Marjorie Taylor Greene
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“”Every Republican, every Christian Conservative is going to be called a racist and a bigot.
|—Marjorie Taylor Greene, racist and bigot|
"The Jews are in space" Greene (1974–) is one of the first two QAnon conspiracy nuts ever to be elected to the United States Congress (the other being Lauren Boebert). Greene represents Georgia's 14th House district. A fellow Republican in Congress describes her as "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs."
Conspiracy theories had festered and writhed on the fringes and underbelly of the American conservative movement for decades, but were largely seen as disreputable and ridiculous by the vast majority of Republicans. However, with the Mango Messiah's election in 2016, these once-mocked conspiracies were elevated from the lowest rung on the ladder of the conservative movement to holier than Saint Ronnie himself. By the time of the 2020 presidential election, these foul conspiracy theories had essentially replaced the entire conservative movement (now a personality cult), in addition to the entirety of the US Republican Party's platform. (They literally didn't even bother writing a party platform in 2020 and just glided on conspiracies and Trump instead.)
Into this shitshow struts Marjorie Taylor Greene. She's been recorded saying, on tape, that Hillary Clinton secretly murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. She also believes that there's a Satanic, pedophilic cult of blood-drinkers and baby-eaters operating out of a random pizza restaurant. She's perfect.
Portfolio and greatest hits
- The American government is a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles that can only be defeated by conspiracy nuts like herself.
- Wildfires are caused by secret space lasers that are operated by DA JOOZ!
- George Soros, whose Jewish family was hunted by Nazis, is secretly a Nazi.
- Black Lives Matter are also Nazis, somehow.
- Children that manage to survive school shootings aren't just Nazis. They are literally Hitler himself.
- Greene says that if she were black, she would be proud of monuments to slave-owning war criminals.
- She believes that Barack Obama commands Latino gangs as his personal death squads.
- She says Muslim people should be barred from holding public office, in spite of the fact that this would be exactly the sort of anti-religious conspiracy that Greene fantasizes she herself is the victim of. (And it would be illegal.)
- It is "oppressive" that congresspeople like her have to wear masks. Oh, won't someone please think of the poor, oppressed congresspeople!?!??
- She thinks that transgender people aren't real, and are also, somehow, an abomination that threatens children. For some reason she films herself yelling loudly about this topic in a public library. She also had harassed her office neighbor, Marie Newman (IL-D), because she put up a trans pride flag in support of her daughter. Rude.
- An anonymous online troll called "Q" is the only person who can save America from all the above made-up problems.
- She believes that the Parkland mass shooting was a false flag, and harassed shooting survivor David Hogg in 2018.
- Greene's Facebook feed included several endorsements of violence against Democrats, including against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
- Greene promoted an anti-refugee and anti-Semitic propaganda video that demonised Africans and Muslims, promoted the "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory and promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories blaming Jews for Muslim immigration to Europe.
- Greene liked comments that suggested execution of FBI agents who are part of the "deep state".
- Claims that there was no evidence that an airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11.
- Claims that Obama is secretly a Muslim.
- Claims that the Clintons killed JFK Jr.
- She referred to Guam as a foreign country. (Well, it sounds furr'n, dunnit?)
- She compared rules that require House members to wear masks on the floor of the chamber as protection against COVID-19 to Jews being forced to wear yellow stars during the Holocaust. (Oh yeah? So where's your space laser, Marj?)
- Demonstrating that she has no understanding of the United States Constitution, she claimed that Democrats were attempting a coup by impeaching Trump a second time a couple of days after the Trump-inspired auto-coup on January 6, 2021.
- She brought a Scooby-Doo meme into Congress to explain her opposition to the Green New Deal. Velma she is not.
Pivot… or not
Immediately after she won her primary election (the only election that matters in her very Republican district) Greene distanced herself from QAnon in a Fox News interview. Apparently she finally noticed that Q had been lying the whole time! The reality is that she may no longer be talking about 'Q', but still believes that there is a secret plot to undermine Donald Trump.
These days, Greene can be found literally chasing her fellow members of Congress around in the hallways, yelling "why do you support terrorists and Antifa?" at them. Her targets in congress have requested additional security to deal with Greene physically trying to run them down at work.
Meet the new Nazis, same as the old Nazis
In 1940, the America First Committee was founded. Initially anti-war and isolationist in a more mainstream fashion, it ended up being dominated by pro-fascists and pro-Nazi members. Perhaps most famously, Charles Lindbergh was a member. His early aviation triumphs were diminished by actions in the committee widely seen as sympathetic to Nazis, including a famous anti-Semitic AFC speech on September 11, 1941 where he spouted Jewish conspiracy theories. After Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, isolationist feelings in the United States diminished heavily (Lindbergh included), and the AFC disbanded.
However, in 1943, there was enough Nazi sympathizers around to form a very minor, but even more extreme party (co-opting the AFC name) called the America First Party. The short-lived political party was led by Gerald L. K. Smith (a fascist who also was a member of the Silver Legion of America or "Silver Shirts", a copy of Mussolini's blackshirts). Smith was known for advancing policy points that wouldn't sound out of place in the Donald Trump aligned GOP of 2020: "preserve America as a Christian Nation", "oppose a world government and a super-state", and "safeguard America's tradition in relationship to immigration". Smith was also as racist as those aligned with the alt-right wing today, advocating points like the need to "fight mongrelization and... inter-mixture of the black and white races" and "maintain a government" that was "abused by no minority". Even more extreme viewpoints were espoused by other America First members. For instance, one member (Homer Mairtz) proposed to deport all Jewish people in the United States to a designated area within five years; those who refused deportation would be sterilized.
"America First", not entirely coincidentally, was a favorite slogan of Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. The similarity between the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the rhetoric of anti-Semitic American Nazis of the past was startling enough for the Anti-Defamation League to express serious concern about Trump's choice of phrase. Also not entirely coincidentally, alt-right white supremacists such as Nick Fuentes utilized the phrase "America First" in naming their podcasts and conferences.
On April 16, 2021, a news service called "Punchbowl News" (founded by journalist Jake Sherman) released a leaked memo by Greene. The memo detailed Greene's plans to launch a new political caucus, which was uncoincidentally called the America First Caucus. The policy platform would've made Smith proud.
The document contained a strong nativist and isolationist streak, championing "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions". The caucus was founded by Greene and fellow extremist Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who ironically is not Anglo-Saxon (he is Slovenian and Basque). The document contained a strong anti-immigration section that went out of its way to demonize immigrants, highlighting the supposed decreased "capital-to-labor ratio" (i.e., supposed less productive nature) of "post-1965 immigrants" in particular. (1965 was the year that the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was passed, abolishing a quota system that favored immigrants from northwest Europe.) The America First Caucus even wanted infrastructure projects to "(befit) the progeny of European architecture" for some reason (reminiscent of "degenerate art"). Naturally, the document also made musings at modern conservative boogeymen as well, such as echoing Trump's supposed "election fraud" claims (fraud claims that often seemed to target Black city voters) and a supposed need for "civic and cultural assimilation" in American education (a concern that suspiciously sounded like a desire to whitewash racism away from educational books). The nativist blabber, of course, was topped with anti-face mask and anti-COVID-19 lockdown positions as well.
The caucus proposal, widely derided in the general media, ended up being too racist even for the GOP. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was one of many Republicans in Congress who slammed the caucus idea, calling the proposal a "nativist dog whistle." Due to the strong political blowback, on April 17, 2021, a spokesperson/scapegoat for Greene, Nick Dyer, said that "she didn't approve that language" and has "no plans to launch anything". This despite Dyer announcing the caucus launch just a day earlier. The denial that Greene herself wasn't behind the caucus was rather unconvincing when held up to scrutiny. The caucus gained three other supporters before it collapsed: Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Barry Moore (R-AL) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Nazi analogies or psychological projection?
Despite having a political pedigree that dates back to American Nazism, Greene has compared wearing face masks for protecting against COVID to the German Nazi practice of forcing Jews to wear a star of David on their clothing when in public, for which she later apologized at the United States Holocaust Museum in June 2021. This is something that one could possibly believe was a genuine apology except that she continues to maintain that the US Democratic Party is just like the German Nazi Party (NSDAP), and for timing that indicated that it was an attempt to avoid being censured by Congress.
To prove that you can place a person at an educational institution (the Holocaust Museum), but you can't make them learn. In July 2021, Greene made another Nazi analogy by comparing the offering of voluntary COVID vaccinations to Nazi brownshirts.
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- Sasse, Ben. QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within The Atlantic
- Margulies, Ben. Even if it wanted to, the Republican Party simply cannot stop the spread of the QAnon conspiracy and the candidates which support it. London School of Economics.
- Shepard, Alex. Why the GOP Didn’t Write a New Platform. The New Republic
- GOP Congresswoman Blamed Wildfires on Secret Jewish Space Laser New York Magazine
- Simon, Barbara. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia GOP House Primary winner, has disturbing and dangerous record of anti-LGBTQ and racist rhetoric and threatening behavior. GLAAD.
- US: Proponent of 'QAnon' Conspiracy Theories, Marjorie Taylor Greene Wins House Seat
- Espana, Melissa (2021-02-25). "Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene mocks Illinois Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender pride flag".
- Parkland families call for Marjorie Taylor Greene's resignation after posts surface showing she agreed shooting was a 'false flag' by Dakin Andone (Updated 3:03 PM ET, Fri January 22, 2021) CNN.
- Video surfaces of Marjorie Taylor Greene confronting Parkland shooting survivor with baseless claims by Paul LeBlanc (January 28, 2021) CNN.
- The GOP’s Marjorie Taylor Greene problem is spinning out of control by Aaron (Jan. 27, 2021 at 8:03 a.m. PST) The Washington Post.
- Marjorie Taylor Greene shared an anti-Muslim video that portrays Jewish people as trying to destroy Europe through immigration Media Matters
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene video: Obama secretly a Muslim, Clintons killed JFK Jr., Pentagon attack on 9/11 is questionable by Catie Edmondson (Jan 30, 2021 at 11:36 AM) The New York Times via The Baltimore Sun.
- Dan MacGuill, Did Marjorie Taylor Greene Refer to Guam as a Foreign Country?, Snopes 12 Mar. 2021
- Chris Cillizza, What, exactly, would it take for Republicans to walk away from Marjorie Taylor Greene? CNN, 24 May 2021.
- Congressional Democrats Threaten Yet Another Coup Attempt Against President Donald Trump by Marjorie Taylor Greene (January 11, 2021) United States House of Representatives.
- Ruh-Roh! Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘Scooby-Doo’ Stunt Did Not Go Well, Huffington Post Lee Moran, 23 September 2021
- Who’s who in the Matt Gaetz scandal by Philip Bump (April 9, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
- Marjorie Greene, controversial Georgia Republican, says she's not a QAnon candidate: Trump-backed candidate says she no longer talks about 'Q' after finding 'misinformation' by Marisa Schultz (August 14, 2020) Fox News.
- House Minority Leader McCarthy claims Reps.-elect Greene, Boebert 'denounced' QAnon; Greene has not by Derek Hawkins (November 12, 2020 at 1:12 p.m. PST) The Washington Post.
- Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Really Great at Her Job: Professional Troll by Alex Shephard (May 14, 2021) The New Republic
- "Lindbergh: Fallen Hero", PBS American Experience
- "Germany And The America First Movement", Charles Lindbergh biography, Encyclopedia Britannica
- "We Don't Want a Hitler Here", by Kirsten Delegard, the Historyapolis project, 2015 December 9th
- "Flashback 1944: America First Party Calls for Jewish Deportation, Sterilization" by Susan Ingram, Baltimore Jewish Times, 2019 February 21
- "Trump’s ‘America First’ has ugly echoes from U.S. history" by Susan Dunn, CNN, 2016 April 28
- "Donald Trump’s new favorite slogan was invented for Nazi sympathizers" by Eric Rauchway, Washington Post, 2016 June 14
- "ADL Urges Donald Trump to Reconsider “America First” in Foreign Policy Approach", ADL press release, 2016 April 28
- "How the far-right group behind AFPAC is using Twitter to grow its movement" by Will Streakin, ABC News, March 12, 2021
- "Groyper Army", ADL Education reference, ADL.com
- "Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz Launch ‘Anglo-Saxon’ ‘America First’ Caucus" by Cameron Joseph and Liz Landers, Vice, 2021 April 16
- "America First Caucus Policy Platform", archived on punchbowl.news
- See the Wikipedia article on Paul Gosar § Early life and education.
- "The Immigration Act That Inadvertently Changed America" by Tom Gjelten, Atlantic, 2015 October 2
- "The racist rhetoric behind accusing largely Black cities of voter fraud" by Brandon Tensley, CNN, 2020 November 20
- "Republicans are Basically Starting a White Supremacist Caucus" by Bess Levin, 2021 April 16
- ‘Nativist Crap’: Critics Erupt In Fury Over New Conservative ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus by Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post, 2021 April 17
- "Marjorie Taylor Greene scraps planned launch of controversial 'America First' caucus amid blowback from GOP" by Daniella Diaz, CNN, 2021 April 17
- Marjorie Taylor Greene and the implosion of the America First Caucus by Aaron Blake (April 20, 2021 at 7:21 a.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
- McCarthy, other congressional leaders condemn Greene for comparing coronavirus masking policies to the Holocaust by Mike DeBonis & John Wagner (May 25, 2021 at 4:05 p.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
- Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing face masks to Holocaust, but stands by comparison of Democrats to Nazi party by Felicia Sonmez (June 14, 2021 at 6:01 p.m. PDT) The Washington Post.
- Weeks after Holocaust Museum visit, Rep. Greene makes new Nazi-era comparison in opposing vaccination push by Felicia Sonmez (July 7, 2021) The Washington Post.