.”

“People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations,” Greene wrote in resposne to a video of President Joe Biden describing a plan to offer vaccines door-to-door. “You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”

Psaki, in an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” dismissed Greene’s comments.

“We don’t take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene,” the press secretary said. “What we’ve seen over the course of the last several months is that one of the biggest barriers is access. … It’s up to every individual to decide whether they’re going to get vaccinated.”

Psaki added that she doesn’t think it’s the government’s role to encourage private sector entities to mandate the vaccine, but instead to provide supply and work with local communities to improve access.

Greene responded later Wednesday morning with a Twitter thread arguing that her experience as a former gym owner qualified her to offer medical advice because obesity is a significant risk factor for Covid-19 patients.

Greene’s remarks this week are part of a history of antisemitic statements, and come after her comments from last May comparing coronavirus face-mask policies to Nazi practices of labeling Jewish people with Star of David badges. That month, she also tweeted that the University of Virginia’s policy of only allowing vaccinated students, with some exceptions, back on campus showed “Nazi practices have already begun on our youth.”

Her comments prompted backlash from both parties as GOP leaders condemned her statements without seeking disciplinary action.

The freshman Georgia lawmaker apologized last month for comparing vaccine and mask requirements to the Holocaust, conceding that her past remarks about Jewish people and Nazi Germany were “offensive” and “hurtful.” Greene said at the time her eyes had been opened by a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

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