Following Apology, Schneider Will Not Introduce Rep. Greene Censure Resolution At This Time
WASHINGTON— Today, Representative Brad Schneider announced that he would no longer move forward in introducing a resolution of censure for Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene following her apology and visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Congressman Schneider released the following statement:
“I believe that words matter and that they have consequences. Elected officials, and especially members of Congress, have a great responsibility to carefully measure our words and be as precise as possible when we communicate. Sometimes we may stumble in our message. When we do, we should be given the chance to clarify exactly what we intended to say and promptly set the record straight.
“But when I heard Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene initial make her comparison of our nation’s Covid-response to the Holocaust, and then repeat it again and again, I never expected a retraction or an apology. After all, Rep. Greene has a long history of unapologetically inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to learn that she made the time to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum (where I have the honor of serving as a trustee), and I appreciate that after her visit she understood the harm of her comparison and offered an apology.
“In light of her apology, I am electing not to go forward at this time with introducing a resolution of censure.
“Moving forward, I will continue to call out harmful or dangerous rhetoric by my colleagues, irrespective of which side of the aisle from which it emanates. While I will certainly have vehement disagreements with Rep. Greene on policy, politics, and style, I hope that Congress can take the necessary steps to serve as a model to a nation desperately in need of leaders willing to correct themselves when they are wrong, and to engage in a more civil discourse to ultimately work together toward a ‘more perfect union.’
“I want to thank the co-leads of our would-be Censure Resolution for their work: Representatives Linda Sánchez, Nikema Williams, and Brenda Lawrence. Words matter, but so do actions. By speaking up, we were hopefully able to inspire Rep. Greene to reconsider her remarks in the context of the singular horrors of the Holocaust.”