Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene laughed at a question about people dying from Covid-19, telling the reporter: “You crack me up.”
The question came briefly after Twitter a day suspended the Republican of Georgia on her misinformation on the coronavirus, including that it “is not dangerous for people who are not obese and those under 65”.
On Tuesday, a reporter questioned Ms. Greene about the tweet.
“Do you feel responsible for the safety of people in Georgia? ” Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Tia mitchell request. “You know, there are children, skinny people who have died from the coronavirus. “
The member responded with a demonstrative laugh.
“Tia, you crack me up,” she said. “You know what? I think the responsibility of the people is theirs.
According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, nearly 250,000 of the approximately 609,000 Americans who died from Covid-19 were under 65. And although obesity increases the risk of serious illness from the virus, being thin does not provide immunity against it.
What provides immunity is vaccination, which Ms. Greene discourages.
“The controversial # COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65,” the congresswoman tweeted – incorrectly – on Monday.
Twitter responded by flagging the tweet as ‘misleading’ and suspending Ms Greene for 12 hours.
On Tuesday, the US representative showed no remorse over the misinformation, accusing Twitter of a “communist-style attack on free speech.”
She developed this argument at a press conference, during which Mitchell posed her question. On Twitter, many took offense at Ms Greene’s laughing response.
“600,000 Americans dead from # COVID19”, Lawyers for Good Government group tweeted. “But this is just a joke for Marjorie Taylor Greene. Well, millions of Americans who have lost loved ones aren’t laughing.
“So… we can agree that these people are not pro-life, are we?” ” another request, referring to Ms. Green’s stance against abortion.
“It’s a sad day in America when we can’t find people to represent us as a nation better than @mtgreenee,” someone else commented.
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