Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s standing up for kids, who should be allowed to smile, speak, and learn. She seems to believe that wearing masks to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 prevents those activities, and this, according to her latest Newsmax interview, is why she’s refusing to wear a mask when she’s in the Capitol Building.
Greene has complained about COVID-19 safety protocols since before she was sworn in as a new Member of Congress just over a year ago, and despite wearing a mask on the House floor at times, as well as being photographed wearing one in other locations that require masks for admittance, she has made it one of her biggest public stances.
Greene, who has other financial investments related to her political rise, says that in her first year she’s been fined nearly $90k — which would represent around half of her $174k salary.
Marjorie Taylor Greene brags "I take the fines on the House floor. I'm up to almost $90,000 in fines" pic.twitter.com/I39RjjU1eg
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) January 5, 2022
Still, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $6 million her campaign has raised (OpenSecrets, here), and Greene, who campaigned on her business background (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an excellent analysis of how much she really knew about business and how much was just slapping her name on someone else’s work) leaning on a family construction business and her own gym ownership.
Greene doesn’t seem to be interested in backing down, and since the fines don’t seem to be hurting her, it’s possible she could continue this game through the second year of her term as well, unless other corrective measures are taken.
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