Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared on The Alex Jones Show to deny previous violent remarks, but she once again dehumanized and slandered trans people, alleging a connection between trans identity and child molestation, and floated anti-trans conspiracy theories.
Greene previously joined Infowars’ February 20 broadcast of The Alex Jones Show, where she said that vigilantes should assault trans people, attempting to justify her call to violence with the false claim that trans people are a danger to children.
During that appearance, Greene said that if her daughter had a trans summer camp counselor, her husband would “beat” them “into the ground” and they would “be in jail,” going on to say that “this is exactly how we need to stand up against this stuff.” Greene also smeared trans people overall as a threat to children.
Greene and host Alex Jones were referencing a claim about a California children's camp that has been promoted by Fox News. The claim purports that trans counselors at the camp used gender identity as a pretext to secure sleeping arrangements in a girls cabin for the purpose of sexually abusing those campers.
The genesis of the outrage was a piece by Los Angeles media outlet KTLA that described how a camper’s mother was upset after her child told her that some camp counselors used the pronouns “they” and “them.” In an interview with the Orange County Register, Columbia University media ethics researcher Susan McGregor said the spread and evolution of the smear – starting with a parent angry about pronouns and then morphing into allegations of child molestation – was “like a game of telephone among 10 year olds.”
Joel Gemino, a manager at a Long Beach, CA, LGBTQ center, told the OC Register that “These kinds of stories create a panic that trans people are dangerous, which is absolutely not the case … It’s trans youth who are at much greater risk for violence at the hands of others.” According to recent research, trans people “are over four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault."
During Infowars’ March 8 broadcast, Greene and Jones again directed their vitriol towards trans people. Greene lied about her prior comments on The Alex Jones Show, falsely claiming that during her February 20 appearance she said people of any gender identity who abuse children deserve to get physically assaulted. But, in fact, during her prior Infowars appearance Greene did advocate for general violence against trans people, who she conflated with child abusers.
Greene said during her recent appearance, “I don’t hate transgenders” and then went on to characterize trans women as likely predators while suggesting that there is some relationship between identifying as trans and being a child molester. Greene also suggested that it is abusive for health care clinics to provide services to trans youth, floated a conspiracy theory that there is a plot by school teachers to “brainwash” children into expressing a different gender identity, and again baselessly claimed that the California camp counselors that she and Jones have been slandering did molest or try to molest children.
Greene recently made headlines for speaking at an event hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Forced to respond to the outrage over Greene’s appearance, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on March 9 that he had spoken to Greene and that “she will not go again” to Fuentes’ annual white nationalist conference. (Fuentes’ hosts an online broadcast that is streamed and hosted by Infowars’ platform Banned.video.)
In addition to letting Greene off with a slap on the wrist, McCarthy has also said that if Republicans win a majority in the U.S. House in the 2022 elections, he would restore her committee assignments. In February 2021, House Democrats and 11 Republican members of Congress voted to remove Greene from the U.S. House committees she served on in response to Greene’s repeated endorsement of political violence, and promotion of racism and antisemitism.
Although Jones is best known as a far-right conspiracy theorist – perhaps most notably in recent years for his lies claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a “hoax” – he has also frequently espoused racist and antisemitic commentary. For example, Jones has said that Latinos are stealing the “birthright,” “American dream,” and “identity” from U.S. residents, that Africans “recede back into total barbarism” if not under the oversight of white colonists, and that many Ku Klux Klan members who participate in public hate demonstrations are actually “Jewish actors” who look like the “cast of Seinfeld” when they take their hoods off.
Her vile commentary was right at home at Infowars. Jones has used his broadcast to viciously attack trans people for years. In 2018, Jones’ show was removed from Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify, with Facebook’s parent company Meta saying in a statement that “we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”