A far-right conspiracy theorist with anti-transgender views has joined the GOP primary for a U.S. House seat in metro Atlanta, one of a handful of anti-LGBTQ candidates in the race.
Construction company owner Marjorie Taylor Greene's offensive Facebook posts and fight against a Drag Queen Story Time event in north Fulton County were uncovered by the Southern Poverty Law Center's “Hatewatch” blog. Green hopes to win the Republican primary to then challenge U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath in the 6th Congressional District race next year.
Days before a Drag Queen Story Time event at an Alpharetta library in April, SPLC said Greene posted on Facebook, “Trans does not mean gender change, it just means a gender refusal and gender pretending! Truth is truth, it is not a choice!!!”
Then Greene reportedly confronted library staff at the Drag Queen Story Time event.
Greene sat through the library event before apparently secretly recording audio of her confrontation with the assistant manager. She demanded an explanation of why the library hosted an event that went against her personal beliefs as a taxpayer.
The Facebook posts that SPLC references are not public.
Greene also confronted the staff of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in Washington, D.C., and accused her of marrying her brother to help him gain citizenship, according to SPLC. And Greene insinuated in a Facebook video that the October 2017 shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead was a conspiracy to rob people of their Second Amendment rights, according to Georgia Pol.
Greene responded to SPLC’s blog post on Facebook on Saturday by labeling the group a “radical progressive organization funded by leftist billionaires like George Soros” and called it “the propaganda arm of the Democrat party.” She did not dispute any of SPLC’s findings. (See below)
Greene spoke at a Georgia Log Cabin Republicans event in June.
The GOP primary race is attracting several candidates with anti-LGBTQ views.
An anti-gay Sandy Springs business person dropped out of the 6th District race earlier this month after publicly identifying himself as a white nationalist. Donnie Bolena reentered the race on Sunday as an independent, according to the AJC.
Former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, who has a lengthy anti-gay track record, state Sen. Brandon Beach and political newcomer Nicole Rodden are facing off against Greene for the Republican nomination in the 6th District race. The winner will face McBath – an LGBTQ ally – in November 2020.
UPDATE | Greene also wrote an open letter to McBath in June in which she claimed that the Equality Act "destroys Title IX for women’s sports and completely violates women’s rights," according to Georgia Pol. The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The House passed it in May and it faces long odds in the Senate. (h/t Peach Pod)