Controversial lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) acknowledged Thursday afternoon the 9/11 terrorist attacks really happened while insisting inflammatory remarks she’s made “do not represent me.”
Greene, who has been under fire for past racist and anti-Semitic remarks and support of conspiracy theories including QAnon and the false assertion that school shootings are hoaxes, spoke on the House floor ahead of a vote to remove her from committee assignments, saying she regrets being “allowed to believe things that weren’t true.”
The Georgia representative described at the end of 2017 becoming “very interested” in QAnon, which involves the false belief in a satanic cabal made up of prominent Democrats, but said that she later “started finding misinformation” in these online posts and then “stopped believing it.”
“You see, school shootings are absolutely real,” Greene said, adding that “9/11 absolutely happened” and “I do not believe that it’s fake.” She previously questioned in 2018 if the Pentagon was actually hit by a plane on Sept. 11.
Greene went on to assert that her “words of the past” don’t “represent me” or “my values,” even though she’s under fire for comments made just within the past few years, while at the same time drawing an equivalence between QAnon and the news media.
“Will we allow the media, that is just as guilty as QAnon of presenting truth and lies, to divide us?” she asked.
Greene did not offer a direct apology during her remarks. A floor vote to remove her from her committee assignments is set to take place later on Thursday.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “A lot of Americans don’t trust our government…I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true…and that is absolutely what I regret because if it weren’t for the Facebook posts & comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today.” pic.twitter.com/TLfVmvbvqn
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 4, 2021