Twelve months ago, most people may not have heard of Marjorie Taylor Greene, but in a short about of time she has become possibly the most controversial Republican in the United States since the former president Donald Trump.
Greene was elected as the House Representative for Georgia's 14th congressional district in the November 2020 US election. She ran on a message of 'Save America, Stop Socialism' but saw some of her ad campaigns removed from Facebook months before the election. According to CNN, one of the adverts that was pulled depicted Greene holding a gun next to the head of socialist members of the Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In many ways, Greene ticks all the boxes of a typical US conservative: she opposes abortion, is pro-guns and is fiercely loyal to Donald Trump, even supporting his baseless voter fraud claims. She even made an appearance at the last rally Trump ever held as president where she was invited up on stage to speak ahead of the Georgia run-off elections at the start of January, two races that Republicans lost, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats.
In the small number of weeks that she has been a member of congress (which has included a 12-hour ban from Twitter) Greene has already managed to raise many eyebrows, especially on Thursday 21 January, when she filed papers of impeachment against Joe Biden, who had been president for less than a day. She cited his apparent 'quid pro quo' with Ukraine and the nepotism involving his son, Hunter Biden – both dubious claims that even some Republicans have dismissed.
Whether her claims of impeachment are serious or not its certainly generated a lot of headlines and interest in Greene's views and let's just say it doesn't make for pleasant reading.
Here’s a run-down of some of the most bizarre:
Denying that Trump supporters and white supremacists were involved in the Capitol riots
The recent shocking scenes made global headlines when Trump supporters and members of far-right fringe movements attacked the US Capitol building in an attempted coup to stop the certification of Biden as president.
Five people died during the siege which was evidently carried out by supporters of the 45th president, who had just spoken to the moments ago outside the White House and encouraged them to go and make their presence felt outside the Capitol building.
Greene, as well as basically condoning the violence, attempted to deny that any Trump supporters were involved. She disputed the timeline of the events as they "could not have listened to President Trump’s speech at the WH and then been ‘incited’ by him to walk to and attack the Capitol."
On the same subject, she attempted to call out NARAL Pro-Choice America who had branded the rioters as "anti-choice extremists, white supremacists, and violent misogynists." Greene disputed this by arguing that "they were all white so I'm not sure where your white supremacy bs is coming from."
In 2017, she had also attempted to defend the white supremacists involved in the violent scenes in Charlottesville that left one person dead. On a website called American Truth Seekers, Greene claimed that the disturbances were an "inside job" to "further the agenda of the elites" and speculated that Barack Obama had coordinated the incident. She also defended James Alex Fields Jr, the man who was jailed for life after ramming his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters.
Greene wrote: "Whether this is true or not, it is beyond tragic that James Alex Fields Jr rammed his car into the crowd killing one and injuring 19 others. If it was intentional and premeditated, then he deserves to be held accountable. Yet if his reaction was out of fear and hitting the crowd was actually an accident, then that changes the narrative of what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend"
Referring to Black Lives Matter as ‘terrorists’
Sticking with the storming of the Capitol building, Greene attempted to flip the situation on its head by blaming the Black Lives Matter movement.
She pointed the finger at leading Democrats, celebrities and institutions who had helped support and fund the racial equality movement and even went as far as to call them terrorists and linked the violence and looting that rocked the US last summer to the activists.
Her claim that Democrats failed to condemn the violence was also incorrect as the likes of Biden and Nancy Pelosi had spoken out against the looting while also condemning police brutality.
Has called Covid restrictions “oppressive”
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Greene is sceptical of the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as opposing mandatory mask-wearing requirements (despite wearing a mask in Congress), she has also voiced her opposition to a compulsory vaccine and lockdowns, which have helped ease the impact of the illness.
She has likened these restrictions to "Democrat tyrannical control" and has even lashed out at Dr Anthony Fauci on Twitter calling his response to the outbreak as "oppressive."
Fauci called her outburst "very disturbing", adding: "This is the worst outbreak that we've had of a respiratory-borne illness that we've had in 102 years. You can't run away from the data. It's incomprehensible to me how people are not seeing that."
Followed the QAnon conspiracy theory
Greene has been one of the most prominent and public followers of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory which claims that there was a deep state plot to undermine Donald Trump's presidency led by a cabal of Satanic paedophiles.
The community that followed this theory was fed information on various platforms and forums by a mysterious figure named Q who has been fairly quiet since Trump lost the election. Many of those who stormed the Capitol building were wearing Q merchandise.
Q began appearing online in late 2017 and just a month after Q's first post, Greene was a fully-fledged believer, calling the anonymous figure a 'patriot' and that he is the 'real deal.'
In that video, Greene shows she was duped by Q’s cryptic posts and cold reading tricks. “Q drops” are reinterpreted… https://t.co/Gfszp1Ait3
She has since attempted to distance herself from the conspiracy.
Speaking to Fox News in August 2020, Greene said, “No, I don't [consider myself a QAnon candidate]. I think that's been the media's characterisation of me. Never once during my campaign did I ever speak about QAnon or Q. My campaign message the entire time was 'Save America, stop socialism,' and that's the message I believe in. I believe very much in America-first policies, and I'm a big supporter and defender of President Trump.”
Linked Hillary Clinton to the ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy
As well as QAnon, Greene has previously shown support for the 'Pizzagate' conspiracy that alleges that some Democratic Party leaders were running a human-trafficking and paedophilia ring that was being run from the non-existent basement of a pizza restaurant in Washington DC. There is absolutely nothing to support this claim, which has been debunked since it emerged during the 2016 election campaign.
In 2017, Greene linked Hillary Clinton to Pizzagate and also claimed that she had ordered several assassinations of political opponents, including a DNC staffer called Seth Rich.
Greene wrote on American Truth Seekers: "Shockingly, the website tells about information that was only whispered about and called conspiracy theories by all main stream [sic] news media. Yet when you go to the website, it tells as if Seth Rich is speaking from the dead saying all the horrible things are true. That Hillary rigged the election against Bernie Sanders. That John Podesta had him murdered. That John Podesta is a pedophile and pizza gate [sic] is real."
Greene has a history of showing outward bigotry towards Muslims. She has falsely accused Barack Obama of being Muslim and has shared videos on Facebook claiming that 'Muslims do not belong in government.' After the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in the 2018 Midterms, she said it was "an Islamic invasion of our government."
Her most alarming piece of Islamophobia came in August 2020 when she attempted to get both Omar and Tlaib to swear an oath on the Bible, claiming that their positions as Congresswomen were illegitimate as they had been sworn in on a copy of the Quran.
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Capitol in 2019 and falsely claimed that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are… https://t.co/dbGFK6udFd
As reported by Media Matters in August 2020, Greene spoke at an event called the American Priority Conference in 2018 as part of a panel on QAnon. During this panel, she expressed doubt on one of the attacks that happened on 11 September 2001.
Although she didn't doubt the attacks in New York and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, she did appear doubtful that the plane was crashed into the Pentagon, claiming there was no footage or photographs, which is incorrect.
She said: "We had witnessed 9/11, the terrorist attack in New York and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon. But anyways, I won't – I'm not going to dive into the 9/11 conspiracy. But 9/11 had happened. Our country was very much into a war. We had invaded Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that we never found at that time. We were basically destabilising the Middle East."
Has supported baseless “false flag” claims about shooting survivors
Greene has a long history of supporting conspiracies that claim that mass shooting events in the US and around the world have been constructed in order to attack citizens’ rights to bear arms.
Some of the incidents that she has reportedly used to highlight this claim include the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and the 2019 Christchurch mosque shooting.
She has also claimed that school shootings at both Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were planned 'false flag' events. She has also said that "Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.”
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene believes that the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which resulted in the… https://t.co/wGiHdrxHAt