MP Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized for recent comments in which she compared the mandatory wearing of safety masks in the United States House of Representatives to the horrors of the Holocaust.

“I’m so sorry I offended people with remarks about the Holocaust,” Georgia Republican told reporters outside Capitol Hill, claiming she visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington earlier today. .

“There is no comparison and there never will be,” she added.

Ms Greene’s comments were a rare expression of regret on the part of the Conservative agitator, a freshman whose career has included embracing violent and offensive conspiracy theories and angry confrontations with progressives

Her apology came more than three weeks after and appeared on a Tory podcast where she compared the Covid-19 security requirements passed by Democrats controlling the House to “a time and a history when people were told to wear a star of gold “.

Ms Greene said they were “put on trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. This is exactly the type of abuse that (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

The comments were condemned by Republican leaders, including parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who called the comparison “appalling.”

GOP leaders have often been reluctant to castigate Ms. Greene, a close ally of former President Donald Trump.

After the discovery of social media posts in which Ms Greene suggested support for the execution of some Democratic leaders, Mr McCarthy and most Republicans backed her when the House took the unusual step of stripping her of her commission functions in February.