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Everytown Renews Calls for Resignation of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene After CNN Reports She “Repeatedly Indicated Support for Executing Prominent Democratic Politicians in 2018 and 2019”

January 26, 2021

NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, Everytown’s grassroots networks, renewed its calls for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to resign today after newly-uncovered Facebook exchanges from 2018 and 2019 indicated Rep. Greene’s support for executing prominent Democratic politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Barack Obama, Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and more. She also liked Facebook comments about executing FBI agents. 

“It’s beyond the pale that Rep. Greene is encouraging gun extremists like her to assassinate political leaders,” said Courtney Spriggs, volunteer leader with the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “She continues to dishonor the people of Georgia on a daily basis, and her continued presence in Congress puts us all in danger. She must resign.”

“Make no mistake, Rep. Greene’s deadly rhetoric renders her unfit to serve,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Her reckless words and actions have endangered the lives of members of Congress, survivors of mass shootings, and all Americans.”

“Unhinged conspiracy theorists and gun extremists like Rep. Greene have no place in the People’s House,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “She’s putting lives in danger and will continue to do so for as long as she’s in office.”

Last week, Media Matters for America reported on Facebook exchanges from 2018 which indicated that Rep. Greene agreed with conspiracy theories “that ‘none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them,’ including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.” This news came only days after Media Matters uncovered Facebook exchanges from 2018 in which Rep. Greene agreed that the shooting in Parkland was a “false flag” event.

Ahead of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Rep. Greene used language that further incited the violence at the Capitol by referring to the day as Republicans’ “1776 moment.” A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center highlighted dangerous ties between Rep. Greene and several extremist organizations, such as “the Georgia Three Percent Security Force Intel Militia, Gun Owners of America and anti-LGBTQ hate groups Mass Resistance and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).” According to the report, Rep. Greene has a “cozy relationship… with the far-right anti-government militia movement” and a “long-standing friendship… [with] antigovernment militia leader Chris Hill,” the leader of the Georgia Three Percent Security Force

According to Media Matters for America, Rep. Greene hasexpressed support for QAnon, the violence-linked conspiracy theory that the FBI has labeled a potential domestic terror threat. She has also pushed conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks, the killing of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, and Pizzagate, among others.” Greene has also made derisive and misogynist comments regarding gun safety advocates with Moms Demand Action and in support of right-wing militias.

More than 1,500 people in Georgia die every year from gun violence. More information on gun violence in Georgia is available here, and more information on gun violence in the U.S. is available here.

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