WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., made another Nazi-era comparison Tuesday as she railed against the Biden administration’s ramped-up efforts to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as the Delta variant spreads.
Greene, who recently apologized for comparing mask mandates at the U.S. Capitol to the Holocaust, said in a tweet that people have a choice to get vaccinated and don’t need “medical brown shirts” knocking on doors to urge them to do so. She was responding to remarks Biden made Tuesday about deploying people into communities to get people to take the vaccine.
“Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a political tool used to control people,” she tweeted. “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.”
During the 1920s and '30s, a paramilitary organization that helped facilitate the rise of the Nazis and Hitler were referred to as the brownshirts because of the color of their uniforms, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Regarding Greene's commented about unapproved vaccine, the FDA authorized the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for emergency use, but has not granted them full approval.
Asked about her remarks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on CNN Wednesday, "We don't take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
"What we've seen over the course of the last several months is that one of the biggest barriers is access, and people knowing when they can get the vaccine, where they can get the vaccine, the efficacy and the safety of the vaccine," Psaki continued. "It's up to every individual to decide whether they're going to get vaccinated."
Greene's latest comment comes after she apologized last month for comparing mask-wearing requirements in the House to the Holocaust. She issued the apology after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, saying “there's nothing comparable to it. ... It happened, and, you know, over 6 million Jewish people were murdered."