During a recent appearance on the right-wing network Real America’s Voice, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) rhetorically shrugged at the high rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19, and on Twitter, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) subsequently observed that the Georgia Congresswoman ought not to characterize herself as “pro-life” anymore. Sure, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans while threatening the economy and the people who rely upon it — but right-wingers like Greene still refuse to take the situation more seriously.
As Kinzinger put it in a tweet responding to those remarks from Greene:
‘[Marjorie Taylor Greene] should quit referring to herself as “pro-life” now.’
MTG should quit referring to herself as “pro-life” now.
Greene waves off concerns of hospital overcrowding: 'We can't live forever' https://t.co/Ef8kjSgq4S
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) August 13, 2021
In Greene’s state alone, average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at over 4,100 as of early Monday, making it the fourth most hard-hit state as of that point, in terms of hospitalizations — and yet, on Real America’s Voice, Greene said that “yes, the waiting rooms get full, but guess what? The waiting rooms are full of all kinds of things, not just COVID.” Greene self-confidently added that “everybody needs to get back down to common sense and remember that, you know, we’re human, we can’t live forever, we’re going to catch all kinds of diseases and illnesses and other viruses, and we get hurt sometimes.” Amid a global pandemic, what a member of the United States Congress has to say is… “we get hurt sometimes.” If the situation wasn’t so serious, then Greene’s ineptitude would be laughable.
Besides her nonsense regarding COVID-19, Greene has also occupied herself recently with theatrical advocacy on behalf of Capitol riot defendants. Along with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and other far-right members of Congress, Greene recently even attempted to visit a facility where rioters have been held, although personnel on staff at the location where she stopped by rebuffed her group. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who was with Greene and Gaetz at the time, has referred to Capitol riot defendants as “political prisoners,” which is simply nonsense. They committed crimes — largely on camera! — and generally speaking, they’re now facing the duly proceeding consequences for their actions. There’s no conspiracy here.