TALLAHASSEE – A video of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronting gun control activist and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg surfaced years ago online on Wednesday, fueling a new wave of outrage at the the story of the Republican of Georgia who calls into question a dark chapter in Florida that left 17. dead.
Greene, in the video, which was apparently filmed just weeks after the Parkland shooting in 2018, calls Hogg a “coward” because he walks away from her and complains that Hogg was able to meet with senators. “He had 30 appointments where he went and was able to speak to the senators. I don’t have to talk to anyone, ”Greene said, adding,“ Guess what? I own a firearm. I am an American citizen. And I have nothing. But this guy with his George Soros funding and massive Liberal funding has it all. “
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was one of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, put the video on Twitter as part of his campaign to highlight Greene’s positions on the issue.
“She will face her lies,” he said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “It’s a fraud. It has no place in the halls of Congress. I intend to provide him with proof of my daughter’s murder.
The video also shows Greene following Hogg down the street as he walks towards the U.S. Capitol. Greene asks why Hogg supports “red flag laws” – which are measures that allow police to ask a judge to let them take someone’s guns away if the person is perceived to be a danger potential. The government of the day in Florida. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a measure that included a red flag law following the Parkland murders.
Guttenberg has been clashing with the freshman lawmaker online since last week, after social media posts released two years ago show Greene siding with conspiracy theories that the Parkland shoot was staged. A Democrat and activist, he has vowed to eventually meet Greene face to face in order to show him proof that his 14-year-old daughter, Jaime, was shot. The MP has already become a political lightning rod for embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory and for one long series of racist comments before being elected to a conservative district in November.
Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) Had circulated the video in November 2019. In the interview, Guttenberg said he knew the video was taken before Greene was elected to Congress last year, but that he hadn’t heard of it until Tuesday. evening.
The discovery of Greene’s past comments has already caused a firestorm for Republicans, Democrats and their allies. A super PAC targeting Senator Marco Rubio – “Retire Rubio” – asked why the senator did not condemn Greene’s “harassment” of Hogg.
Neither Rubio’s nor Scott’s office responded to requests for comment on Greene’s video and his denunciation of red flag laws.
Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina Petty was killed in the shooting, said that when someone with authority or celebrity calls “these real tragedies false flag operations” it is cruel and hurtful to the families who have suffered. the true loss of a loved one. a. “Petty, a Republican who was appointed to the State Board of Education by Gov. Ron DeSantis, added that” the purveyors of these baseless conspiracy theories demonstrate a contempt for the truth and irreparably damage all causes. for which they proclaim their support.
Wednesday, Hogg weighed in on the video, stating on Twitter that “after surviving gun violence, only 1/10 of the 1% of supporters of gun control harassment face.”
He added: “Do you think we want to do this? @mtgreenee. F — no – I would much prefer being able to be a student but me and the others can’t and you know why? Corrupt BC politicians like you did, so it’s up to gun violence survivors to end gun violence because you can’t do your fucking job.
When asked for comment on Greene’s video, his office pointed to a statement Georgia’s representative posted on Twitter last week where she called the “gun-free zones” a failure and blamed the Parkland shooting on school resources officer Scot Peterson. During the shooting, Peterson took cover and retreated, according to the state commission set up as a result to investigate the event.
Representative Ted Deutch, a Democrat from South Florida whose district includes high school, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that the pain and trauma the attack left on the community is still reverberating today. “I encouraged the survivors to come to Washington to confront members of Congress about their cowardice and inability to act,” he said. “I know they will come back to face these cruel and despicable lies.”
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Democrat, said Hogg showed “Bravery in his work for common sense gun reform.” She called Greene’s behavior “cowardly” and said “it is a political coup and unworthy of a member of Congress.”