Kinzinger calls for Greene to be removed from GOP conference after Holocaust remark

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign MORE (R-Ill.) on Tuesday called on 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.) to be removed from the House GOP conference over controversial remarks likening mask mandates to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

“You can’t stop somebody from calling themselves a Republican or declaring themselves a Republican,” Kinzinger said during a Politico Live event.

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“But what we can do as a party is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference. That’s what I think we should do. I think we should kick her out of the conference, prevent her from coming to conference meetings, benefiting from conference materials.”

“And I’m not sure if that’ll happen, but it’s just going to continue this kind of stuff. It’s just mind-numbing,” he said. 

The comments marked the latest rebuke of Greene from within the GOP after she sparked backlash last week by comparing rules mandating masks on the House floor to the genocide of Jews during World War II.

“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. And this is exactly the type of abuse that [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Overnight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban MORE [D-Calif.] is talking about,” she said.

Greene doubled down Tuesday, tweeting, “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazis forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”

Those remarks drew criticism from top House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublican who went maskless now says coronavirus 'wants to kill us' Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance House to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance MORE (La.).

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“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling,” McCarthy said in a statement.

Greene’s comments were just the latest in a string of controversial remarks. She drew criticism for past social media posts calling for violence against Democrats and supporting conspiracy theories such as QAnon. 

House Democrats earlier this year voted to kick her off her committees over those remarks, though Republicans opposed the effort. They argued that the earlier comments came before Greene held elected office.

Kinzinger, however, noted that argument doesn't fly with Greene's latest remarks.

“Well, she’s been saying this as a member of Congress,” he said. 

Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.