Marjorie Greene Rants About Black ‘Terrorists’ After Chauvin Verdict

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This week, a Minnesota jury found ex-cop Derek Chauvin guilty of second degree murder over his high-profile killing of a Black man named George Floyd — and, true to form, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) responded in part by ranting on Twitter about what she called Black Lives Matter “terrorist” threats. Pretending like “Black Lives Matter” — a loose coalition of groups dedicated to supporting Black communities — is some kind of bastion of terrorist violence is, of course, a lie rooted in nothing but racism.

Greene commented on Twitter as follows:

‘DC is completely dead tonight. People stayed in and were scared to go out because of fear of riots. Police are everywhere and have riot gear. #BLM is the strongest terrorist threat in our county.’

Notably, political reporter Jake Sherman — who lives in D.C. — shared on Twitter that Greene was lying. Discussing Greene’s remarks the following morning, he commented as follows:

‘Complete nonsense. I live in dc and it was totally normal last night. People out walking around, others eating dinner outside. Not sure what she’s talking about.’

Another reporter with D.C. connections also refuted Greene’s racist lies. In a direct reply to the Congresswoman, NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Garrett Haake commented on Twitter that Greene’s claim about a widespread fear of violence just wasn’t accurate. As he put it in a Tuesday post, he “spent four hours at BLM plaza in DC tonight, talking to the folks who wanted to come out near the White House on an historic night,” and he added that “Lots of people brought their kids or their dogs.” Bringing kids and dogs around isn’t exactly a tell-tale sign of fear!

This occasion is not the first time that Greene has proven to be utterly disconnected from the basic reality of what’s going on around her.

Back in November of last year, when she was still a Congresswoman-elect and wasn’t yet sworn in, she angrily claimed on Twitter that “NOTHING” was open in D.C. because of “Democrat tyrannical control.” She was lying — “Gyms are open here in D.C., including at least two CrossFit places I know of,” D.C. reporter Niels Lesniewski noted at the time. (Greene had been discussing gyms.) Greene subsequently ranted on Twitter that “gyms are FORCED by DC’s Democrat mayor to RESTRICT access,” insisting that reporting about her own previous comments was “fake news.” Claiming that “nothing” is open is not the same thing as complaining about service restrictions, so no, reporting about the falsity of her previous comments was not “fake news.”