Marjorie Taylor Greene rants against ‘weak and moderate’ Republican colleagues and their failure to stop ‘Dictator Joe Biden’

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., during a news conference held by the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene unleashed a broadside against “weak and moderate” Republicans in a 38-part Twitter thread.
  • The Georgia lawmaker said that her GOP colleagues are “doing nothing” to stop President Joe Biden.
  • Greene also said that she has “no confidence” in the current Republican leadership.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized her fellow GOP members of Congress, who she called “weak and moderate,” in a lengthy Twitter rant on Friday afternoon, Newsweek first reported.

In a 38-part Twitter thread addressed to her “colleagues,” the controversial Georgia lawmaker vowed to be “more direct than usual” in her condemnation of other Republicans.

“Since Dictator Joe Biden started phase 1 of the Dems’ Communist takeover of America yesterday & I don’t have a GOP Conference call on my calendar or an email in my inbox from leadership to stop this insanity,” she wrote. This is seemingly a reference to President Joe Biden’s Thursday announcement on federal vaccine requirements.

In the Twitter thread, she went on to accuse Republicans in Congress of failing to ‘”deliver key issues that were of utmost importance” to GOP voters, citing repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned parenthood, and funding a border wall as examples of broken promises.

“I give speeches to hundreds to thousands of Republican voters every single week at home and all across the country,” Greene said in a later tweet. “Our voters are fed up with Republicans in Congress doing nothing to stop Dictator Joe Biden and the outright destruction to our country.”

She later took a jab at “experienced” Republicans. “You all should hear what your wealthiest most successful donors are saying about you all and your lack of real action while Democrats burn our country to the ground with a dementia patient at the wheel,” she wrote.

Greene then urged Republicans to get their “asses in gear” if the party has a chance of winning elections in 2022 or 2024 before calling on her colleagues to impeach Biden.

The freshman congresswoman first introduced articles of impeachment against Biden one day after he was inaugurated.

Referring to Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and kick Greene off committees, she described them as “Democrats in disguise” and, later, as “weak and moderate Republicans.”

She added that she had “no confidence” in the current Republican leadership. “I’m going to continue my promise to put The People over the politicians and fight like hell to Save America,” she concluded.

A day after the Republicans voted to banish Greene from her congressional committees in February 2021, The New York Times reported that she said that the punishment had “freed” her to hold the GOP “accountable” and to push the party further to the right.

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Republicans want telecom companies to preserve phone records of Kamala Harris, Pelosi, AOC, and other Democrats after January 6 committee requested theirs

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is asking social media and telecommunications companies to preserve phone or computer records for hundreds of people who were potentially involved with planning to “challenge, delay or interfere” with the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

  • The January 6 select committee announced two weeks ago it will seek electronic records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., claimed any company that hands over records to the committee will be “shut down.”
  • Several companies received letters from House Republicans asking to preserve Democrats’ records, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
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Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and several House Republicans sent letters on Tuesday to 14 telecommunications companies asking them to preserve the phone records and data of 16 Democrats so that “future Congresses can investigate alleged infractions,” Fox Business reported.

The letters were sent two weeks after the January 6 select committee announced it will seek electronic communication records from “several hundred people,” including members of Congress, for its investigation into the Capitol riot.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene decried the move on the August 31 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” threatening any company that handed over records to the committee would be “shut down.”

Republican representatives echoed this sentiment in their subsequent letters, one of which was written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and tweeted by Rep. Paul Gosar: “The US Constitution and the US Supreme Court precedent prevents committees from obtaining these records and prohibits you from providing them. Simply put, neither the committee nor you have the legal authority to provide those records.”

Legal experts told The Washington Post that there isn’t a specific law stopping these companies from handing over information to the committee.

Several other companies also received letters, including Amazon, AOL, Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Inc., T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Signal, and Telegram.

If the companies decide to turn over records to the January 6 select committee, the letters asked that they also preserve the records of several Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, Fox Business reported.

Republican Reps. Jody Hice, Matt Gaetz, Scott Perry, Louie Gohmert, and Madison Cawthorn joined Biggs, Greene, and Gosar in signing the letter to Dorsey.

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Matt Gaetz says Trump signed off on Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign against Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, and other ‘half-Trumpers’

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., left, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., return to the House after walking to the Senate chamber with other conservatives, to express their opposition to new mask guidance, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., left, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., are two of the most controversial House Republicans.

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz says Trump endorsed his speaking tour with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Gaetz told Vanity Fair that he and Greene were acting as an “advance team” for Trump.
  • At their events, the far-right lawmakers promote lies about the 2020 election and attack Trump’s critics.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz said he and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene have both spoken with President Donald Trump about their joint national speaking tour that will attack “half-Trumpers or Never Trumpers” and spread lies about the 2020 election.

The Florida congressman, who’s under federal investigation for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, framed his series of rallies with Greene, a fellow MAGA enthusiast from Georgia who regularly condemns the COVID-19 vaccines, as a way to help clear the 2024 presidential field for Trump.

“Our thinking is we’re kind of the advance team for Trump if any of these, you know, Chris Christie, Nikki Haley kind of like half-Trumpers or Never Trumpers try to run,” Gaetz told Vanity Fair. “I’ve talked to the president about it. Marjorie has talked to the president about it. And he likes the idea of having the energetic characters in our party out there in the early-primary states keeping the band in tune, if you will.”

Greene opened the event at the Villages by asking the attendees to shout out the name of “their president,” prompting them to yell, “Donald Trump!”

“If Adam Kinzinger wants to be the frontman for the establishment to bring our party back to the days of Mitt Romney and John Kasich, you know what, I’m not going back,” Gaetz told the crowd at The Villages. “This is Donald Trump’s party and I’m a Donald Trump Republican.”

Greene and Gaetz began their multi-month tour of the country in May at The Villages, a conservative retirement community in Florida, a recently held an “America First” rally in Des Moines. Since then, the pair have traveled the country in an expensive effort to whip up the GOP base and attack any Republicans not fully aligned with Trump.

The two far-right members of Congress are using the tour to spread the lie that Trump won the 2020 election because it was “stolen” from him through voter fraud. Greene, who repeatedly promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory as a candidate, and Gaetz are among the most controversial members of the House GOP and are also particularly adept at raking in campaign cash from the party’s pro-Trump base.

But the tour hasn’t attracted the big bucks. As of late July, the pair spent about $287,000 on their events and raised just over $59,000 from the attendees, the Daily Beast reported.

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Donald Trump heaps praise on ‘incredible’ Marjorie Taylor Greene at Alabama rally and calls her one of his ‘favorite people’

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Former President Donald Trump described Marjorie Taylor Greene as an “incredible woman.”

  • During a “Save America” rally in Alabama, Donald Trump repeatedly praised Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • The former president referred to Greene as an “incredible” woman and one of his “favorite” people.
  • The controversial lawmaker had her committee roles stripped in February 2021 for making violent comments about Democrats.
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During a “Save America” rally in Cullman, Alabama, former President Donald Trump heaped praise on controversial Georgia lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Trump called Greene one of his “favorite people” while speaking at the “potential superspreader” event on Saturday night, eliciting cheers from his crowd of supporters.

In a video shared by Vox reporter Aaron Rupar, the former president can also be heard describing the so-called QAnon Congresswoman as “so smart,” “brilliant,” and an “incredible” woman.

“She’s a brilliant woman, she’s doesn’t get credit for it,” he said. “But we all know about that stuff.”

Trump also referred to Greene, a supporter of the former president’s efforts to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, as a “warrior.”

“Everything I said about Georgia is true,” he continued.

Trump repeatedly claimed victory in Georgia following the 2020 presidential election, a false statement that belies President Joe Biden’s nearly 13,000-vote win there. He also tried to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the results, Insider previously reported.

Greene, a fiercely loyal ally to the former president, also promoted baseless conspiracy of voter fraud in her home state and called for the results of the presidential election in Georgia to be decertified.

The House of Representatives voted to remove Greene from all committee roles in February 2021 in response to violent and incendiary remarks made about prominent Democrats.

She has promoted numerous far-right conspiracy theories and controversial viewpoints, including QAnon, Pizzagate, and comparing COVID-19 safety protocols to the persecution of Jews under the Nazis.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account has been suspended for a week for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., holds a news conference to apologize for her recent remarks equating mask mandates with the Holocaust in Washington on Monday, June 14, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter for a week.
  • The Republican lawmaker tweeted that the COVID-19 vaccines are “failing.”
  • Twitter labeled the tweet as misleading.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account has been suspended for a week after she tweeted misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The temporary ban came after the Georgia Republican wrote on Twitter on Monday evening that the vaccines are “failing.”

“The FDA should not approve the covid vaccines. There are too many reports of infection & spread of #COVID19 among vaccinated people,” Greene tweeted. “These vaccines are failing & do not reduce the spread of the virus & neither do masks. Vaccine mandates & passports violate individual freedoms.”

Coronavirus cases have surged in the US as the highly contagious Delta variant sweeps the country. Unvaccinated people make up the vast majority of new serious infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fully vaccinated people can still get COVID-19, as no vaccine is 100% effective, per the CDC. But according to the evidence, the vaccine is incredibly successful at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Twitter has flagged Greene’s tweet, which cannot be replied to, shared or liked, as “misleading.”

The tweet “was labeled in line with our COVID-19 misleading information policy. The account will be in read-only mode for a week due to repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said, per CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan.

This is not the first time Greene has been temporarily booted from the social media platform over spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, she was kicked off Twitter for 12 hours after claiming that the virus is not dangerous to young people, which public health experts have refuted.

In March, Twitter suspended Greene’s account for 12 hours as she faced a challenge from House Democrats to expel her from Congress over her history of racist and incendiary comments. A Twitter spokesperson said at the time that the temporary ban was made “in error.”

“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” Twitter said in a statement. “In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error. This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”

Greene, at the time, accused the platform of silencing her voice and siding with Democrats.

The freshman lawmaker also got barred from Twitter for 12 hours on January 17 over violations of its civic integrity policy. The lock came after Greene posted tweets falsely claiming the 2020 presidential election was stolen and called on supporters of former President Donald Trump to “mobilize.” The election was fair and accurate, according to federal and state election officials.

Conspiracy theories and false claims about the pandemic and COVID-19 have circulated heavily on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The companies have pledged to crack down on the misinformation.

A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene encouraged Alabama residents to greet vaccination promoters with guns

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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene told a crowd in Alabama to greet officials asking about vaccine status with guns.
  • Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
  • Greene also lashed out against Dr. Fauci, who she accused of funding COVID-19.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene encouraged Alabama residents to use their guns to scare off officials if they came to their homes to ask about their vaccine status.

The Georgia politician made the comments while speaking to a crowd in Alabama.

“You lucky people here in Alabama might get a knock on your door because I hear Alabama might be one of the most unvaccinated states in the nation,” she said.

She warned them that Joe Biden would send his “police state friends” to their homes to enquire about their vaccine status.

“He’s going to be sending one of his police-state friends to your front door, to knock on the door, take down your name, your address, your family members’ names, your phone numbers, your cellphone numbers, probably ask for your social security number, and whether you’ve taken the vaccine or not.”

“What they don’t know is that in the South, we love our Second Amendment rights and we’re not real big on strangers showing up on our front door, are we?” she said, to raucous cheers from the crowd.

“They might not like the welcome they get.”

Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and is one of just two states with less than 35% of the population fully vaccinated.

The state has recently seen a sharp rise in cases, and on Friday State Health Officer Scott Harris said that nearly all COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in Alabama were among the unvaccinated.

Since the pandemic began, only 26 of the 11,600 people in Alabama who have died of COVID-19 were fully vaccinated, Harris said, and most of the nearly 2,000 COVID-19 patients currently in state hospitals are also unvaccinated.

Greene has previously come under fire for making controversial comments about COVID-19, including comparing vaccine passports and mask mandates to the Holocaust.

Greene then criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, who she said was a president that “no one elected.”.

She accused Dr. Fauci of orchestrating COVID-19 by funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

“Dr. Tony Fauci funded, with your tax dollars, he funded it in the Wuhan lab, didn’t he? He funded COVID-19,” she said.

In May, Dr. Fauci said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

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Oklahoma GOP leader got rebuked for doubling down on his comparison of vaccine mandates to gold stars worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust

In this Friday, April 12, 2013 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett, R-Salisaw, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City.
In this Friday, April 12, 2013 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett, R-Salisaw, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City.

  • An Oklahoma GOP leader got rebuked for comparing vaccine mandates to Nazi-mandated yellow stars.
  • Despite the backlash, Oklahoma Republican Party chairman John Bennett doubled down on his remarks.
  • In May, Marjorie Taylor Greene also likened proof-of-vaccination to being discriminated against.
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A GOP leader from Oklahoma doubled down on his comparison between vaccine mandates and gold stars forcibly worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust.

John Bennett, the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, made the shocking comparison last Friday, posting a picture of the yellow Star of David with “Unvaccinated” written across the top.

“Those who don’t KNOW history, are DOOMED to repeat it,” the photo read, which was posted to the official Facebook account of the Oklahoma Republican Party on Friday.

The post called on Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell to call a special session to prohibit private employers from imposing vaccine mandates for employees.

GOP national committeeman Steve Curry told the local news outlet KOCO-TV that Bennett is the only person who has access to the Facebook page.

The post was swiftly condemned by other state leaders serving on the Oklahoma Republican Party. On Saturday, Curry, co-chair Tommy Hicks Jr.,and chairwoman Ronna McDaniel issued a joint statement calling the comparison “absurd.”

“We three members find that this post is not only absurd in its attempt to compare the government act to control the pandemic with the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany but also terribly disrespectful to the memories of those who lost their lives to that horrible purge,” the statement said.

Other top Republican politicians in the state – including Pinnell, US Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, US Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Greg Treat, Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore, and Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall – denounced the Friday post.

“It is irresponsible and wrong to compare an effective vaccine – developed by President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed – to the horrors of the Holocaust,” the joint statement said, citing the KOCO-TV report. “People should have the liberty to choose if they take the vaccine, but we should never compare the unvaccinated to the victims of the Holocaust.”

Roberta Clark, executive director of the Jewish Federation, also slammed Bennett’s remarks, saying it was “ill-informed and very inappropriate.”

“To compare the actions taken by Nazi Germany to a pubic health discussion is ill-informed and very inappropriate. And it’s sad and ironic that anyone would draw an analogy from the largest recorded genocide in the 20th Century with public health attempts to actually save lives,” Clark told KOCO 5 News.

Despite the backlash, Bennett doubled down on the comparison in a nearly seven-minute video posted on Sunday, saying “It’s not about the star. It’s about a totalitarian government” pushing Americans to get vaccinated.

The Nazis “gave [Jews] a star to put on, and they couldn’t go to the grocery store, they couldn’t go out in public, they couldn’t do anything without having that star on their shirt,” Bennett said during the video. “Take away the star and add a vaccine passport.”

Representatives for the Oklahoma Republican Party did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on the video posted by Bennett.

Bennett wasn’t the first Republican to liken vaccination badges to Nazi-mandated yellow stars. In May, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia also made the comparison to critique a local grocery store’s policies.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene wrote in a tweet. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”

The Auschwitz‑Birkenau Memorial and State Museum on Tuesday later condemned Greene’s remarks, saying using the “tragedy of Jews” during the Holocaust to criticize public health measures is “a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz showed up unannounced to the jail where several Capitol riot suspects are being held and were turned away. They’re now accusing DC authorities of ‘hiding something.’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Bob Good listen during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republican legislators discussed their visit to a DC correction facility where January 6th Capitol riot suspects are being held.

  • Greene and Gaetz visited the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday.
  • They asked to tour the facility with a camera crew and see the Capitol riot suspects, but were not let in.
  • The lawmakers spoke up for the January 6 riot defendants earlier this week at a press conference, but that was cut short when protesters gatecrashed it.
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Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Louie Gohmert attempted to visit the January 6 Capitol riot suspects at the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday but were turned away. They then held a press conference with Virginia Rep. Bob Good, saying that they were “concerned” about the detainees’ treatment.

Gaetz on Thursday tweeted a video of himself being locked out of the Department of Corrections.

“The door’s locked and we’re just here to ask questions and now they’ve locked the door and not given us access,” Gaetz said in the video.

Greene, Gaetz, and Gohmert were seen in another video speaking to an officer outside the detention center. They were told by corrections officers that they were obstructing the entrance to the facility.

Greene and Gaetz also spoke to members of the press after they visited the facility.

“We suspect there is a two-tier justice system in the United States, for Trump supporters that are charged for January 6, and catch-and-release for Antifa and BLM rioters that have rioted and destroyed cities,” Greene said.

“We showed up at the facility and sought a tour,” Gaetz said, adding that he wants to know “what (Attorney General) Merrick Garland is hiding.”

“We are not members of Congress who will go away … If you believe you are mistreated, targeted, abused, or singled out as part of your politics and your lawful activity, know this – we will continue to fight for you,” Gaetz said.

The Department of Corrections told The Hill in a statement that the lawmakers were turned away because they showed up at the facility “unannounced with an unauthorized camera crew requesting a facility tour.”

“All visitors, which includes family members of residents, attorneys, and public officials, must adhere to the rules and procedures of the DOC,” the statement added.

On Tuesday, the lawmakers held another press conference outside the Department of Justice at the same time four Capitol police officers testified in front of the House Select Committee to examine the events of Jan. 6.

Outside the DOJ, the lawmakers addressed claims made by individuals charged in connection with the January 6 riot – who they called “political prisoners” – that they were beaten by guards and put in solitary confinement.

However, the Tuesday news conference was gatecrashed by a small group of protesters waving signs calling the lawmakers “traitors,” “rapists,” and “pedophiles,” the last of which is likely a reference to an ongoing DOJ investigation into whether Gaetz had sex with a minor. Gaetz has denied these allegations.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene said she would deport Chinese people who are ‘loyal’ to the Chinese Communist Party

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to “kick out every single Chinese in this country that is loyal to the CCP”.
  • The United States has a history of questioning the loyalty of Asian American immigrants.
  • Greene made the comments while speaking to Steve Bannon on his show.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said that if she was in charge she would deport every Chinese person that was loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Georgia politician made the comments while speaking to Steve Bannon on his “War Room: Pandemic” show, hosted by the fringe right-wing network Real America’s Voice.

“If I was in charge and I had my way, I would come down on China so hard,” Greene said. “I would kick out every single Chinese in this country that is loyal to the CCP. They would be gone. I do not care who they are.”

“I don’t care how much money you have, how much land you own, how many businesses you own, how much money you’ve donated to colleges and universities,” Greene said.

When Bannon asked whether this would apply to people like Chinese business magnate Jack Ma, Greene responded, “If they are loyal to the CCP, they go back.”

It’s unclear how she would determine who was “loyal” to the Chinese Communist Party.

Greene added that the US should not do business with companies aligned with the Chinese Communist Party.

“We should not be funding CCP companies,” Greene said. “We should not be doing business with an enemy that’s trying to kill us, did kill us this past year.”

Her comments allude to a conspiracy theory fuelled by top Republicans including Donald Trump that blamed China and Chinese people for spreading COVID-19.

The past year has seen a rise in hate crimes and harassment towards Asian Americans. Advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate said it received over 2,800 reports of hate incidents directed at Asian Americans in 2020.

A study by the Anti-Defamation League also showed that the pandemic corresponded with a rise in hate speech and harassment on social networks aimed at Asian Americans.

Earlier this week Greene made similar comments on C-SPAN, saying she would not give student visas to anyone who was “loyal to the CCP”. She also questioned whether China had “other bioweapons” similar to the coronavirus and what they are “planning to do with them.”

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After three California venues refused to host Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘America First’ event, the duo held a ‘protest’ instead

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  • Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz are in California for their “America First” tour stop.
  • Three event venues in Southern California canceled hosting the event.
  • Greene and Gaetz had a “Freedom of Speech Peaceful Protest” at Riverside City Hall instead.
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Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz held a “Freedom of Speech Peaceful Protest” in Riverside, California on Saturday evening after three event venues refused to host them.

The Republican lawmakers were in Southern California for their “America First” tour stop. The Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center, a hotel in Laguna Hills, California, was initially slated to host the event, but canceled a week before when they realized who the speakers were, saying they “just want to stay clear of that.”

The Riverside Convention Center was then tapped to host but canceled 24 hours before the event after receiving backlash from the community.

Finally, the Anaheim Event Center in Orange County canceled its last-minute plan to host the tour stop over general security concerns, city spokesperson Mike Lyster told Insider on Saturday.

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Lyster said the city had several other events already going on. “Those require public safety attention and resources,” he said. “This event layered on top of that would have strained resources.”

In a statement provided to Insider, Greene’s office said Greene and Gaetz would be hosting a protest at the Riverside City Hall at 5 p.m. instead of the planned event at a venue.

“Over the past week, I’ve seen the Communist left in California use threats of violence, intimidation, and harassment to bully business owners into submission, forcing them to cancel peaceful gatherings of Americans,” Greene said.

She then blasted cancel culture, saying that she has experienced it firsthand in Congress and in California, “where the left uses tactics similar to those employed by tyrannical governments throughout history who want to totally silence their political opponents.”

Greene has been a controversial figure since joining Congress in January. She was stripped of her House committee assignments in February over posts she made online promoting conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence.

Gaetz also spoke out against the events being canceled, tweeting, “The Woketopians are this scared of a dose of #AmericaFirst in California.”

A spokesperson for Gaetz did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The protest was streamed live by the right-wing outlet RSBN. Greene and Gaetz arrived shortly after the event began and led the crowd in a “USA” chant.

They each spoke for about five minutes. Greene told the crowd the “radical left wants to cancel you” but that she and Gaetz “refuse to be canceled because we won’t let you be canceled.”

She also praised former President Donald Trump’s “America First policies.”

Both lawmakers spoke out against their venue event being canceled, with Gaetz saying “we will not be silenced and we will not be shutdown.”

“You’ve proven they can’t cancel these Congress members and they can’t cancel this rally and they can never cancel the America First political movement,” he said.

Greene and Gaetz left less than 15 minutes after they arrived.

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