Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is facing calls for her resignation after reports that she believes the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed, was a “staged” event.
Media Matters for America unearthed Greene’s 2018 Facebook comments earlier this week, sparking outrage and calls for her to resign, The Washington Post reported. Those comments also included her agreement that the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 was a “false flag” planned event.
The Post reports:
Two years before she was elected to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene hopped on Facebook to respond to a comment falsely claiming that the Parkland, Fla., school shooting was staged, according to screenshots posted by Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group. Instead of rejecting the false claim surrounding the mass shooting that killed 17 people, Greene enthusiastically agreed with the conspiracy theory.
“Exactly!” she wrote in response.
Those comments, along with a number of other instances unearthed this week of Greene casting doubt on school shootings, sparked outrage among survivors and family members of those killed in two of the country’s deadliest mass shootings. By Thursday, several advocacy groups, including March for Our Lives-Parkland, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety, called for Greene (R-Ga.) to give up her seat in the House of Representatives.
Cameron Kasky, a co-founder of the student-led group Never Again MSD after surviving Parkland, told the newspaper: “She should resign. She can apologize. I don’t think anybody will accept it.”
According to the report, “Greene’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment as of early Friday,” and Facebook said it has “removed Greene’s comments for violating its policies following the watchdog group’s report.”
The Post noted that Greene is “the first open supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory to win a seat in Congress” and has also promoted former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.
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