The internet is forever. Once information is posted, someone has viewed, shared, and archived it. This rule is universal and applies to all, even newly elected Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. In a previously unreported and now deleted interaction, the known QAnon supporter agreed with a 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was actually a “false flag” planned event.
On February 14, 2018, a gunman took the lives of 17 people in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy spurred survivors to become activists and call for new gun laws. The shooting also resulted in conspiracy theories, including the claim that it was a “false flag” event — an incident that is either faked or planned by someone other than the actual perpetrator — to take away people’s guns. Those toxic claims were especially spread through right-wing social media.
Greene has frequently used social media to spread misinformation, toxic rhetoric, and conspiracy theories. In a separate Facebook post in 2018, Greene also claimed: “I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.”
Greene elaborated on her wild Pelosi conspiracy theory when she posted on Facebook, “Most Americans are asleep and pay no attention to the real civil war that is happening right now in our country. There are only a small percentage of people who are wide awake. This is no longer about political parties, but truly about nationalism versus globalism and freedom versus socialism and elitism versus the people and at its core good versus evil.”
Greene was a right-wing commentator before successfully running for Congress in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. She has pushed the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories; falsely claimed that there’s no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11; labeled the 2018 pipe bomb packages to members of Congress and others a hoax; accused the Obama administration of killing former Democratic staffer Seth Rich; and pushed anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric, among other things.
Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and their family members have condemned Greene and called for her to step down. “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” implored Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the shooting.
The woman Donald Trump once called a “future star” refuses to back down even if her defiance means disrespecting the memory of massacred children.