Footage has resurfaced of a Republican primary winner attempting to get two Muslim congresswomen to swear an oath on the Bible as they were sworn into office on a Quran.
Earlier this month Marjorie Taylor Greene, who believes in the QAnon conspiracy theory, won the race to become the Republican candidate for Georgia's 14th congressional district a heavily conservative area that has been held by Republicans since 2013. Should she win the election in November she will become the first public supporter of the notorious conspiracy which claims that there is a deep state plot to sabotage Donald Trump's presidency.
Greene, who is also a right-wing commentator in the United States has spread Islamophobia on social media. One particular incident, dating back to February 2019 saw her attempt to pay a visit to Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in Washington where she planned to interrogate them into swearing an oath to the United States on the Bible. Greene's grudge with the pair.
In the video, which has resurfaced on social media, she claims that their position as congresswomen is 'illegitimate' as they swore an oath on the Quran which she claims isn't allowed in Congress. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to have been voted in as representatives.
In here hour-and-a-half-long video which was live-streamed on Facebook, she said:
I truly feel like as a woman in America, I really need to go talk to these ladies. Yeah, because they support -- you know what? They support Sharia. And these are -- these are women that really would like to see Sharia in America, and as an American woman, as a business owner, as a mother -- I have two daughters -- I never want to see Sharia in America. And so I really want to go talk to these ladies and ask them what they are thinking and why they're serving in our American government. They really should go back to the Middle East if they support Sharia. So let's go talk to them. I definitely want to go talk to them.
According to Media Matters, Greene was unsuccessful in her attempts to meet both Omar and Tlaib but did say that she felt threatened by Omar while standing in her office.
I feel very threatened by this representative and other representatives that really embrace Sharia and embrace Islam. And I feel that's a threat to my freedoms in the future in America and for my daughters and granddaughters. Is Illan Omar -- is she interested in changing any freedom for women or pushing us down in level of equality, because that's what happens in Muslim nations.
She also said that she was concerned about Tlaib's support for Sharia Law while standing in her office.
I'm concerned about is her support for Sharia and her support for Islam. Is that going to ever affect my freedoms as a woman, because Islamic countries and Muslim countries, women aren’t treated the same. They're not treated equally as women are here in America.
According to Politico, Greene has also spread anti-semitic conspiracy theories on social media about holocaust survivor George Soros claiming that he had collaborated with Nazis and was a member of a secret organisation that controlled the world's governments.