Marjorie Taylor Greene Receives Backlash After Recent Remarks

Angelina Astic, Copy Editor

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia’s 14th Congressional District has recently sparked backlash after recent comments regarding Democrats, former President Barack Obama, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr., former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, 9/11 and, most notably, the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Greene, who assumed her position in Congress on Jan. 3, 2021, began her term suggesting that President Donald J. Trump had won reelection and that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent — claims which have repeatedly been proven false. She has also been a proponent of the QAnon conspiracy and “Stop the Steal,” a movement led by many Trump supporters who believe the election was stolen.

On Mar. 25, 2019, Greene confronted gun reform activist and survivor of the Parkland Shooting, David Hogg, during his visit to senators at the U.S. Capitol regarding gun violence. Greene, walking behind Hogg, repeatedly made false statements and claims regarding him and his intentions, as well as the events of the school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people.

This incident, which Greene had filmed via another individual and shared to her followers, occurred before her election. In the video, Greene claimed that Hogg had received funding from billionaire George Soros and that his efforts had corrupt backing, false claims which Hogg has denied.

During the recording, Greene also added that, as a gun owner, she felt it necessary to publicly oppose the “radical gun control agenda” that Hogg continues to support. Previous posts also show that she believed the Parkland massacre to be a “false flag” event, alleging that many had conspired to place blame for the shooting on someone else. These claims also have been disproven.

Comments have also surfaced from 2018 and 2019, some which indicate her alleged support for executing top Democrats. One post, which Greene “liked,” stated that “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to eliminate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her post.

More comments like this have also been found in Greene’s past as well. A Facebook post from Apr. 2018 showed Greene writing conspiratory remarks regarding President Obama’s Iran deal. An individual commented on the post, making reference to Obama and Hillary Clinton: “Now do we get to hang them?? Meaning H & O???.” Greene responded to the comment with, “Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”

In response to previous likes, comments and posts, Greene stated on Twitter that she has had a multitude of individuals run her social media over the past decade.

Many other comments have resurfaced from Greene’s past, with Greene making multiple false claims during an American Priority Conference livestream in 2018. Greene also has falsely labeled President Obama a Muslim and inaccurately questioned the events of 9/11.

There have also been several other references to the Clinton family, primarily Hillary Clinton, such as when Greene declared that the 1999 small plane crash did not cause John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death. Instead, Greene proposed that he had been assassinated, as he could have possibly rivaled Hillary Clinton for one of the New York Senate seats. This statement is also false, as JFK, Jr.’s body, as well as those of his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean and identified by Senator Edward Kennedy.

The Georgia Representative has also made anti-Semetic comments, such as when she made false claims blaming those of the Jewish faith for the 2018 California wildfires.

Recently, Greene reportedly had a phone call with former President Trump and indicated that they had a “great” conversation and that she has his full support.

Republicans, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, assigned the Representative to the House Education and Labor Committee on Jan. 28, 2021. House Democrats plan to file a resolution to strip her of her committee assignments due to her previous statements and false theories.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement on Feb. 1 condemning Greene’s comments and denouncing many of her false theories. In his statement, McConnell referred to her statements as “loony lies and conspiracy theories” and her commentary as a “cancer” to the GOP.