Cheney calls Greene's comments on House mask policy 'evil lunacy'

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy MORE (R-Wyo.) on Saturday became the latest lawmaker to condemn Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) for comparing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE’s (D-Calif.) mask policy on the House floor to the Holocaust. 

This is evil lunacy,” Cheney tweeted Saturday morning, along with a clip of Greene’s Friday interview on Real America’s Voice. During the segment, Greene also argued that Pelosi was “mentally ill.” 

“You know, we can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene added in the interview. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.” 

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Cheney’s response comes after Greene and other GOP lawmakers pushed for the Wyoming congresswoman to be removed from her position as House Republican Conference chairwoman. 

House Republicans eventually voted to boot Cheney from her leadership post earlier this month after she repeatedly criticized former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE over his unsupported claims of voter fraud. 

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Following her ouster, Cheney doubled down on her criticism of Trump, telling reporters that she would do everything in her power to keep Trump from winning another term in the White House. 

Greene, who was removed from her House committees earlier this year over her past support for conspiracy theories and posts that advocated for violence against Democratic leaders, has received bipartisan criticism over her Friday remarks on Pelosi's mask policy. 

Former Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanVirginia Democrats seek to tie Youngkin to Trump's election claims The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Va.) tweeted Friday evening, “Comparing wearing masks to the abuse of the Holocaust is a not so subtle diminution of the horrors experienced by millions. It’s a grotesque idiocy mixed with a neurotic lack of self awareness.” 

Meanwhile, Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Lobbying world Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills MORE (D-R.I.), who is Jewish, tweeted, “The Holocaust: The systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Mask-wearing: A simple act that costs you nothing and saves lives. Marjorie Taylor Greene: A troubled person who is unfit to serve in Congress.” 

The American Jewish Congress also pushed back on Greene’s remarks, tweeting, “You can never compare health-related restrictions with yellow stars, gas chambers & other Nazi atrocities.” 

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The organization called on the Georgia congresswoman to “immediately retract and apologize” for her comments. 

Greene was one of seven Republicans this week given a formal warning by the House sergeant-at-arms for refusing to comply with the mask mandate on the House floor. 

The policy still stands despite updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear face coverings in most settings. 

Democrats have supported keeping the mask requirement in place, noting that several GOP House members have not yet gotten the vaccine.