Back in 2018 as California suffered the worst wildfire in its history, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) penned a Facebook rant in which she parroted QAnon conspiracy theorists and falsely claimed the fire was caused by a space laser triggered by a nefarious group that included the Rothschild family.
Media Matters reports:
Greene’s post, which hasn’t previously been reported, is just the latest example to be unearthed of her embracing conspiracy theories about tragedies during her time as a right-wing commentator. In addition to being a QAnon supporter, Greene has pushed conspiracy theories about 9/11, the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, the Las Vegas shooting, and the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, among others.
Greene also has a history of pushing anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic remarks.
Media Matters noted that the Camp Fire in California started on Nov. 8, 2018 and ““burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries,” according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
After an investigation, the department “determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” Scientists have noted that climate change has worsened wildfires in places like California.
However, conspiracy theorists — like Greene — have promoted other explanations for the Camp Fire, including a QAnon theory that “a nefarious entity used laser beams or a similar instrument to start the fire for financial profit or to clear space for California’s high-speed rail system.”
Rep. Greene is a proponent of the Camp Fire laser beam conspiracy theory. She wrote a November 17, 2018, Facebook post — which is no longer available online — in which she said that she was speculating “because there are too many coincidences to ignore” regarding the fire, including that then-California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wanted to build the high-speed rail project and “oddly there are all these people who have said they saw what looked like lasers or blue beams of light causing the fires.” She also speculated that a vice chairman at “Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm” was somehow involved, and suggested the fire was caused by a beam from “space solar generators.”
The Washington Post explained in a 2019 Retropod podcast how the Rothschild conspiracies began, and why people believe they are involved with things like the weather and natural disasters.
The Rothschild family made a fortune in European banking clear back in the 1700s, the Post noted, and the birth of conspiracy theories surrounding the family appear to have begun in 1846.
That year, a political pamphlet discussing Nathan Rothschild and the Battle of Waterloo — signed ‘Satan’ — went “19th Century viral,” according to the podcast. It claimed that Rothschild, the founder of a bank in London, was on the battlefield in 1815 and saw the French defeated. He then quickly returned to London before anyone learned the news to trade on this knowledge in the stock market and make a ton of money, the pamphlet claimed.
Conspiracy theories about the family have pervaded ever since, including that the Rothschilds control the world economy, bankrolled Adolf Hitler, plotted to kill both Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, funded ISIS and even mess around with the weather.
In early 2011, a branch of the Rothschild family bought a controlling stake in the Weather Channel, the podcast noted. Conspiracy theorists determined that the Rothschilds wanted to control the weather and profit from natural disasters.
Fast forward to 2018, and it appears that Greene is yet another anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist pushing yet another Rothschild-related theory.
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