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RJC “Offended and Appalled” by Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Statements

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January 29, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene endorses Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) during a press conference on October 15, 2020 in Dallas, Georgia. (Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images)

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) condemned freshman Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) over her recently unearthed social media remarks.

These past remarks included her speculating in 2018 that the Rothschild family used a space laser to start the wildfires that were raging in California at the time. Greene has also previously expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theories, which have had anti-Semitic components to them as well as posited that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could be tried for treason.

The RJC said in a press release that they supported Greene’s primary opponent and didn’t endorse her when she won the primary. “We are offended and appalled by her comments and her actions,” they said. “We opposed her as a candidate and we continue to oppose her now. She is far outside the mainstream of the Republican Party, and the RJC is working closely with the House Republican leadership regarding next steps in this matter.”

Other Jewish groups have also denounced Greene.

“While @mtgreenee’s recently unearthed comments promoting violence are dangerous and disturbing, they are not surprising,” Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted. “Greene has and continues to be a purveyor of unhinged conspiracy theories based in Islamophobia, QAnon and racism.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center also tweeted, “Such a person @RepMTG should not be voting in Congress on key issues impacting the future of the American people. She presents conspiracy screed that Rothschilds and Jewish space lasers causing wildfires in California? Beyond the pale.”

The Stop Antisemitism.org watchdog tweeted, “We’re just as disgusted that Marjorie Greene is a sitting member of Congress as we are Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. We focus on antisemitism. Not party.”

 

William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, tweeted, “We are outraged by the statements, past and present, of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. There must be a swift and commensurate response from Congressional leadership making clear that this conduct cannot and will not be allowed to debase our politics.”

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Axios that Greene’s past remarks “are deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”

Greene has claimed that the recent criticism against her past comments are all part of a “smear campaign” from the “radical, left-wing Democrat mob.”

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