In a Pre-Election Video, Marjorie Taylor Greene Endorsed Political Violence
Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Evidence continues to emerge that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has over the past several years promoted deranged conspiracy theories and endorsed violence against perceived political enemies. The latest revelations this week about the newly elected Republican congresswoman included her suggesting in videos and online comments that the Sandy Hook and Parkland mass shootings were hoaxes and promoting claims that Hillary Clinton gruesomely murdered children. Content from Greene’s social media pages uncovered by CNN and others also showed her endorsing calls to execute FBI agents deemed disloyal to President Donald Trump and to target top Democrats, including “a bullet to the head” for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On Twitter, Greene called CNN’s story a “hit piece on me focused on my time before running for political office,” while also suggesting that responsibility for the content lay with “teams of people” managing her social media accounts. But previously unreported video footage obtained by Mother Jones reveals that Greene continued using violent rhetoric just before the November elections.
On October 27, one week before Election Day, Greene sat down for a live interview with pro-gun activist Chris Dorr broadcast on Facebook from a Pennsylvania gun shop. In the 22-minute video, posted by the Pennsylvania Firearms Association, the two held forth about the Second Amendment and the necessity of backing Trump and other far-right Republicans in the election. Greene warned ominously about fending off “socialists” like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, claiming they would confiscate Americans’ guns. “If this generation doesn’t stand up and defend freedom, it’s gone,” Greene said, addressing viewers. “And once it’s gone, freedom doesn’t come back by itself. The only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood.”