Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is a right-wing extremist who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, serving Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. She ran for her second term in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in her solidly Republican district.
Greene is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and prior to the midterms was already planning how to wield her increased power—once Republicans regained the majority in Congress. “I think that to be the best speaker of the House and to please the base, [Kevin McCarthy] is going to give me a lot of power and a lot of leeway,” she told the New York Times in October 2022. “And if he doesn’t, they’re going to be very unhappy about it. I think that’s the best way to read that. And that’s not in any way a threat at all. I just think that’s reality.”
Before joining Congress, Greene publicly supported multiple conspiracy theories, including QAnon and the shocking lies that neither the Sandy Hook nor the Parkland school shootings actually happened, despite the very tangible evidence of dead children and grieving parents. Greene has ties to hate groups and extremist organizations, and has repeatedly invoked Islamophobic rhetoric and antisemitic conspiracy theories while in office—and before. On Feb. 4, 2021, the House of Representatives removed Greene from her committee assignments for her past endorsement of conspiracy theories and ongoing incendiary comments against prominent Democrats.
Both before and after the 2020 presidential election, Greene has gone all out to spread the Big Lie by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the process and making endless claims of fraud unfounded by facts. She objected to certifying President Biden’s Electoral College win and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Greene paid $25,500 to Parler, the right-wing alternative to Twitter, for fundraising ads that appeared on Jan. 4, 5, and 6, 2021.
- Greene and fellow incoming Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) co-signed the National Park Service permit for an event called the “Wild Protest,” one of the rallies that preceded the riot at the Capitol.
- Before the riot, Greene referred to the day as a “1776 moment” for Republicans, alluding to the year during the American Revolution when patriots signed the Declaration of Independence.
- An associate of Greene’s, right-wing livestreamer Anthony Aguero, breached the Capitol, saying in a since-deleted video recorded after the riot that “a message was sent.”
- On Jan. 6, Greene raised an objection to certify the electoral votes from Michigan, but, lacking a co-signer in the Senate, failed to take the motion to a vote. Instead, just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, she joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- In February 2021, Greene denied that most of the people who attacked the Capitol and interrupted the congressional certification process were Trump supporters, tweeting: “If the #Jan6 organizers were Trump supporters, then why did they attack us while we were objecting to electoral college votes for Joe Biden?”
- On May 19, 2021, Greene voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol.
- In an Aug. 31, 2021 appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Greene made the threat that every telecom company cooperating with the House Select Committee investigation “will be shut down, and that’s a promise” once the GOP regains a majority in Congress after the midterm elections.
- According to an Oct. 24, 2021 report in Rolling Stone, organizers involved in planning the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 said they had coordinated efforts with Greene and other members of Congress.
- On Oct. 26, 2021, Greene defended the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, saying on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast that it was justified because “our Declaration of Independence says… to overthrow tyrants.”
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 4, 2020, Greene tweeted, “We aren’t going to let Democrats STEAL this election.” In the weeks that followed, she became an outspoken proponent of the #StoptheSteal campaign, which culminated in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
- According to Politifact, Greene actively promoted the lie that the election had been stolen, tweeting the word “fraud” 26 times in the two months following the election.
- Greene has made the Big Lie central to her political persona. For example, during the pandemic she wore a mask emblazoned with the words “Trump won” on the House floor after she was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2021.
- On Jan. 17, 2021, Greene’s Twitter account was temporarily locked after she tweeted that the Nov. 3 election in Georgia had been “stolen.”
- In the months following the election, Greene doubled down on the lie at rallies and online. At a Florida rally in May 2021, she lied again, insisting that Trump had won in Georgia and pointing to large pro-Trump boat rallies in the state as proof.
- Greene called for an election audit in Georgia, repeating the false claim that the election had been stolen there.
- Online and at rallies, Greene applauded the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
- Greene has propagated the lie that thousands of constituents in Arizona voted multiple times, falsely equating “ballot duplicates” with people voting multiple times. (“Ballot duplication” is actually a legitimate process for replacing damaged ballots while “[preserving] the voter’s intent,” according to the Overseas Voting Initiative.)