Biggest Troll of 2021: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
It would be hard to argue that 2021 has been a productive year in politics. But for Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene – the CrossFit trainer turned US congressman representing Georgia’s 14th Congressional District – the year has been exactly that.
No, it has not sponsored any law passed by a house of Congress. And no, she couldn’t keep any of her House committee assignments. But somehow, with no political background, Greene has proven to be very proficient at activating the most marginal elements of the GOP, sparking sassy interpersonal drama on Capitol Hill, promoting grand theories of the GOP online. right-wing plot and stoking the flames of conservative culture war.
On her very first day in Congress, the Georgian lawmaker exposed her right-wing perma-rage state by wearing a “Trump Won” face mask amid the former president’s baseless fraud allegations in the 2020 election. At the time, many viewed the display as odd. But in fact, it was in perfect harmony with his past affinity for unreality.
As his election draws near, Politico revealed that Greene had once ardently subscribed to QAnon, the idea that an elite Satan-worshiping Democratic cabal was running a global child sex trafficking operation. The Georgia freshman is also said to have endorsed the idea that the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. Was a false flag case orchestrated by the gun control lobby. Perhaps most famous, Greene once suggested that California’s deadliest wildfire was arson by space lasers owned by Rothschilds.
Five years ago, Greene’s turbulent past – riddled with plots fueled by racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia – could have prevented a career in federal policymaking. But if anything, his past irregularities were just tastes of the chaotic entry to come.
In the wake of the Capitol riot, fueled in large part by her allegations of electoral fraud, the Georgian lawmaker has repeatedly played down the insurgency that left five dead and 140 police officers injured, saying it may have been infiltrated by antifa shakers. Just before Trump’s impeachment trial, in which the former president was accused of inciting a riot, the Georgian lawmaker went so far as to attribute the riot – led by Trump supporters – to Democrats, arguing that the party “must be held responsible for the political violence inspired by its rhetoric”.
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Greene kept that momentum going in January. On the second day of President Biden’s term, the Republican deposit his first resolution: articles of impeachment against the president, whose âfamily pocketsâ were filled with âmoney from corrupt foreign energy companiesâ. Days later, and just three weeks into Greene’s tenure, several members of Congress had already drafted resolutions to censor her and expel her from the body, in particular citing its past support for the executing members of Congress. In a testament to the degeneration of the GOP, both resolutions failed.
In February, Greene had already been ousted from both of her posts on the Budget Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. But whatever, because by then it was already very clear that policymaking had never been quite its focus.
Throughout the spring and summer, Greene, likely sensing the insurgency drama was getting stale, shifted most of his attention from the elections to the pandemic. That is, after months of backing a failed fascist electoral coup, she grew increasingly concerned about the âtyrannyâ of vaccines and masks.
In March, just after the country hit a grim record of 500,000 coronavirus deaths and New York began implementing “vaccine passports,” Greene called the policy “Biden’s mark of the beast. “. And in May, she repeatedly upped the stake by comparing health precautions related to COVID-19 to policies put in place during Nazi Germany.
Speaking of the House’s mask tenure, Greene, not a fan of Jewish history, recalled a “time in history when people had to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second class citizens, so much so that they were put on trains and taken to gas chambers in the city. ‘Nazi Germany’.
âI think any rational Jewish person didn’t like what happened in Nazi Germany, and any rational Jewish person doesn’t like what happens with the authoritarian mask mandates and authoritarian vaccination policies “she said. added days later, doubling down on his remarks.
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Greene would of course be raked in the mud by such comments from Republicans and Democrats, leading to a rare apology after a planned visit to the DC Holocaust Museum. But just three weeks later, the right-wing uproar was back in the saddle of sensationalism, comparing Biden’s offhand idea of ââdoor-to-door vaccinations to “medical brown shirts.” (The Brown Shirts were the often violent paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party.)
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Much of Greenes’ anger over COVID was directed against the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci. In June, months after the filing of the “Fire Fauci Act” – which no longer needs explanation – Greene writing an angry missive to Biden, asking him to formally probe the doctor on unfounded fears that the COVID-19 virus was a “manufactured” biological weapon triggered by China. Greene upped the ante the following month, warning that the virus was actually Fauci’s “experiment” because he was supporting “gain-of-function research” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“It’s her baby”, she noted COVID-19 at the time. “It’s his experience, and he’s starting to watch it in the real world, like on a live TV show where he’s got a front row seat. He can watch what’s going on.”
On COVID-19, Greene’s rhetoric has unfortunately been fairly consistent with his personal conduct in the halls of Congress. To date, the Georgian conservative has yet to receive a vaccine, although she is regularly exposed to her staff and other lawmakers. Greene also repeatedly flouts the House Mask mandate, which has earned him more $ 63,000 in fines. There is even reason to believe that the Republican may have infected several of her colleagues during the January 6 confinement by refusing to wear a mask.
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Although COVID-19 was the source of much of his abuse, Greene was not shy about addressing other kitchen table issues like race, sex, gender, abortion, and religion. .
In February, as she tried to defeat the Equality Act, a landmark LGBTQ + rights bill, she told the House that the measure “would violate everything we hold dear in God’s creation. “. Later that day, Greene hung a transphobic sign just outside the office of Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill, whose daughter is transgender. The sign, opposite Newman’s pride flag, read, “There are two genders: male and female. Trust science.”
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In June, shortly after ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering 46-year-old black man George Floyd, Greene delivered the verdict for alleged intimidation of the jury, tarring Black Lives Matter is a “terrorist organization” which uses “the same tactics that the Ku Klux Klan used”.
âThere was no way we could see anything other than a guilty verdict. It’s crowd rule,â she said. noted at the time. “And I’m not even talking about the verdict. I’m just talking about the fact that BLM has become the most powerful national terrorist organization in the United States.”
This year, all of Greene’s antics have paid off – literally. The conservative brand, totally unknown a year ago, raised a whopping $ 3.2 million in the first three months of his fundraiser – more than any House Republican in the same time frame. And politically, it’s a near-shoo-in, with 75% of his district having voted for Trump in the last election.
Greene said she was just “getting started.” What she means by that is not exactly clear, since she has in fact done nothing on the legislative front. But like CNN’s Chris Cillizza put, “She doesn’t care about being the head of the party. Or passing laws. Or even sitting on committees. She cares about building her brand through social media trolling and appearances on social media. television on national networks. This is his path to influence and power within the GOP. “