Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attacked the transgender daughter of Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) this week, going so far as to hang a poster outside her office across from Newman’s mocking the notion of transgenderism.
From The Washington Post:
After a contentious debate on the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community, Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) on Wednesday raised a transgender pride flag outside her office — which happens to sit directly across from the office of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), one of the bill’s most vocal opponents.
“Our neighbor, [Greene], tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is ‘disgusting, immoral, and evil,’” Newman, who has a transgender daughter, wrote on Twitter with a video of her hanging the flag. “Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door.”
Greene, who lost her committee memberships by promoting false and extremist claims, quickly responded with her own video mocking Newman’s earlier tweet as she hung up a poster that said: “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust The Science!”
Earlier in the day, Greene tweeted: “As mothers, we all love and support our children. But your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.”
The Post reported that Greene’s attack was called out immediately by colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
The exchange quickly went viral, leading critics to accuse Greene of cruelty directly aimed at Newman’s family — the latest bit of outrage spurred by a House member who has espoused QAnon’s baseless theories and falsely suggested former president Donald Trump’s supporters were not present at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Newman’s fellow Illinois Democrat, Rep. Sean Casten, called Greene’s poster “sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel.”
“This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect [Newman’s] daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against,” he said in a tweet.
“This is sad and I’m sorry this happened,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who has been a vocal critic of the party’s far-right wing, tweeted Wednesday night. “Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs. This garbage must end.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) challenged Greene’s claim that science backs up her bigoted position, the report noted.
“Your sign is incorrect because it’s not what the science says,” Lieu tweeted Wednesday evening, quoting a Scientific American column that concludes, “The science is clear and conclusive: sex is not binary, transgender people are real.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that Newman’s video was initially removed from Facebook for violating the sites policy on hate speech, though the company said it was done in error and the video was reposted.
Facebook reportedly had not removed Greene’s video from the platform, however.
U.S. Rep. Marie Newman’s feud over LGBTQ rights with controversial Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene took a new turn Thursday when Facebook temporarily took down Newman’s video putting up a transgender pride flag in a congressional office hallway, labeling it hate speech.
The social media giant, however, did not appear to take down a video of Taylor Greene posting a sign outside her office that read, “There are TWO genders MALE & FEMALE. ‘Trust the science!’”
“Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it as ‘hate speech,’” Newman tweeted Thursday morning. “Meanwhile, they’re still allowing Marjorie Taylor Greene’s transphobic video to be posted. Supporting transgender Americans is NOT hate speech.”
Around 10 a.m., Facebook had re-posted Newman’s video. The congresswoman’s office said Facebook officials indicated the video had been removed “in error” and that they are still reviewing the case. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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