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ISLAMOPHOBIC INDIVIDUALS: Marjorie Taylor Greene

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene? 

Marjorie Taylor Greene (MTG) is an anti-Muslim, antisemitic, and far-right conspiracy theorist who serves as the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 14th congressional district.  

Anti-Muslim Activity  

MTG’s Islamophobia well predates her time in Congress. MTG suggested that Muslims do not belong in the U.S. government and has indulged in and promoted widely debunked conspiracy theories.  

A CNN KFile review of hundreds of posts and comments from Taylor’s Facebook revealed that she repeatedly expressed support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019. Taylor also has a track record of endorsing QAnon conspiracy theories and making antisemitic and Islamophobic statements.  

In a 2017 article she wrote for “American Truth Seekers,” Greene supported Trump’s calls for extreme vetting of immigrants, stating, “It is not wrong or hurtful to institute extreme vetting for people with Muslim origins that want to enter this country. Political correctness does nothing but hide the truth and the real issue.”  

In reference to the 2018 midterms, she stated that it was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government” and that “anyone that is a Muslim that believes in Sharia law does not belong in our government.”   

In recordings obtained by POLITICO, Greene described Islamic nations under Sharia law as places where men have sex with “little boys, little girls, multiple women” and “marry their sisters” and “their cousins.” 

Moreover, she said “I know a ton of white people that are as lazy and sorry and probably worse than black people,” she said. “And that has everything to do with their bad choices and their personal responsibility. That is not a skin-color issue.” 

In 2018, Greene also agreed with a Facebook commenter who claimed that 9/11 “was done by our gov[ernment]” and that “none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them.” She also stated that the Parkland school shooting was actually “a deep state warning to the pocket puppets in the house and senate” and that Sandy Hook was a “STAGGED [sic] SHOOTING.”   

In a 2018 Facebook comment captured by CNN, Greene responded “truth” to a comment comparing Obama to terrorist Osama bin Laden. The comment came in response to a post where Greene said the Obama presidency was “flooding our country and government with Muslims that don’t like our American ways!!!!!” 

Greene also directed anti-Muslim rhetoric at the American Muslim Women Political Action Committee in 2018. “Wtf is their mission??? To make sure every woman is dominated by Islam, is covered in sheets, loses our freedoms, and has to have our vaginas mutilated???,” she wrote in 2018 on Facebook. Greene then liked a comment that AMWPAC was an “invasion” of our government. In another instance, Greene liked a comment saying, “We don’t need gun control! We need Muslim control!” 

Moreover, a February 2019 video resurfaced on social media showing Greene attempting to force Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to retake their congressional oaths on the Bible. She stated, “We’re going to explain about how you can’t swear in on the Quran,” Greene said in the footage. “We’re going to have the Bible and ask them if they would swear in on the Bible … I think that’s important.” 

In another video, she stated, “If you want Islam and Sharia law you stay over there in the Middle East. You stay there and go to Mecca… you can have a bunch of wives or goats or sheep or whatever you want. You stay over there. But in America, you see, we made it this great, great country and we don’t want it messed up.” 

Another CNN KFile in February 2021 also showed Greene spread anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and rhetoric. In a video surfaced in February 2021, Greene falsely claimed that President Obama was a Muslim and that he “opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims.” 

In a deleted Facebook video captured by CNN, Greene said, “these are women that really would like to see Sharia in America” in reference to female Muslim members of Congress, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar.  

She further added, “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. Definitely want to go talk to them.” 

In another video saved by CNN’s KFile, Greene spoke about going into Representative Omar’s and Tlaib’s offices and saying all Muslims want to take away women’s rights. 

“Did you see the part where we went into Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s office?” Greene said. “I was like, so are you going to make me live under Sharia law? And I’m an American woman. Are you going to take away my equal rights?” 

“They would in a heartbeat,” responds another rally participant. 

“Yeah,” Greene responded. “They all, all, all Muslims. That’s the goal of Islam. The goal of Islam is Sharia, and they want to conquer. They want to conquer America and we’re not going to do it.” 

In February 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to censure and remove Greene from her committee assignments for her many extreme, bigoted, and threatening statements.

In March 2021, a newly revealed video showed Greene making a racist and Islamophobic remark targeting a Muslim woman. In the video, she shows a Muslim patron wearing an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, outside a local library and states, “I want to show you something. See that right there? Our library is full of that.” 

In May 2021, Greene posted anti-Muslim tweets about Representative Ilhan Omar referring to the ongoing Israeli bombardment in Gaza. In response to a tweet from Rep. Omar stating, “Palestinian lives matter. Pass it On,” Rep. Greene replied, “Jewish lives matter. So tell your terrorist buddies in Hamas to stop bombing them. #JihadSquad.”     

In August 2021, Greene tweeted, “Islam is not a religion of peace.”  

In November 2021, Greene appeared on Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ show and made a series of false or exaggerated claims about Ms. Omar that linked her to terrorists. In reference to Rep.Omar, she stated, “She hates Israel. She’s pro-Hamas. She’s pro-Al-Qaeda. She’s basically an apologist for Islamic terrorists.” 

She further stated, “There is no need to apologise to that woman because she will never stop. She’s bloodthirsty, she wants Republicans completely taken out, she wants Republicans jailed…This is one of the worst members of Congress. She’s a disgrace to our nation.” 

In the same month, Greene said people should “never apologize to Islamic terrorist sympathizers, communists, or those who fund murder with our tax dollars,” in an attack on Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. The tweet came after Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized for telling a story implying Rep. Ilhan Omar was a terrorist.

In February 2022, Greene attended the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), a white nationalist conference in Orlando, Florida organized by white nationalist leader Nick Fuentes. In 2017, Fuentes attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Video footage of the conference showed Fuentes and attendees cheering for Vladimir Putin and approving comparisons between Putin and Adolf Hitler. Fuentes had also called the January 6th insurrection “awesome.”

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