Marjorie Taylor Greene Suggests COVID-19 Response Teams Will Be Met With Guns In The South
The Georgia republican spoke at a fundraiser in Alabama where she suggested that Joe Biden’s “police-state friends” going door-to-door “might not like the welcome they get.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made comments at a recent fundraiser suggesting that federal workers trying to encourage Southerners to get the COVID-19 vaccine “might not like the welcome they get” from gun owners.
Greene spoke at a Republican fundraiser in Dothan, Alabama at the end of July where media outlets were reportedly told they couldn’t attend. Radio host David Parkman secretly recorded Greene’s speech, in which she applauds Alabama for its low vaccination rate.
“You lucky people here in Alabama might get a knock on your door because I hear Alabama might be one of the most unvaccinated states in the nation,” Greene said, as the audience cheered. “Well, Joe Biden wants to come talk to you guys. He’s gonna be sending one of his police-state friends to your front door. To knock on the door, take down your name, your address, your family member’s names, your phone numbers, your cell phone numbers. Probably ask for your social security number and whether you’ve taken the vaccine or not.”
Greene didn’t specify who would come door-to-door but was likely referring to the White House announcing last month a new program that would send COVID-19 “surge response” teams to parts of the country that are experiencing spikes in cases. The teams were formed in response to the rapidly spreading Delta variant and are made up of staff from several agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The teams are meant to help local governments with the heightened cases by providing supplies and testing, along with helping to promote vaccination.
“Well what they don’t know is in the South, we all love our Second Amendment rights and we’re not real big on strangers showing up on our front door, are we? They might not like the welcome they get,” Greene told the crowd.
According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 36% of adults 18 to 64 in Alabama are fully vaccinated — the lowest of any state. Surrounding southern states Mississippi and Louisiana closely follow Alabama’s low vaccination rate. Alabama has reported more than 48,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past month, including at least 216 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
Greene has for months pushed her anti-vaccination agenda, has rejected mask mandates within the U.S. Capitol and has spread conspiracy theories about Dr. Anthony Fauci. Her attack on Fauci has become a full-blown campaign to try and oust the White House chief medical advisor.
“Let me tell you something else that makes me sick. We have a man that no one elected — you didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for him,” Green said. “I’m talking about Dr. Tony Fauci.”
Greene then pushed the unsubstantiated claim that Fauci helped fund research in a Wuhan, China lab that resulted in the COVID-19 virus. Other Republican leaders including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have shifted their focus to a 2017 study that they claim was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where Fauci is a director. Both Paul and Greene allege the research was what’s known as “gain-of-function,” which is a process that makes viruses or other microorganisms more transmissible in order to understand how it adapts in an environment, and are suggesting that’s how the COVID-19 virus emerged.
The NIH debunked these claims by clarifying it “supported grants to learn more about viruses lurking in bats and other mammals,” but never approved “any grant that would have supported ‘gain-of-function’ research on coronaviruses that would have increased their transmissibility or lethality for humans.”
“Dr. Tony Fauci funded, with your tax dollars, he funded it in the Wuhan lab, didn’t he? He funded COVID-19. The gain-of-function research — that is his baby. That is his experiment,” Greene continued.
In comments under the video of Greene’s fundraiser speech, several people pointed out how she flip-flopped between applauding Alabama for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 but also talking about how the virus has “gotten people sick, and they’re dying.”
According to Alabama Political Reporter, roughly 97% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.