On Sept. 4, 2020, congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posted an image of herself holding a gun in front of an image of “The Squad,” an informal nickname for House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color, along with a message stating that Americans must “take our country back” and “DEFEAT THE DEMOCRATS!”
The Facebook post also carried the caption, presumably describing Greene, as the “Squad’s Worst Nightmare.”
This post has since been removed by Facebook for violating its policies, but an archived version is still available here.
Greene, who U.S. President Donald Trump called a future star of the Republican Party, has a history of making inflammatory remarks. Politico reported that Greene, who is also a supporter of QAnon, an unfounded and wide-ranging collection of conspiracy theories centered around the idea that Trump is in the middle of a biblical war against a “deep state” of satanic, baby-eating politicians, said that politicians like Omar, a Muslim, was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”
The candidate, Marjorie Taylor Greene, suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party”; called George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would feel “proud” to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War.
In recordings obtained by POLITICO, Greene described Islamic nations under Sharia law as places where men have sex with “little boys, little girls, multiple women” and “marry their sisters” and “their cousins.” She suggested the 2018 midterms — which ushered in the most diverse class of House freshmen — was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government” and that “anyone that is a Muslim that believes in Sharia law does not belong in our government.”
Omar posted a message about Greene’s Facebook post, calling it an incitement to violence:
Posting a photo with an assault rifle next to the faces of three women of color is not advertising. It’s incitement.
There are already death threats in response to this post.
Facebook should remove this violent provocation. https://t.co/VYKzRv6VcB
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 4, 2020
Greene responded, telling Omar to “relax,” and that it’s “just a meme”:
Relax @IlhanMN, it’s just a meme.
What isn’t a meme is BLM / ANTIFA violence, rioting, and destruction that occurred on Minneapolis streets.
While your city was being burned and innocent people of color like David Dorn were killed, you called BLM / ANTIFA peaceful protesters. https://t.co/IDnDZbDki5
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress?? (@mtgreenee) September 4, 2020