If you’re predisposed to throw House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) under the bus as far as you can throw them, based solely on the above headline, you should probably move on. On the other hand, if you are among those still capable of rational and critical thought, please read on.
And if you’re Kevin McCarthy, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t, as the Republican Party continues its historically Democrat circular firing squad nonsense.
As reported by Fox News, McCarthy and other top House Republicans on Tuesday condemned recent comments by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) comparing
lunatic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s stubborn hissy-fit mask mandate to Adolf Hitler’s Nazis dragging Jews to their deaths in gas chambers. (See also Joe Cunningham’s OpEd from this morning.)
McCarthy rebukes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over mask wearing, Holocaust comments | Just The News https://t.co/twER63bBgA
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) May 26, 2021
Incidentally, even after having a day to think about it, MTG doubled down the next day, as transcribed by Fox News:
“Nazi practices have already begun on our youth… Show your VAX papers or no in-person class for you. This is exactly what I was saying about the gold star.”
Aaand tripled down:
“I think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany & any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what’s happening with overbearing mask mandates.”
(See: “not mutually inclusive statements.”)
McCarthy said in a statement as transcribed by Fox News:
“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”
For the life of me, I fail to see how any conservative could disagree with that observation.
NEW: @GOPLeader condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene comments comparing House mask requirements to Nazi treatment of Jews during Holocaust. MTG first made the comments, then defended them, last week. pic.twitter.com/J0ZIh4ooxB
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) May 25, 2021
And as McCarthy further said, given the recent events surrounding Israel defending itself against unprovoked rocket attacks:
“At at a time when the Jewish people increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Pelosi.
“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.”
As should we all.
UPDATE: Stefanik and Scalise join in. https://t.co/umAEN4ARUT
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 25, 2021
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) echoed McCarthy in a statement, per Fox:
“Equating mask-wearing and vaccines to the Holocaust belittles the most significant human atrocities ever committed. We must all work together to educate our fellow Americans on the unthinkable horrors of the Holocaust.”
As also reported by Fox News, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) condemned Greene’s comments, according to spokesperson Lauren Fine.
“He does not agree with these comments and condemns these comparisons to the Holocaust. We also need to be speaking out strongly against the dangerous anti-Semitism that is growing in our streets and in the Democrat party, resulting in an alarming number of horrific violent attacks against Jews.”
The Republican Party has for more than five years engaged in internecine warfare, which still shows little evidence of ending. One side believes its chosen political figures can do no wrong, demonstrated by fits of advanced rationalization and twisting oneself into an illogical pretzel as further proof — with the other side doing the same in an attempt to “prove” the same political figures can do no right. And vice versa with other political figures.
Spoiler: Both sides are wrong.
Attempt to paddle upstream, against either side? Same result; different hypocritical stake at which one is burned. Trust me; been there, done that — and will continue doing so.
Noted economist and black intellectual Thomas Sowell was once asked by a reporter:
“Do you have peer approval?”
“I have never asked my peers if they approve,” Sowell answered.
“Why not?”, asked the reporter.
“I don’t care,” responded Sowell.
We’ll just leave it there.