Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a first-term Georgian Republican, has repeatedly endorsed the execution of senior Democratic politicians on social media before being elected to Congress, including telling a follower who asked if they could hang former President Barack Obama that “the scene was brewing.” “
A review of Ms Greene’s social media accounts, first reported by CNN, found that she repeatedly liked Facebook posts dealing with the prospect of violence against Democratic lawmakers and federal government employees. Ms Greene liked a Facebook comment in January 2019 that “a bullet in the head would be faster” to fire President Nancy Pelosi, and liked another about the execution of FBI agents.
After a Facebook follower asked Ms. Greene “Now can we hang them,” referring to Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate, Ms. Greene responded. : “The decor is being set. The players fall into place. You have to be patient. It has to be done perfectly, otherwise Liberal judges will let them go.
In one long statement posted on Twitter On Tuesday, before CNN released its report, Ms Greene did not disown the posts, but accused CNN of “coming after” her for political reasons and noted that several people had managed her social media accounts.
“Over the years, teams of people manage my pages,” Ms. Greene wrote. “Many messages have been liked. Many messages were shared. Some did not represent my views. “
Ms Greene has been previously scrutinized for promoting conspiracy theories, including QAnon, the pro-Trump fringe group that falsely claims the existence of a satanic pedophile cult led by top Democrats and for mistakenly suggesting that the Fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida. , was staged.
She has repeatedly suggested that Ms Pelosi stand on trial for treason for her refusal to support the immigration policies of former President Donald J. Trump, stressing that treason is a crime punishable by death.
In the days leading up to the storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump insurgents on January 6, Greene called the day the Republicans’ “1776 moment”. After the riot, she vowed that Mr. Trump would “stay in office” and that attempts to remove him from the White House were “an attack on all Americans who voted for him,” even though he lost the votes. elections.
Ms Greene’s inflammatory rhetoric drew scolding from some members of her own party. But since she joined Congress, Republican House leaders have refused to condemn her. Before being elected, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Republican No. 3 in the House, disowned her comments as “offensive and bigoted,” and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Republican No. 2, went so far. ‘to support Mrs Greene. main opponent.
After Ms Greene arrived at Capitol Hill in November, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, claimed Ms Greene had distanced herself from QAnon.
“So the only thing I would ask you in the press – these are new members,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Give them a chance before claiming what you think you’ve done and what they’re going to do.”
A spokesperson for Mr McCarthy told Axios that Ms Greene’s new Facebook posts were “deeply disturbing” and that he planned to “have a conversation” with Ms Greene about them.