U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, known for her anti-LGBTQ+ comments and embrace of conspiracy theories, claimed this week that some of her fellow Republicans and the entire Democratic Party support pedophiles.
She tweeted Monday that GOP U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah are “pro-pedophile” because they’re voting to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The three senators voted Monday to advance Jackson’s nomination to the full Senate and said they would support her in a final vote on her confirmation. She is President Joe Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee and would be the first Black woman on the court.
During Jackson’s confirmation hearings, some Republicans accused Jackson of giving too-light sentences to people who possessed child pornography. It “was a running theme throughout her confirmation hearings despite repeated analyses showing that Jackson’s rulings were within the mainstream of her fellow judges,” Yahoo! News notes.
Greene followed that by smearing the whole Democratic Party in an appearance Tuesday on Dr. Gina PrimeTime, a show on the far-right outlet Real America’s Voice. “The Democrats are the party of pedophiles,” she told host Gina Loudon. “The Democrats are the party of princess predators from Disney. The Democrats are the party of teachers, elementary school teachers, trying to transition their elementary school-age children, convince them they’re a different gender.” The Democrats’ identity “is the most disgusting, horrible, evil thing happening in our country,” she added.
Her remarks tie into Florida’s new “don’t say gay” law restricting LGBTQ+ content in schools. The Walt Disney Co., a major Florida employer, had criticized the legislation before it passed, but LGBTQ+ employees and others said its response was belated and weak. However, Greene owns stock in Disney, according to congressional financial reports viewed by Business Insider. And she is an ally of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who has been accused of having sex with a minor although not formally charged. Both he and Greene say the allegation is baseless.
Also Tuesday, Greene posted another tweet with her “pro-pedophile” accusation and an anti-transgender comment.
Of Greene’s tweet about the Republican senators, Collins told Insider, “Frankly, this is what we’ve come to expect from her. So it doesn’t trouble me. It’s obviously ludicrous and typical.”
Greene’s comments echo a conspiracy theory from anonymous internet user QAnon that Democrats and other high-ranking government officials are members of a pedophilia ring. She has promoted some QAnon theories but has tried to distance herself from them since being elected to Congress in 2020.
She could be disciplined by House leaders. She lost her committee assignments last year because of her embrace of conspiracy rhetoric and threats to other politicians, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will reinstate her to the committees if Republicans win a House majority in November. He recently declined to discipline her for speaking at a white nationalist event.