The video shows Greene following the then-teen as he walks toward the US Capitol and bombarding him with baseless claims about gun rights.
A recently-resurfaced video of Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronting Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg shortly after the 2018 attack went viral Wednesday. The video—which was captured before Greene was elected to Congress—added fuel to existing online outrage against the Republican as it comes amid reports that she indicated support for executing Democrats she disagreed with back in 2018 and 2019. The nearly two and a half-minute long clip spread like wildfire this week after it was shared on Twitter by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was among the 17 people killed in the school shooting.
NEW: Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in Facebook comments, videos, and likes in 2018 and 2019https://t.co/SPhtAHF2bn— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 26, 2021
"[Greene], is this you harassing David Hogg weeks after the Parkland shooting, that my daughter was killed in & he was in? Calling him a coward for ignoring your insanity. I will answer all of your questions in person. Get ready to record again," Guttenberg captioned the video. The video shows the Congresswoman following the then-teen as he walks toward the US Capitol to advocate for gun control. Greene can be heard making false and baseless claims as she asks Hogg a series of gun rights-related questions and how he was able to meet with senators.
"Why are you using kids as a barrier? Do you not know how to defend your stance? Look, I'm an American citizen, I'm a gun owner. I have a concealed carry permit, I carry a gun for protection for myself, and you are using your lobby and the money behind it and the kids to try to take away my Second Amendment rights," Greene says in the video. "You don't have anything to say for yourself? You can't defend your stance? You know, if school zones were protected with security guards with guns, there would be no mass shootings at schools. Do you know that? The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun. And yet you're attacking our Second Amendment. And you have nothing to say. No words."
I agree. That’s just a demon. She is a demon.— In between names (@AsianResister) January 27, 2021
That was the most impressive part and says a lot about David. Because I'm 46 and if I'm being honest she would've caught these hands.— Lollydee (@daiseywilliford) January 27, 2021
Wasn’t there a good guy with a gun at the school? I don’t know why people don’t see that Republicans to me only care about causes when it smacks them in the face. There is no compassion with these folks for others. Shit, a lot of us could take the view of gun owner but kids died— DenDen (@dendenh3) January 27, 2021
"Guess what, I'm a gun owner, I'm an American citizen, and I have nothing. But this guy with his George Soros funding and his major liberal funding has got everything. I want you to think about that. That's where we are. And he's a coward. He can't say one word because he can't defend his stance," Greene says at the end of the video as Hogg walks away. In a written statement to CNN, Greene said that the video was taken while she was in Washington, "going from office to office in the Senate to oppose the radical gun control agenda that David Hogg was pushing."
.@mtgreenee, is this you harassing @davidhogg111 weeks after the Parkland shooting, that my daughter was killed in & he was in? Calling him a coward for ignoring your insanity. I will answer all of your questions in person. Get ready to record again.pic.twitter.com/aQjL74x7kh— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 27, 2021
"In 11th grade, one of my fellow student took our school hostage with a gun he brought to our 'gun-free' school," Greene said. "I understand that fear firsthand and I will always work to protect our gun rights so that Americans can defend themselves and others against bad people intent to harm or kill them." Responding to the now-viral video in a series of tweets, Hogg said that it was an example of the kind of intimidation gun-violence survivors face while trying to prevent other mass shootings.
"After surviving gun violence this is just 1/10 of 1% of the harassment advocates for gun control have to deal with," he tweeted. "You think we want to be doing this [Greene]? F**k no- I'd much rather be able to be a college student but I & others can't & you know why? [Because] corrupt politicians like you have made it so it's on the survivors of gun violence to end gun violence [because] you can't do your damn job. Every day we are forced to act and fight through all our trauma to fight for those that can't because they were killed due to people like you refusing to do your job and protect kids not guns. Also the thousands I've had to spend on of therapy due to the trauma from the shooting and due to harassment and threats like this but also so much worse is absolutely ridiculous."
BTW part of the reason we were so calm with @mtgreenee harassing us was because we have been through similar stuff so many times before it’s just this time it was on video- and they’re in Congress now.— David Hogg (He / Him) (@davidhogg111) January 28, 2021
What you see in that video is about 0.1% of what we go through in a year.
One of the most useful things when dealing with people like @mtgreenee it knowing how to meditate as I’ve used often to cope with PTSD and ADHD.— David Hogg (He / Him) (@davidhogg111) January 28, 2021
As much as possible we can’t let our emotions dictate our thinking because that’s exactly what they want.
This is a parody but damn it was funny. https://t.co/BcpqvlMHOf— David Hogg (He / Him) (@davidhogg111) January 28, 2021
Guttenberg, who became an activist after his daughter was shot and killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, explained that he released the video on Twitter "to shine sunlight" on Greene. "This is what I'm going to do every day until I meet her in person," he said. "She and I are going to meet in person, and I will make sure it is recorded because I don't want there to be any question over what was said, how it was said, and facts. There won't be any questions as to facts. And I'm going to bring proof of what happened to my daughter."