Marjorie Taylor Greene Apology: Full Transcript After Holocaust Museum Visit

Rep. Marjorie Taylore Greene has apologized for her recent comments comparing mask mandates amid the pandemic to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

The Georgia lawmaker gave a speech outside the Capitol on Monday in which she stated that there is "no comparison" between the atrocity and guidelines to help protect people against COVID-19, after making a visit to Washington, D.C.'s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Speaking to Real America's Voice TV show The Water Cooler with host David Brody in May, Greene first described the Democrats requiring people to wear masks inside the House as similar to how the Nazis made Jewish people to "wear a gold star" during World War II.

Greene later doubled down on her remarks when asked about them, claiming that "any rational Jewish person" would oppose mask mandates just like they "didn't like what happened in Nazi Germany."

The Congresswoman continued to make similar offensive comparisons on Twitter, including tweeting how "Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi's forced Jewish people to wear a gold star" while sharing a story about a Tennessee supermarket allowing customers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to shop without masks.

She added on May 25 that, "It appears Nazi practices have already begun on our youth" while tweeting an article about the University of Virginia banning unvaccinated students from in-person classes.

Greene's full apology has been transcribed by Newsweek below:

"As everyone knows, I'm a new member of Congress, I've been here, I think I'm at five and a half months now, it has seemed a lot longer than that. And I just always want to remind everyone, I'm very much a normal person. And I think it's important for me to always be transparent, and honest.

"And I just want to tell you all I'm really, really lucky. I was blessed with, I am blessed with, amazing parents, and my dad just passed away in April.

"But I will say he taught me some great things. And one of the best lessons that my father always taught me was when you make a mistake, you should own it. And I have made a mistake. And it's really bothered me for a couple of weeks now. And so I definitely want to own it.

"This afternoon, I visited the Holocaust Museum. The Holocaust is, there's nothing comparable to it. It happened and over 6 million Jewish people were murdered. More than that there were not just Jewish people, Black people, Christians, all kinds of people, children, people that the Nazis didn't believe were good enough, or perfect enough.

"And the horrors of the Holocaust are something that some people don't even believe happened. Some people deny, but there is no comparison to the Holocaust. And there are words that I have said remarks that I've made, that I know are offensive. And for that I want to apologize.

"And I am, I am just fine and very glad to be able to come out here and do that, because I believe it's important. I believe that if we're going to lead, we need to be able to lead in a way where if we've messed up, it's very important for us to say we're sorry. And that's why I wanted to come and talk to you all today. Because I wanted to say that I know that words that I've stated were hurtful. And then for that I am very sorry.

"Over the past few weeks, we have seen Jewish Americans be attacked in our in our city streets. And we've seen it on video, we've seen the reports. And these are things that should never happen to any American, for their religion or identity. This is this is such a wonderful country. And hate should never exist between us. And I really hope that that's something that we can all to come, we can all come together on.

"I'm also a mom. And I always think about America as our home. And it's the place for all of us. It's the place where we raise our children, where we enjoy our wonderful lives. It's the place where we work, maybe own businesses, and an education, where we have fun where we do just everything in life. And we're able to do that here in our country.

"And I think the great thing that we can all say is that we all want a wonderful home here in America, no matter what our politics are, and I'm taking off my political hat right now. No matter who we are, we want our home to be best home for all of us. And hate does not belong in a good home. Hate makes a terrible home. And that's something that I reject. And anti-Semitism is true hate. And I saw that today at the Holocaust Museum. And I think it's something that we should all remember and never forget.

"So I just wanted to come here today and and say that I'm truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust. There's no comparison. There never ever will be."

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at a news conference after visiting the Holocaust Museum, outside the U.S. Capitol on June 14, 2021. Greene repeatedly apologized for comparing coronavirus pandemic precautions to the oppression of Jewish people by Nazi Germany. Drew Angerer/Getty Images