Ilhan Omar and Marjorie Taylor Greene Are Not Equivalent

Treating Ilhan Omar as a left-wing Marjorie Taylor Greene is lazy and just plain wrong. @ed_kilgore writes

6/15/2021 11:57:00 PM

Treating Ilhan Omar as a left-wing Marjorie Taylor Greene is lazy and just plain wrong. ed_kilgore writes

It’s lazily convenient to lump these two “extremists” together. But there’s no comparison in what they’ve said and how they’ve dealt with criticism.

“I think that Ilan should receive the same type of punishment as Marjorie because if it’s good for one, it is good for another,” Rep. Maria Salazar (R-Fla.), who voted to remove Greene from her committees, told me. “Anti-semitism is the same thing as anti-semitism. It’s just that Nancy is afraid …”

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There are others who want to push for Omar’s removal as well as those looking to censure her over her war crimes remarks — and a few Dems may join them. The idea of equating Omar’s complaints about unequal treatment of countries in investigating military misconduct with Greene’s comparisons of mask and vaccine requirements to the Holocaust is deeply satisfying to a lot of people. Republicans can continue their now-ancient habit of waving away extremism in their ranks by claiming it’s more prevalent on the other side of the aisle. Nervous centrist Democrats can document their nervous centrism by firing thunderbolts left and right. And most of all, accusing both parties of harboring those prone to “false equivalence” appeals to the false equivalence many Beltway media folks want to draw between Democrats and Republicans, who are engaged in the mutually assured destruction of partisan polarization.

There’s only one problem: Treating what MTG and Omar have said as equal expressions of false equivalence actually is false, as any honest evaluation of their words quickly shows. Greene bluntly compared COVID-19 precautions to the Holocaust, analogized vaccine documentation mandates to the Nazi practice of making Jews wear yellow stars, and, for good measure, said Democrats are like Nazis because they are “socialists.” Omar said this in the midst of a virtual exchange with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken over investigations of the brief but intense war between Israel and Hamas:

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she wrote. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” Her point wasn’t to say the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban were equally culpable in their commission of atrocities, but that all should be equally subject to international investigation. I suppose there are superpatriots who would dispute the idea that America has ever committed “unthinkable atrocities,” though the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks, and of countless genocidal assaults on Native Americans, among many examples, suggest otherwise. But in any event, when challenged by Republicans and Democrats alike to make it clear she was not imputing equivalent culpability to these various nations and coalitions of fighters, Omar complied instantly:

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Thursday that she was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems … ”“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding [International Criminal Court] cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”

MTG, meanwhile, kept doubling down on her comparisons of public-health measures with the slaughter of many millions by Nazi Germany, and finally, after more than three weeks and a tour of the Holocaust Museum, she issued an apology that betrayed little understanding of the full scope of the Holocaust, and then refused to apologize for the Democrat-Nazi analogy.

Looking more broadly at the two women and their records of controversial utterances, Ilhan made an unfortunate and erroneous reference to “the Benjamins,” in a gratuitous comment about support for Israel in the United States, for which she “unequivocally” apologized:

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Greene lost her committee assignments earlier this year after media focus on an almost incredible blizzard of incendiary statements she made on social media before coming to Congress (barely anyone even noticed her practice of brandishing an AR-15 when discussing her enemies in campaign ads). In February, she apologized for claiming that school shootings were fake and for promoting QAnon conspiracy theories. She never apologized for happily contemplating violence against congressional Democrats (including, very specifically, Ilhan Omar) and the Speaker of the House, or for her unusually aggressive support of Trump’s electoral big lie and the effort in January to overturn the presidential election results, or for her own subscription to very weird anti-Semitic claims.

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ed_kilgore And yet here we have this article and graphic ed_kilgore Putting them in the same headline is gross ed_kilgore must be a Fox News talking point bc my step dad just used the same bs line to me ed_kilgore agreed. Omar is 1000 times worse.

Republicans Target Ilhan Omar, Allies For Questioning Human Rights AbusesHouse Democrats endorsed conservative talking points about Omar last week. Now the GOP wants to force a vote on rebuking the congresswoman. In the USA there are many things that you must lie about. Becoming really happy never to vote for another Democrat or Republican again If GOP includes removal of RepMattGaetz from Judiciary Committee in the resolution I think the Omar Censure has a chance to pass a TheDemocrats vote?

Marjorie Taylor Greene 'very sorry' about mask rules comparison after Holocaust museum visit'I have made a mistake,' Greene said.

Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for comparing mask mandate to the HolocaustThe right-wing GOP firebrand says she is sorry for her comments comparing the required wearing of masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust. this is terrible news No, she really didn’t. Who? Just another death cult member

Marjorie Taylor Greene Didn't 'Learn' Anything at the Holocaust MuseumThe congresswoman's visit to the Holocaust Museum was peak political pageantry that reminds me. I need to put on some sunscreen She doesn’t have the intelligence to learn anything

Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing safety masks, HolocaustRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is apologizing for comparing the required wearing of safety masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust. It's a rare expression of regret by the conservative agitator. The grift continues This might be the first time a Nazi has apologized for the Holocaust Her only regret is that she has to apologize for it. She knew.

U.S. congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for comparing COVID-19 masks to Holocaust‘There is no comparison to the Holocaust, and there never should be. And that's what I'm sorry for:’ Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly apologized for her remarks comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Holocaust And if anyone believes that apology to be sincere, I have a bridge to sell you. Are her eyes crooked? Credit where credit is due, apologising and admitting where you're wrong is the first step towards corrective action and personal improvement. While her comments were certainly abhorrent, it's a shame the virtue signallers still have this lesson to learn.