Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attacks transgender people

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As U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene faces a national backlash for her incendiary social media posts, the Georgia lawmaker went on the offensive by targeting transgender people and sponsoring legislation that would ban them from competing in school sports. 

The Republican from northwestern Georgia is facing growing criticism for her racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic rhetoric and QAnon conspiracy theories. The calls for her ouster from Congress are growing louder, and they now include one from an LGBTQ lawmaker in metro Atlanta. 

Greene remains defiant. In an interview with WSB Radio’s “Word on the Street,” she said efforts to remove her from Congress will fail. 

“It’s not gonna work. That’s not what my district wants,” Greene said during the interview on Friday. 

“If people cave into this, if Republican leadership caves into it, if anyone caves into it, then the mob wins and cancel culture continues on,” she added. 

Greene also used the interview to mock transgender people and promote anti-trans legislation that she co-sponsored after taking office on Jan. 3. She said her critics want to eliminate gender roles and “destroy our country.”

“They don’t want conservative speech. They don’t want conservative values, because they want to convince you there is no gender. They want to erase and attack God’s creation, that there’s male and female, and he created them in his image,” Greene said.

“And they want to continue down the road of these policies and these things that are really going to destroy our country and destroy our identity and destroy who we are as a nation and tear us all apart,” she added.

In the WSB interview, Greene also highlighted her support of the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.” The legislation from U.S. Rep. Greg Steube would strip federal funding from schools that allow transgender women to participate in sports. 

Greene mischaracterized the legislation as non-partisan and misgendered transgender women. She said she’s “proud” to support the effort.

“One I’m particularly very proud of and so thankful that I was able to actually sponsor it – I talked about gender a minute ago – it is a bill to prevent biological males from playing in girls and women’s sports. And this is a bipartisan issue. This is not a Republican-Democrat issue. It’s an issue of right and wrong. Boys do not belong in girls’ and women’s sports,” Greene said.

Greene also accused transgender women of “infiltrating women’s sports to achieve a competitive advantage.”

“As a former competitive athlete and a mother to a daughter who is a D1 collegiate athlete, I staunchly oppose biological males in girls/women’s sports, locker rooms and bathrooms,” Greene said in a Jan. 23 press release supporting the legislation.

“This completely violates women’s rights in every way. Women’s sports should be women’s sports,” she added.

Steube introduced the legislation on Jan. 21. Greene is a co-sponsor with two other Georgia lawmakers – U.S. Reps. Rick Allen and Andrew Clyde.

Greene’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric is often overlooked in news coverage of her racist social media posts and conspiracy theories. Media Matters published a guide to Greene’s rhetoric, though it does not include her anti-trans and even anti-drag attacks. 

In April 2019, Greene spent 90 minutes harassing a drag queen and attendees at a Drag Queen Story Time event in Alpharetta. She broadcast her antics on social media and called do-gooding Atlanta drag queen Miss Terracotta Sugarbaker an “abomination” that confused children about gender. Greene called the event “an attack on our children.”

Also in 2019, as a Congressional candidate, Green attacked transgender people in a social media post and accused trans people of “gender refusal and gender pretending.”

State Rep. Matthew Wilson, one of seven LGBTQ lawmakers in Georgia, called on U.S. Rep. Marjorie Tyler Greene to resign. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

‘Greene not fit to hold public office’

On Friday, state Rep. Matthew Wilson – one of seven LGBTQ lawmakers at the Georgia Capitol – called on Greene to resign. He introduced a resolution denouncing her QAnon conspiracy theories, criticizing her calls for violence against federal officials and demanding that she quit.

“After the events at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, and after more information has been uncovered from her social media posts both prior to and in the time since assuming office, it has become abundantly clear that Marjorie Taylor Greene is not fit to hold public office,” Wilson said in a press release. 

“Representative Greene has violated her oath of office by willfully inciting violence against her fellow citizens, and needs to resign to allow the people of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District the opportunity to elect a Representative that will not hold the public trust in such contempt,” he added.

Some 40 other House Democrats sponsored Wilson’s resolution, which received a first reading in the House on Monday and was assigned to the Rules Committee. Among sponsors are three other LGBTQ state lawmakers – Reps. Marvin Lim, Sam Park and Renitta Shannon. 

The resolution does not address Greene’s anti-transgender statements.

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