Marjorie Taylor Greene's dehumanizing assault on Rep. Marie Newman's transgender daughter acknowledged
A venomous concoction of bigotry and trolling, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) latest stunt has shown how low she is ready to sink for attention.
On Wednesday, Greene, perhaps best known for her acceptance of QAnon conspiracy theories in the years leading up to winning an unhindered Congressional race last November, tweeted a video of herself in front of Rep. Marie Newman's (D – IL) whose daughter is transgender.
"Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called 'equality law' to destroy women's rights and religious freedom. I thought we'd put ours up so she could look at them every time she opened her door," says a tweet from Greene's Congress report over a video in which she posted a sign on a door outside Newman's office that read, "There are TWO genders: male & female. Trust science!"
Greene's tweet came in retaliation for Newman posting a video showing the transgender flag outside Greene's office. Here's the back and forth:
Greene's attack on Newman and her family was quickly condemned by both parties. Republican MP Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) responded with a tweet: "This is sad and I'm sorry this happened. Rep. Newmans' daughter is transgender and this video and tweet represent that of Hate and fame-led self-promotion politics at any cost. This rubbish has to end at #RestoreOurGOP. ”MP Ted Lieu (D-CA) noted that Greene's transphobia contradicts the scientific knowledge that sex is not binary, and asked, "Why do you want to discriminate against Americans who happen to be transgender?"
Greene's tweet wasn't her only attack on Newman on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Greene responded to a video in which Newman tweeted about himself and spoke on the floor of the house on behalf of the Equality Act (“I am voting to pass the Equality Act for my daughter – the strongest, bravest person I know "She said wrote) with a tweet from her personal account mistreating Newman's daughter, saying that she" does NOT belong in my daughters' bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams. "
Newman seems what it's worth not to be shaken by Greene's antics. During a CNN interview Wednesday, Newman said she was "incredibly proud of her daughter, and that's all everyone asks – to be treated like everyone else." And that's what Rep. Greene wants to see. "
Greene's gross opposition to the equality law
The background to Greene's attacks on Newman is the equality law, which was reintroduced in the house on Wednesday. The legislation that President Joe Biden has promised to sign would change existing civil rights laws to include all LGBTQ people and repeal laws like the one on the books of the 27 states that allow transgender people to be denied accommodation based on their identity put .
It is almost certain that the law will be passed in the democratically controlled house, as it was in 2019. But it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed – which means 10 Republicans would have to join all 50 Democrats to vote for it. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), who is known to work with Democrats on social issues, has already announced that he will vote against the Equal Opportunities Act because of insufficient “protection of religious freedom”.
Greene's opposition is much grosser – they simply deny that there are trans people. But that rudeness is a mark for a member of Congress that shows perhaps better than anyone how a faction of the modern Republican Party has turned into social media trolling that endangers marginalized people, opens them up to harassment and possible violence attacks .
Greene lost her committee duties earlier this month after a series of messages surfaced over social media posts from 2018 and 2019 advocating political violence against Democrats, including filmed harassing a survivor of the school shooting has been. She responded with a press conference in which she said that she was "sorry for saying all the things that are wrong and offensive". But even then, it seemed that the apology did not come from a place of sincerity, as it did at a press event where she used white nationalist dog whistles and beaten reporters to answer her direct questions about her previous social media activities put.
Freed from community tasks, Greene has dealt with trolling and chaos. On Wednesday and Thursday, for example, she made random motions to adjourn Congress, forcing members to appear on the floor to vote and tie things together for about an hour.
On Thursday she did this while wearing a mask that read, "THIS MASK IS AS USELESS as JOE BIDEN."
On the floor of the house, Marjorie Taylor Greene claims she was a "victim" of the January 6 riot she encouraged, adding, "The Equality Act is not about stopping discrimination. It is about discriminating against women and to cause religious freedom. " pic.twitter.com/6h7rCrpPxa
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2021
This may seem like a harmless possession of the libraries, but it is not. MP Lieu tweeted that "the downside, of course, is that it is a waste of time and tax money for us to vote on stupid, nonsensical proposals." Worse still, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tweeted that Greene's move to adjourn Wednesday forced him to disrupt a classified briefing he was conducting.
"Members had to leave to vote and missed information that can only be shared at this briefing," he tweeted. "These tantrums have consequences."
Greene has Trump's blessing – and that means a lot
While it is tempting to dismiss Greene and her attention-grabbing demeanor as a fringe, the reality is that she represents an important faction in the Republican Party.
Late last month, when she was under fire for the resurfaced social media posts, Greene bragged about a phone call she received from former President Donald Trump and tweeted, "I'm so grateful for his support."
I had a great call with my favorite POTUS of all time, President Trump!
I am so grateful for his support and most of all, the people of this country are 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First.
– Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) January 30, 2021
Trump's endorsement of Greene is important because it's much more difficult politically for Republicans in the House to distance themselves from her.
With the rare exception of Republicans like Kinzinger, prominent Republicans – like House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) – have stuck to Greene and defended them with whataboutism, false equivalences, and unfounded insinuations on social media posts addressing conspiracy theories and violence may have been manipulated. Meanwhile, Greene has continued to speak out in favor of Trump, saying things like, “The party is his. It doesn't belong to anyone else. "