This week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) compared efforts by the Biden administration to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to Nazi tactics, and during a subsequent appearance on CNN, White House press secretary Jen Psaki expertly dismantled Greene’s nonsense.
After a reference by President Joe Biden to a door-to-door effort bringing information about vaccines to people, Greene ranted on Twitter that Americans “don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations” — although to be clear, there’s no meaningful connection at all between Biden’s framework and the Nazi-era thugs known as “brown shirts.” Furthermore, no one showing up at any American’s door has or will have the power to “order vaccinations.” Greene isn’t accurately representing reality — although that’s not exactly a surprise, considering past comments that she’s made. On CNN, Psaki quipped that she could “assure” Americans that the Biden administration was not receiving “any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene.”
As Psaki put it:
‘We don’t take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene, so I can assure everyone of that… What we’re trying to do here as the federal government is protect the American people and save lives, prevent people from getting COVID… 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 safety of the vaccine. It’s up to every individual to decide whether they’re going to get vaccinated… This is about protecting people and saving lives. That’s a role we’re going to continue to play from the federal government.’
Watch her remarks below:
Jen Psaki in response to a CNN question asking her to respond to Marjorie Taylor Greene: "I will tell you we don't take any of our health and medical advice from Marjorie Taylor Greene, so I can assure everyone of that." pic.twitter.com/ZFwZ1Yy9Uj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 7, 2021
Greene has previously compared efforts to combat COVID-19 to Nazi-era tactics. Specifically, she insisted that a push for members of Congress to either get vaccinated or wear a face mask constituted “exactly the type of abuse” that Nazis perpetrated against Jews. Greene is simply not a competent or credible person. Eventually, she issued a rare apology for comparing a vaccination and mask-wearing push to the Holocaust, admitting after visiting the Holocaust Museum in D.C. that “there’s nothing comparable to” the Holocaust. Did she — as a member of the United States Congress — just learn this? The embrace of ignorance on the part of these Republican ramblers is staggering.
MTG says Speaker Pelosi wanting Members of Congress to get vaccinated and if not to wear masks is “exactly the type of abuse” as murdering Jews in gas chambers during the Holocaust and David Brody nods along. No follow up. pic.twitter.com/inXfD8UBiG
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 22, 2021