Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene attributes her now infamous position as the “Jewish space laser” to her lack of political knowledge.
The Georgia Republican offered the explanation to a reporter on Monday for her widely ridiculed 2018 Facebook post that she posted before being sworn in to Congress. The exchange with the reporter is the latest as Greene continued to brush off criticism for trafficking conspiracy theories that his opponents say contained anti-Semitic tropes.
Greene made the remarks during several stops on her district’s stump as she campaigned to retain her House seat in the November election, ABC affiliate WTVM reports. During the election campaign, reporters asked Greene who she voted for in the Republican gubernatorial primary, among other questions, reports the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the now-deleted Facebook post, Greene suggested that the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish banking family long targeted by anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, profited from the California wildfires. It also involved Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) of California, space solar energy company Solaren and other officials.
Greene wrote that “curiously, there were all these people who said they saw what looked like lasers or beams of blue light causing the fires, as well as pictures and videos.”
Writing that she “knew nothing about it,” she still found it “really curious” that PG&E had a partnership with Solaren on space generators. She further suggested that if Solaren accidentally started the fires while transmitting energy from the sun to Earth, it “wouldn’t be so good for PG&E, Rothschild Inc., Solaren, or (then California Governor) Jerry Brown.” … »
Video shows Greene, flanked by supporters, being asked about the post by a reporter.
“This is your message under your name,” begins the journalist.
“Yeah,” Greene replies.
“And you are talking about the Rothschild family, which has been at the center of anti-Semitic conspiracies since the 19th century,” continues the journalist.
“I didn’t know that,” Greene interrupts. ” I’ve no idea. I’m telling you. »
Greene says in the video that at the time of publication she was just “an ordinary American, who has never been in politics”, adding that she did not know the backgrounds, names or families of the people in politics.
“But now that you know it, now that we’ve told you…”, says the journalist before being interrupted by a supporter who tells him that people don’t care.
“Anti-Semitism is progressing at an alarming rate,” continues the journalist.
A visibly irritated Greene then retaliates.
“You accuse me of something I didn’t do, then you try to blame me for anti-Semitism,” Greene says. “You are such a liar. You have to stop. »
The reporter asks Greene if she might be inadvertently contributing to anti-Semitism.
“Not at all,” Greene replies angrily. “Look, I’m a Christian. I support Israel. I am one of the most pro-Israel voters in Congress. So why don’t you judge me on these things instead of twisting and turning what you think I was writing in some 2018 Facebook posts? »
After Greene’s post was unearthed by left-leaning Media Matters researchers last year, Jewish groups including the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise called on Greene to stand down for spreading the conspiracy theory that, according to them, contained an anti-Semitic trope.
Previously, Greene has dismissed any reports that she believes in a “Jewish space laser” as “fake news.”
Newsweek contacted Greene for comment.