Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Joe Biden to Hitler, sparking rare criticism from an Israeli diplomat

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Joe Biden to Hitler, sparking rare criticism from an Israeli diplomat
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican of Georgia, talks as President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address.J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Joe Biden to Hitler following his speech criticizing "MAGA forces."
  • She shared a doctored video of Biden edited to resemble Hitler, and wrote: "Joe Biden is Hitler. #NaziJoe has to go."
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An Israeli diplomat and Jewish groups have criticized Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she compared President Joe Biden to Adolf Hitler.

The Georgia congresswoman tweeted a doctored video on Thursday night that depicted Biden with a Hitler-style mustache and an audio clip of the former German leader and Nazi symbols.

In another tweet, she wrote: "Joe Biden is Hitler. #NaziJoe has to go."

Greene, a Trump loyalist, commented after Biden's Thursday speech in which he criticized "MAGA forces" who he said, "are determined to take this country backward."

"I guess when President Butterbeans is frail, weak, and dementia ridden, the Hitler imagery was their attempt to make him look "tough" while he declares war on half of America as enemies of the state," the congresswoman wrote on Twitter.

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An Israel diplomat said he was "appalled" by the congresswoman's comments in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Speaking anonomsly, the diplomat said: "I am appalled by this cynical use of Nazi imagery and Hitler comparisons by a member of the United States Congress."

"As we face a rise in antisemitic incidents, in the US and around the world, rhetoric like this only fuels the persistent threat of hatred, extremism, and violence."

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene compared Joe Biden to Hitler, sparking rare criticism from an Israeli diplomat
President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned a primetime speech Thursday night from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Alex Wong/Getty Images

The agency noted that it had granted the diplomat anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, as it is extraordinarily rare for an Israeli diplomat to criticize an individual American lawmaker.

The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee also criticized Greene on Twitter.

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The ADL's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the congresswoman's tweet was "disgraceful" and that with one tweet, she "managed to trivialize Hitler and the Nazis' sheer evil.

He added that her comments belittled "the serious threat that extremism poses to this country."

The American Jewish Committee also commented on Twitter that the doctored video was "vile, offensive, and completely unbecoming for a member of Congress."

Following Biden's speech, several Republicans made critical comments, focusing on the dramatic red lighting behind him.

Former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley commented that it looked like Biden was "in the depths of hell," and former assistant treasury secretary Monica Crowley said the red lighting was "almost satanic."

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