Marjorie Taylor Greene roasted for ‘gazpacho police’ remark
Social media erupted in soup jokes on Wednesday after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of having “gazpacho police” spy on lawmakers and their staffs.
The remark was an apparent reference to the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police, but the far-right rep instead named the chilled vegetable soup popular in Spain and Portugal.
During an interview on One America News Network, Greene said Pelosi was using U.S. Capitol Police officers as “pawns” and sending them into lawmakers’ offices to “investigate.”
“Not only do we have the D.C. jail, which is the D.C. gulag, but now we have Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police spying on members of Congress,” she said.
The internet quickly jumped on the congresswoman’s bungled metaphor.
“First, Nazi comparisons are unbecoming of a Congresswoman,” tweeted Holly McCormack, a Democrat who is running against Greene in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. “Second, I am not surprised Marge does not know the difference between gazpacho and Gestapo.”
“Overheard: Marjorie Taylor Greene keeps talking about Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Gazpacho’ and now I want the recipe,” tweeted George Takei, who plays Sulu in the “Star Trek” franchise.
George Conway, the conservative lawyer and columnist, quickly changed his Twitter profile name to “Oficial de Policía de Gazpacho Conway.”
And progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) tweeted that Greene “clearly banned all books from her house years ago” in reference to the ongoing conservative push to ban from schools books deemed sexually explicit or racially charged.
Greene appeared to address the controversy on Wednesday night when she tweeted, “No soup for those who illegally spy on Members of Congress, but they will be thrown in the goulash.”
Wednesday’s “gazpacho” blunder wasn’t Greene’s first attempt to compare Democrats and their policies to Nazis.
In July, she compared a push by President Biden to ensure as many Americans are vaccinated against the coronavirus as possible to the people who helped Adolf Hitler rise to power in Nazi Germany.
And in May, she compared House Democrats’ mask requirements in the Capitol to Jews being forced to wear gold stars during the Holocaust.