What would Marjorie Taylor Greene do if she was in charge? She says she’d kick Chinese people out of the United States because COVID-19 has been killing people here for the past year.
Is it cognitive dissonance? After all, Greene has been railing against all the measures put in place to limit the damage COVID-19 does in the United States, complaining about masks, gym closures, and vaccines, and steadily insisting that healthy people aren’t in any real danger. See, for example, the tweet below from earlier this week, when she declared that the virus isn’t dangerous to anyone under 65 who isn’t “obese.”
The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.
With 6,000 vax related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone. https://t.co/JhYg3acrrK
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 19, 2021
Still, she doesn’t mind blaming Chinese people, very broadly, for those deaths. In the video below, she tells Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast that if she was in charge, she’d kick any Chinese people who are “loyal to the CCP” out of the United States.
Marjorie Taylor Greene talks about what she would do to the CCP if she was in charge. pic.twitter.com/hiR635BVdy
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 21, 2021
“I would come down on China so hard…I would kick out every single Chinese [sic] in this country that is loyal to the CCP. They would be gone.”
Of course, it’s not clear what criteria would be used to define someone as “loyal to the CCP,” or whether Greene is including American citizens of Chinese descent in her hypothetical plan. There is a long human history of assigning an ideology to an entire race or ethnic background in order to justify discrimination, though, and using “Chinese” as a noun rather than an adjective — that is, saying “every single Chinese” rather than “every single Chinese person” seems to give a clue.
In a separate clip, this one from CSPAN and posted by Greene herself, she gave a similar promise: if she was in charge, she wouldn’t allow people “loyal to the CCP” to be involved with colleges and universities, receive student VISAs, or operate businesses in the U.S.
China wants to dominate the world. Here’s how I would handle the CCP. pic.twitter.com/Hv6bUHcJEA
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) July 21, 2021
Again, she doesn’t say how she’d define people “loyal to the CCP” but does also speak in broad generalizations: “If America, if our government, if all of us together don’t get serious about who China is and what their goals are, then we’re the fools.”
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