The most recent stunt by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is a poisonous brew of bigotry and trolling, and demonstrated how low she’s keen to sink for consideration.
On Wednesday, Greene, maybe finest identified for her embrace of QAnon conspiracy theories within the years main as much as her successful an unopposed congressional race final November, tweeted a video of herself posting a transphobic signal outdoors the workplace of Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL), whose daughter is transgender.
“Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, needs to cross the so-called ‘Equality’ Act to destroy girls’s rights and spiritual freedoms. Thought we’d put up ours so she will be able to have a look at it each time she opens her door,” says a tweet from Greene’s congressional account, above a video of her affixing an indication to a door outdoors Newman’s workplace that reads, “There are TWO genders: Male & Feminine. Belief The Science!”
Greene’s tweet got here in retaliation to Newman posting a video of her displaying the transgender flag outdoors Greene’s workplace. Right here’s the forwards and backwards:
Greene’s assault on Newman and her household swiftly drew bipartisan condemnation. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) responded to it with a tweet saying, “That is unhappy and I’m sorry this occurred. Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet symbolize the hate and fame pushed politics of self-promotion in any respect evil prices. This rubbish should finish, so as to #RestoreOurGOP.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) famous that Greene’s transphobia is at odds with science discovering that intercourse is just not binary and requested, “Why do you need to discriminate in opposition to People who occur to be transgender?”
Greene’s tweet wasn’t her solely assault on Newman on Wednesday. Earlier within the day, Greene responded to a video Newman tweeted of herself talking on the Home ground on behalf of the Equality Act (“I’m voting to cross the Equality Act for my daughter — the strongest, bravest particular person I do know,” she wrote) with a tweet from her private account misgendering Newman’s daughter and saying she “does NOT belong in my daughters’ loos, locker rooms, and sports activities groups.”
Newman, for what it’s value, doesn’t appear shaken by Greene’s antics. Throughout a CNN interview on Wednesday, Newman mentioned she’s “immensely happy with her daughter, and that’s all anybody is asking for — to be handled as anybody else. And that’s what I would like Rep. Greene to see.”
Greene’s crude opposition to the Equality Act
The backdrop to Greene’s assaults on Newman is the Equality Act, which was reintroduced within the Home on Wednesday. The laws, which President Joe Biden has promised to signal, would amend present civil rights legal guidelines and prolong them to all LGBTQ individuals, overriding legal guidelines like ones on the books within the 27 states the place transgender individuals could be denied housing on the premise of their identification.
The laws is sort of sure to cross within the Democratic-controlled Home, because it did in 2019. Nevertheless it faces an unsure destiny within the Senate, the place 60 votes are wanted — which means 10 Republicans must be a part of all 50 Democrats in voting for it. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who has been identified to facet with Democrats on social points, has already mentioned he’ll vote in opposition to the Equality Act due to inadequate “non secular liberty protections.”
Greene’s opposition is way cruder — she merely denies that trans individuals exist. However that crudeness is totally on model for a member of Congress who illustrates, maybe higher than anybody else, how a faction of the trendy Republican Celebration has devolved into social media trolling that places marginalized individuals in danger, opening them as much as harassment and attainable violent assaults.
Greene lost her committee assignments earlier this month after a string of reports reviews surfaced about social media posts from 2018 and 2019 the place she endorsed political violence in opposition to Democrats and was filmed harassing a college taking pictures survivor, amongst different outrages. She responded with a information convention wherein she mentioned she’s “sorry for saying all these issues which can be incorrect and offensive.” However even then it appeared that apology wasn’t coming from a spot of sincerity, coming because it did throughout a press occasion the place she used white nationalist dog whistles and bashed reporters for asking her simple questions on her previous social media exercise.
Free of group assignments, Greene has busied herself with trolling and inflicting chaos. On Wednesday and Thursday, as an example, she made random motions to adjourn Congress, forcing members to point out up on the ground to vote them down and tying issues up for about an hour.
On Thursday she did so whereas carrying a masks that learn, “THIS MASK IS AS USELESS AS JOE BIDEN.”
On the Home ground, Marjorie Taylor Greene claims she was a “sufferer” of the January 6 rebellion she inspired, then provides, “the Equality Act is just not about stopping discrimination. It is about inflicting discrimination in opposition to girls and spiritual freedoms.” pic.twitter.com/6h7rCrpPxa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2021
This would possibly seem to be innocent proudly owning of the libs, however it’s not. Rep. Lieu tweeted that the “draw back in fact is that it’s a waste of time and taxpayers cash for us to vote on silly, nonsensical motions.” Even worse, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tweeted that Greene’s movement to adjourn on Wednesday compelled him to disrupt a labeled briefing he was chairing.
“Members needed to go away to vote and missed data that may solely be shared at that briefing,” he tweeted. “These tantrums have penalties.”
Greene has Trump’s blessing — and meaning rather a lot
Whereas it’s tempting to dismiss Greene and her attention-seeking conduct as fringe, the fact is that she represents an necessary faction of the Republican Celebration.
Late final month, as she was below fireplace for the resurfaced social media posts, Greene boasted of a name she obtained from former President Donald Trump and tweeted, “I’m so grateful for his help.”
I had a GREAT name with my all time favourite POTUS, President Trump!
I’m so grateful for his help and extra importantly the individuals of this nation are completely 100% loyal to him as a result of he’s 100% loyal to the individuals and America First.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) January 30, 2021
Trump’s endorsement of Greene is necessary, as a result of it makes it rather more troublesome politically for Home Republicans to distance themselves from her.
Certainly, with the uncommon exception of Republicans like Kinzinger, outstanding Republicans — like Home Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) — have caught by Greene, defending her with whataboutism, false equivalencies, and baseless insinuations that the social media posts wherein she embraced conspiracy theories and violence could have been manipulated. Greene, in the meantime, has continued to be outspoken in her help of Trump, saying issues like, “The social gathering is his. It doesn’t belong to anyone else.”