‘Masks are oppressive’: Marjorie Taylor Greene condemns mask-wearing during new member orientation for Congress
Republican Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene is already at the center of controversy following her recent condemnation of masks amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Greene, a known QAnon conspiracy theorist, took to Twitter on Friday to offer her take on masks. The newly elected Georgia lawmaker shared details about the first congressional orientation session as she falsely claimed that masks are "oppressive" and used the hashtag #FreeYourFace.
She tweeted, "Our first session of New Member Orientation covered COVID in Congress. Masks, masks, masks.... I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive. In GA, we work out, shop, go to restaurants, go to work, and school without masks. My body, my choice."
Our first session of New Member Orientation covered COVID in Congress. Masks, masks, masks.... I proudly told my… https://t.co/0eSTr51xGY— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1605287921.0
Currently, Washington D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has a mask mandate in place which requires masks be worn in the Capitol as well as any other area around the city. For months now, Greene has pushed back against coronavirus mitigation guidelines while continuing to spread misinformation perpetuated by QAnon believers. However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claims Greene has denounced QAnon.
While speaking with reporters on Thursday, McCarthy said, "The only thing I would ask of the press is to give these new members, give them an opportunity before you claim what you believe they had done what they will do."
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