Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Even the Holocaust isn't out-of-bounds in Marjorie Taylor Greene's age of outrage

 In many ways, Greene's behavior -- after being stripped by a Democratic-led House of her committee assignments for past anti-Semitic statements and condoning violence against Democratic leaders -- is in the image of Trump.

She seems to pick the most incendiary possible comment, designed to attract outrage and attention, and that brings down a media storm -- which she (and Trump) then turns on its head to suggest she is the one being persecuted.
"The media and Democrats and everyone feeding into it is allowing them to hide the truth, which is the digusting (sic) anti-semitism within the Democrat Party," Greene said in a tweet thread on Tuesday.
As is often the case in such controversies, her statement, which was really a new attack filled with rage, contained an apology that was not an apology.
"Sorry some of my words make people uncomfortable, but this is what the American left is all about," Greene wrote. The Georgia lawmaker's firebrand reputation has made her a celebrity in conservative media -- and one of her party's most prolific fundraisers since she arrived in Washington in January.
The next likely stage of the latest Greene saga could be expected to feature pro-Trump media propagandists claiming that "mainstream" journalists are willfully misinterpreting her remarks, powering new disinformation on biased news networks that helped to convince millions of Republicans that Trump's lies about a stolen election are true.

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