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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Jewish space laser post shot her into the Jewish press; there was just too much there, comedic and serious, to give it up. While the statement was made before her election, she has refused to apologize for her comments, according to CNN.
Antisemitism is not alone among Greene’s problematic beliefs — as is often the case, it comes along with myriad other conspiracy theories. She has also used anti-Black and anti-Muslim rhetoric, promoted death threats against prominent Democrats and supported the false claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 election. But to make this list manageable, we’ve limited it to her antisemitic statements.
When Greene was elected, many outlets noted her previous support for QAnon, which she had mentioned in videos and written about in a blog post.
QAnon, a set of conspiracy theories based off on the cryptic posts of an author who goes by Q, has gained traction among the far right. The beliefs it promotes include a cultlike support of Trump and a theory about a satanic cabal of pedophiles who secretly rule the world.
QAnon’s conspiracy theories echo the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the source of one of the most enduring antisemitic conspiracy theories in history, which proposes that a secret group of Jews controls the world, and also references blood libel.
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Greene, on a now defunct site called American TruthSeekers, wrote that Q is a “patriot.” She also wrote that the secret, Satanist cabal Q believes rules the world is funded by George Soros and the Rothschilds, both frequent targets of antisemitic allegations of global control and domination.
The murder of Seth Rich
Rich was a Democratic National Committee staffer from a Jewish family. He was murdered in 2016, during what appeared to have been a botched robbery. Conspiracy theories arose soon after his death, including baseless claims that his death was a political assassination committed by Democrats, following Rich’s supposed involvement with leaked DNC emails. Several major media outlets, including Fox News, seized upon these theories.
In a now-deleted tweet and again in a separate video, Rep. Greene stated that President Obama had Rich killed by the MS-13 street gang.
Promoting an antisemitic and anti-Muslim video
A 2015 video, which appeared to be the result of a collaboration between 4chan and 8chan users — both message forums which lean heavily toward fringe conspiracy theories — spliced Barbara Lerner Spectre, an Israeli-American academic, out of context so that she appeared to be discussing a Jewish plan to destroy Europe.
The video also quoted Nick Griffin, a former leader of far-right British political party, warning about an “unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists” plotting to destroy European society by “breeding us out of existence in our own homelands.”
Greene shared the video in 2018, complaining that she had been censored from speaking about the issue of “illegal invaders.”
Calling George Soros a Nazi
In videos unearthed by Politico, Greene goes on hourslong rants against Muslims, Democrats and Soros. Frustrated with his criticisms of Trump, Greene accused the billionaire Holocaust survivor of collaborating with Nazis and “[turning] in his own people over to the Nazis.” Later, she called Soros “the Nazi himself trying to continue what was not finished.”
References to the Deep State and globalist open borders
Greene once alleged that a plane never hit the Pentagon on 9/11, instead stating that it was a missile. While she has now apologized for this statement, and said she now believes that it was a plane in a terrorist attack, her apology contains several antisemitic tropes.
Greene tweeted that she was “being attacked for my opposition to open borders and globalist neocon nation building wars,” adding that she had been tricked because “our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it’s hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not.”
The Deep State is a conspiracy theory based on the antisemitic trope of a secret cabal; the terms “globalism” and “open borders” are both dog whistles for a white nationalist theory that Jews and other minorities are attempting to destroy white society.
Supporting the Pizzagate conspiracy theory
Pizzagate, which went viral during the 2016 election campaign, alleged that leaked Democratic emails included coded references to a child sex ring. Pizzagate is often connected to QAnon and sometimes referred to as its predecessor, as they share many similar themes, including the accusation of Democratic child sex trafficking.
Claiming Charlottesville was an ‘inside job’
Writing on American Truthseekers in 2017, Greene theorized that James Alex Fields Jr., who drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protestors at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was actually a Democrat on the payroll of George Soros. She further alleged that Heather Heyer’s death was an inside job and that the entire neo-Nazi rally was a false flag operation to “further the agenda of the elites.”
Heckling David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland shooting and gun activist
In March 2019, David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, was in DC to advocate for gun control. Greene filmed herself as she chased Hogg down the street, calling him a coward and accusing him of being funded by George Soros.
Hogg has denied receiving any funding from Soros.
In a recently uncovered Facebook post, Greene alleged that space lasers were responsible for the 2018 California wildfire known as the Camp Fire. The lasers, she said, were funded by the Rothschilds and were being used to clear forest for a high-speed rail line when they missed, sparking a fire.
Alleging that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had used a body double
This one is perhaps more weird than exactly antisemitic, but in 2019 on a streaming program for pro-Trump site UniteAmericaFirst.com, a caller suggested that a photo of RBG walking through an airport was not the actual Supreme Court Justice, since she looked too healthy. Greene agreed with the caller, saying she did not believe it was the justice. Her co-host also alleged that Hillary Clinton has used a body double.
Posing with Ku Klux Klan leader Charles Dole
While Greene has denied that she knows him, Dole has referred to her as a “friend” and she can be seen posing for a picture with him, holding a sign for his alt-right group American Patriots USA. Being friends with a neo-Nazi is perhaps not something antisemitic Greene said, technically speaking, but it’s certainly still a statement.