Right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene is a QAnon and 9/11 conspiracy theorist who has promoted anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic remarks, among other vitriolic rhetoric. Greene has received support from leading Republicans, with President Donald Trump calling her a “future Republican star.”
Greene is running for Congress as a Republican in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. She is running unopposed after her Democratic challenger dropped out of the race.
During her time as a right-wing pundit and during her campaign, Greene frequently echoed the worst of the right-wing media by pushing conspiracy theories and toxic rhetoric. The following is a guide to her conspiracy theories and remarks.
Greene is a QAnon conspiracy theorist. The QAnon conspiracy theory is based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as “Q" that have spread rampantly on social media and among fringe right-wing media. QAnon conspiracy theorists essentially believe that Trump is secretly working to take down the purported “deep state,” a supposed cabal of high-ranking officials who they claim are operating pedophile rings. The FBI has labeled the conspiracy theory as a potential domestic terror threat.
Greene has repeatedly expressed support for QAnon, including posting pro-QAnon messages on social media and calling “Q” a “patriot” who is “worth listening to.”
Greene falsely claimed that there’s no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. In a 2018 video, Greene discussed the September 11 attacks and falsely said that there was “the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon.” The claim that there was “never any evidence” of a plane hitting the Pentagon is a refrain of 9/11 conspiracy theories. (In reality, video and photographic evidence show a plane hit the Pentagon.) After she was heavily criticized, Greene tweeted that she was supposedly “being attacked for my opposition to open borders and globalist neocon nation building wars” and said: “Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it's hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not.”
Greene has a history of bigoted comments. As Politico reported in June, Greene has “suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people ‘are held slaves to the Democratic Party’; called George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would feel ‘proud’ to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War.”
Greene visited Congress and tried to get Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are Muslim, to retake their oaths on the Bible. In February 2019, Greene filmed herself unsuccessfully trying to interrogate Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). During the video, she falsely claimed that they're illegitimate members of Congress because they took their congressional oaths of office on the Quran and said she wanted to make them retake their oaths on the Bible. Greene also said she wanted to tell them they “really should go back to the Middle East if they support Sharia.” In addition to being bigoted, her remarks are also ignorant as their oaths were legitimate and neither representative is from the Middle East.
Greene shared an anti-Muslim video that portrays Jewish people as trying to destroy Europe through immigration. In December 2018, Greene shared an anti-refugee video and claimed, “This is what the UN wants all over the world.” The video features anti-Muslim propaganda, quotes an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier saying that “Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation” and, as one reporter wrote, “implies that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it.”
Greene called the 2018 pipe bomb packages to members of Congress and others a hoax. Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, pipe bombs were mailed to CNN, prominent Democrats, and members of Congress. Greene responded to the news by telling her social media followers that the packages were a hoax perpetrated by the targeted people and the left in an “attempt to create a blue wave.”
Greene claimed that the Obama administration used MS-13 to assassinate Seth Rich. Greene said in a 2018 video that the Obama administration had the violent MS-13 street gang murder Democratic staffer Seth Rich. Greene’s unhinged claim echoes a post by someone purporting to be “Q.”
Greene falsely claimed that Obama is “a Muslim” and that he “opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims.” In 2018, Greene falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett are Muslims, stating: “Yes. I do believe he is a Muslim. And yes, Valerie Jarrett is, too.” She used those purported facts to launch a bigoted attack that “Obama opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims.”
Greene promoted the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton has killed her political enemies. NBC News reported in August that Greene penned “dozens of articles” for the now-defunct conspiracy theory website American Truth Seekers and she “wrote favorably of the QAnon conspiracy theory, suggested that Hillary Clinton murdered her political enemies, and ruminated on whether mass shootings were orchestrated to dismantle the Second Amendment.”
Greene pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy theory and speculated that the white nationalist riot in Charlottesville was an “inside job.” CNN reported in August that Greene's writing on the American Truth Seekers website included “speculating that the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to one counter-protester's death was an ‘inside job’ and promoting a debunked conspiracy alleging some Democratic Party leaders were running a human-trafficking and pedophilia ring -- known as ‘Pizzagate’-- was real.”
Greene posted a picture of herself holding a gun next to a montage of members of “the Squad.” As CNN summarized in September, Greene posted “an image of herself holding a gun alongside images of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib and encouraged going on the ‘offense against these socialists.’” Facebook later removed the photo for violating its policies.
Greene praised militia members as people who can protect the country from “a tyrannical government.” In 2018, Greene gave a speech after various militia members appeared on stage at a rally in Washington, D.C. She praised the militia members as being “the very definition of our Second Amendment. Because when our government gets to a place where it’s a tyrannical government, we’re guaranteed the right to bear arms and make a state militia so that they do not run us over.”
Greene attacked women who are gun safety activists by saying they “need to grow some balls.” In a 2019 video, Greene said of the gun safety organization Moms Demand Action: All these moms that demand action -- moms that demand action: You need to grow some balls. And the problem is you don't have balls. We need dads. Because most dads, unless they're a bunch of beta male, wussy, feminized men, are going to say, ‘Yeah, put guys, put good guys, good women with guns at our kids’ schools and protect our kids and stop these damn school shootings.’” She later claimed that men are being “whipped by these women,” who are purportedly “attacking men in this country.”