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Opinion Marjorie Taylor Greene Compares COVID Vaccine Requirements to ‘Segregation’

09:00  27 november  2021
09:00  27 november  2021 Source:   nymag.com

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Mask Fines Make up More Than a Third of Her Salary

  Marjorie Taylor Greene's Mask Fines Make up More Than a Third of Her Salary The Georgia congresswoman says she has paid more than $60,500 in penalties for defying the House rule—and has revealed that she is not vaccinated.Greene, a Republican who represents Georgia's 14th congressional district, told Newsmax on Monday that she had been charged more than $60,500 in penalties under the mask mandate introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Having gotten into hot water for comparing COVID-19 public-health measures like mask and vaccine mandates to the Holocaust, and the Democrats supporting them to Nazis, Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has chosen a different but still powerfully offensive analogy. On Twitter she suggested that vaccine requirements by private businesses amount to segregation:

a close up of a person: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia’s gift to the MAGA circus. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia’s gift to the MAGA circus. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

This is actually a doubly weird set of analogies, given Greene’s list of ailments she is treating as equivalent to a pandemic that has, at this point, killed 611,000 Americans, and that is now being spread by the highly contagious Delta variant. Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin asked a pertinent question: “Does this U.S. congresswoman believe that ‘venereal diseases’ are airborne? Given the evidence, we honestly have no choice but to say the odds are high that she does.”

It’s more objectionable, of course, that a member of Congress representing a former Confederate state where mandatory racial segregation replaced slavery and was imposed on public and private facilities for roughly three-quarters of a century would think of that monstrous regime as an appropriate analogy for restaurants and entertainment venues protecting their patrons from the consequences of a personal decision against COVID-19 vaccination. Last time I checked, the victims of Jim Crow did not choose to be members of an oppressed racial minority, nor did the system’s perpetrators have a rationale for segregation other than bigotry.

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  Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing The Washington Nationals are being sued by two former employees who were fired for refusing to comply with the team’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawrence (Larry) Pardo and Brad Holman were pitching coaches in the Nats’ organization. The two refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons and were fired by the Nats as a result. The team instituted a mandate on Aug. 12 that went into effect on Sept. 10, leading to the firing of both men.Now the two have filed a lawsuit against the club, TMZ Sports reports.

Greene’s cri de coeur against vaccination measures is all the more striking since the worm is finally turning among many of her fellow Republicans, who seem to have decided that treating the unvaccinated as a constituency group to be defended and even lionized has been a deadly political strategy. Yes, there are still some, like MTG’s Alabama counterpart Mo Brooks, who are actively promoting vaccine hesitancy. But his governor, Republican Kay Ivey, had a blunt counterpoint to offer when asked about the Heart of Dixie’s rising COVID-19 incident rate: “Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.”

Given Georgia’s history and the regular flirting with racism central to the MAGA movement, in which she is a regularly provocative figure, Greene may be shamed into abandoning Jim Crow analogies for public policies she does not like. A visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington preceded her public apology for comparing that catastrophe to having to wear a mask during a pandemic. Maybe she should now visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, which has an exhibit on the Jim Crow era, or any of the many memorials to that ongoing atrocity she could find back home in her (and my) home state.

But MTG being MTG, the most we can probably expect is a new and different, yet also wholly inappropriate, analogy to the life-saving public-health efforts she opposes. What’s next? Federal COVID-19 public-education campaigns are the greatest assault on Georgians since Sherman’s March to the Sea? Don’t be surprised.

Marjorie Taylor Greene just called another House Republican 'trash' .
Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't like Democrats. But she may dislike some of her fellow Republicans even more. © OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/AFP via Getty Images US Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, speaks to reporters after attending testimony by US Attorney General Merrick Garland before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the United States Department of Justice," on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 21, 2021.

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