In 2018, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene agreed with Facebook comments that the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was a “false flag” planned event, according to Media Matters for America.
On February 14, 2018, a gunman took the lives of 17 people in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy spurred survivors to become activists and call for new gun laws.
The shooting also resulted in conspiracy theories, including the claim that it was a “false flag” event — an incident that is either faked or planned by someone other than the actual perpetrator — to take away people’s guns. Those toxic claims were especially spread through right-wing and social media.
Greene apparently was one of those who supported those claims.
Greene, now a member of Congress, was one of those people who spread such claims on Facebook. In 2018, she posted a story about disgraced Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson receiving a retirement pension.
In the comments section, someone wrote: “It’s called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting.” Greene replied: “Exactly.”
Another commenter wrote: “Kick back for going along with the evil plan. You know it’s not for doing a good job.” Greene replied: “My thoughts exactly!! Paid to do what he did and keep his mouth shut!”
MMFA noted that Greene “was a right-wing commentator before successfully running for Congress in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District” and has promoted numerous conspiracy theories and false claims.
She has pushed the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories; falsely claimed that there’s no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11; labeled the 2018 pipe bomb packages to members of Congress and others a hoax; accused the Obama administration of killing former Democratic staffer Seth Rich; and pushed anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric, among other things.
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