WASHINGTON | A pro-Trump elected US Congresswoman was under fire Thursday with indignant appeals for her departure over past statements against a victim of the Parkland school killing, with comments appearing to call for the execution of Democrats and his conspiracy theories.
“The media only report lies, slanders and attacks in order to create the image they want to give to the world,” reacted the person, Marjorie Taylor Greene, on Twitter Thursday.
At 46, she has been in the House of Representatives since January 3, when she arrived wearing a mask claiming, contrary to official results, that Donald Trump had “won” the presidential election against Joe Biden.
During her campaign, she claimed to be part of the pro-Trump QAnon movement, an extreme right-wing movement defending the idea that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a global sect made up of satanist pedophiles.
She had won her seat with an overwhelming majority (75%) in an ultra-conservative Georgia stronghold.
This week’s announcement that she would sit on the House Education Committee sparked outrage, even as old videos and comments resurfaced.
“He’s a coward,” we can hear her say on a video from 2019, where she is seen following for several minutes David Hogg, 20, a survivor of the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people in 2018. He now campaigns for the limitation of small arms.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, who at the time had not yet been elected, had also written that several shootings in schools, like this one had been staged, in order to toughen the regulation of firearms.
And on Facebook, the Republican had “liked” a comment claiming that a “bullet in the head” of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, would be the fastest way to get her out of office, according to CNN.
“What worries me is that the Republican leaders of the House are ready to (…) ignore these statements”, indignant Thursday Nancy Pelosi. “Appoint her to the Commission on Education, when she made fun of the killings of small children (…) but what were they thinking?”
An elected Democrat, Jimmy Gomez, explained Thursday that he would present a resolution so that she be expelled from Congress because she represented a “danger”. A still improbable hypothesis.
Lower House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy plans to speak with her, according to CNN, but has not commented publicly.