Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is facing a backlash on Twitter that could soon translate to real consequences after a stunning attack on Ketanji Brown Jackson and those supporting her confirmation in the Supreme Court.
The far-right Georgia congresswoman took advantage of the spate of allegations leveled by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming Ms Jackson was too lenient in sentencing people convicted of child sex abuse imagery to add another Going a step further and directly condemning Ms Jackson’s supporters as “pro-pedophile”, specifically naming three GOP Senators who have announced their intention to vote for Ms Jackson.
During her comments on the far-right network Real America’s Voice, the congresswoman derided the Harvard-educated judge, who sat on the bench for nearly a decade, as “someone so ignorant she doesn’t know what a woman is”. That remark was in reference to Ms. Jackson’s refusal to give the GOP senators a biological definition of a woman during their confirmation hearing, which she said was a question for physicians or biologists.
It was that accusation of ignorance that was immediately dismissed on Tuesday when the clip was shared on Twitter.
“The irony of this person calling anyone ignorant is priceless,” wrote Twitter user Mike Newhall.
“A typical case of the pot calling the kettle black,” added another.
Their reference to Sens Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski as “pro-pedophiles” is likely to anger Republicans in the upper chamber, especially considering their far-right Rep. Madison Cawthorn faced backlash after his accusatory statements against members who supported him invited to an orgy and did cocaine in front of him popped up online.
The congresswoman and Donald Trump ally noted in the video that she doesn’t care who “melds” over her comments, but the ugly and baseless accusation that three incumbent senators support pedophilia could easily lead to real consequences for the newcomer member of the House of Representatives because the three senators, while often willing to buck the party line when voted against, remain in good standing with the Senate GOP leadership.
Mr Cawthorn has faced calls from other GOP members of the House to provide names or drop his allegations after making the comments in an interview with a right-wing podcast host, and was even involved in a meeting with Kevin McCarthy last week , the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and then denounced as a liar by the GOP leader.
“That’s unacceptable. There’s no evidence for that. He changes what he does [says] and that’s not the place of a congressman… He wasn’t telling the truth,” Mr McCarthy told reporters after his meeting with Mr Cawthorn.
Ms Greene remains stripped of her committee duties, where legislation is drafted and important hearings are held, after her previous comments supporting violence against Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were exposed. Mr McCarthy has hinted she could regain her committee duties should the GOP regain control of the House in the autumn, but it remains to be seen whether she will remain in his good graces for that long.
The Georgia congresswoman has previously faced accusations of ignorance herself, particularly after invoking what she has dubbed Ms Pelosi’s “gazpacho police” — apparently the Gestapo — and calling Joe Biden “the commander and boss.”