Parents of Parkland victims are calling for the resignation of Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Parkland families and former students who survived the school shooting in 2018 are now calling for the resignation of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Comments from her social media accounts have surfaced showing Greene perpetuating conspiracy theories about the shooting, and a video of Greene harassing Parkland survivor David Hogg just weeks after the shooting has now gone viral.
Greene is a known supporter of QAnon, the discredited far-right, Pro-Trump conspiracy theory that a cabal of Satanic pedophiles was conspiring against Trump. Prior to her election to Congress, Greene was a known controversial internet personality.
Last week, Media Matters for America reports that two years prior to being elected to Congress, Greene agreed with people who were calling the Parkland shooting a “false flag” operation. There are plenty of screenshots available as proof of Greene’s harmful misinformation.
This morning, Fred Guttenberg, who lost his 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, in the shooting, shared a video of Greene harassing David Hogg, a Parkland student who survived the shooting that killed 17 people. Just weeks after the shooting, Hogg was in Washington, D.C. to meet with politicians about stricter gun legislation, and Greene followed the teenager for several blocks, taunting him the entire way.
The Parkland survivors started March For Our Lives, a group dedicated to ending gun violence. The group tweeted out against Greene’s actions in the video.
“We don’t want to be doing this work, we’d much rather be living our lives like any young person. Instead, we’ve been forced to grow up quickly because corrupt politicians like you can’t do your damn job.”
Hogg also responded to the video, saying he’d much rather focus on being a college student but lawmakers like her won’t let him.
“Also the thousands I’ve had to spend on of therapy due to the trauma from the shooting and due to harassment and threats like this but also so much worse is absolutely ridiculous,” Hogg continued.
Guttenberg first tweeted at Greene after her initial comments about the shooting surfaced, writing, “Will you be resigning? For the good of this country, you should. Parkland was not a made up false flag event. My daughter and 16 others were murdered that day.”
Greene hasn’t addressed her comments directly, nor has she responded to the video shared this morning. In a Twitter statement posted on Jan. 19, she argued against “‘gun-free’ school zones” and claims she was once “locked in a classroom in 11th grade” due to a student who brought guns to her high school and “personally” understood students’ fears. She also criticized the deputy, writing he “allowed children to be left defenseless against an active shooter. When he was supposed to protect them, he was a coward and refused to go in. He allowed 17 people to die.”
Cameron Kasky, a fellow Parkland survivor, took to Twitter to condemn Greene and also the Republican party in general, accusing them of paving the way for people like her to gain power.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts is also calling for Greene’s resignation.
“Dangerous conspiracy theorists who peddle disinformation like Rep. Greene ever further damage the credibility of Congress,” Watts said in a statement. “Taylor Greene’s lies traumatize the survivors of shooting tragedies and put their safety in danger. She must resign immediately.”