Anti-Semitism is nothing new in the halls of Congress, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman Republican representative from northwest Georgia – and supporter of the radical ideology of QAnon – is just the latest elected official to join the club.
Besides endorsing the execution of leading Democrats, and claims that the 9/11 attack was staged, and the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings were hoaxes, Greene has also waded into the waters of Jew hatred. One of the theories she has postulated include her belief that California wildfires might have been caused by a space laser controlled by Jewish bankers. In 2018, she also shared a Holocaust denial video by white nationalists that claimed that “Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation.”
She is not alone in her beliefs about Jews, and Israel. Last year, during the presidential election, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted a message on Twitter that claimed three billionaire Democratic donors of Jewish descent were trying to “buy” elections. “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th. #MAGA,” McCarthy wrote.
Last November, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan – who does not recognize Israel as a state – posted a social media comment that said “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” an affirmation that has been associated with calls to destroy Israel. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, also has a history of comments about Jews and Israel. In 2012, she posted on Twitter that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Then there’s Steve Scalise, the House Minority Whip and Republican from Louisiana. In 2002, he attended and spoke at a convention of the white supremacist European American Unity and Rights Organization, a group founded by David Duke. And Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert who promulgated a debunked theory on the Fox Business Channel in 2018 about George Soros taking property from other Jews during World War II (Fact: Soros was 14 when the war ended). There are others, including Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, who suggested that Soros funded the Charlottesville neo-Nazi march and claimed that the Jewish billionaire “turned in his own people to the Nazis.”
Greene’s comments are a symptom of a larger problem. It is time that elected officials begin a serious public conversation on the issue of anti-Semitism within its own halls.