Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s return to committee assignments has been exactly what everyone imagined it would be: a burst septic tank of lies, misinformation, disinformation, and offensiveness. One of the many reasons Greene was so easily dismissed from her committee positions in the previous Congress is that most of the time she’s incomprehensible.
On Tuesday, Rep. Greene was back in front of a microphone at a House Committee hearing spewing so much malodorous bile that she clearly wore a floral-patterned shirt in the hopes of covering up the stench. In one clip, Ms. Greene puts together a very sour word salad that somehow blames COVID, school shutdowns, and social media for the existence of trans kids.
It’s hard to express how understated that last sentence actually is.
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The clip begins as Rep. Greene is clearly in the middle of one of her offensive fact-free rambles, saying, “But another thing I’d like to point out that we haven’t really talked about here,” before launching into what can only be described as transphobic dross. This is verbatim, though I’ve added punctuation since Ms. Greene speaks entirely in one long run-on sentence any time her mouth is open:
“Is the gigantic impact on mental health of our kids while they were forced to stay home. Many of them alone. Sitting in front of a screen for most of their waking hours, because they were trying to educate themself with online learning, which was a failure for many, but they were also spending their time on TikTok and Instagram—which are two poison pills for our children’s minds. And since, since this time, these school closures, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in trans-identifying children, which is something that was not normal or common many years before this and I think that’s completely devastating. But I’d also like to...”
Graciously the clip ends here. What lies and which group of people Greene will pivot to attack in her next run-on sentence remains to be seen. She has already spent time attacking Mexicans and Canadians today.
I guess this is sort of like the transphobic version of former Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe’s snowball in Congress to disprove climate change. As someone pointed out, it is very hard to follow who and what we are supposed to be angry at.
And there is the issue of one’s priorities.
And finally, on the topic of identification.
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