Marjorie Taylor Greene Was a Moderator of a Facebook Group Featuring Death Threats and Racist Memes

It promoted assorted conspiracy theories—and even the John Birch Society.

Before she was elected to the House of Representatives as a member from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Trumpy, QAnon-friendlyconspiracy-toting, gun-lovin’, mass-shooting-denying, assassination-promoting lightning-rod Republican, was a top official of the Family America Project, a right-wing outfit. In that capacity, she served as one of a handful of moderators of the group’s Facebook page, which has provided a forum for death threats against Democrats, bigoted attacks on the Obamas and others, and assorted conspiracy theories. The group has also championed the John Birch Society, a far-right conspiracist outfit that claimed throughout the Cold War that globalist and communist treason had penetrated the highest levels of US government.

Greene’s official congressional biography proudly identifies her as the onetime national director of the Family America Project, which describes itself as a “national umbrella organization connecting, uniting, and informing statewide grassroots groups and activists; working together and mobilizing to support President Trump [and] American roots and culture.” The group was founded in January 2018 and is headed by Genevieve Peters, a veteran conservative activist who calls herself a “Christian, passionate President Trump supporter & constitutional defender.” Peters, an ardent coronavirus conspiracist, may be best known for a viral video from May capturing her refusal to wear a mask inside a California Trader Joe’s store.

Much of the group’s political activity has been standard conservative fare—opposing sanctuary cities and abortion rights, boosting Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court appointments. Its Facebook page promoted the January 6 March that led to the murderous raid on the U.S. Capitol. According to the page, Greene has been one of its 1,700 members for three years. While her bio does not specify what her duties were as the organization’s national director, the group’s page still lists her as one of just nine moderators.

Under the watch of Greene and that small group, the page has served as a platform for some of the right’s darkest notions. A 2018 post shared on the page contained an image of a noose with the superimposed words, “If you want to make America great again, we will have to make evil people fear punishment again.” The poster added, “Start with Hillary and obama!” (Greene endorsed hanging Obama and Hillary Clinton on her own Facebook page that year.) 

Another post from 2018 on the Family America Project page showed a Punisher skull with blood-red eyes: “God Will Judge Our Enemies. We’ll Arrange the Meeting.”

Other posts make clear that the group’s members considered their political opponents to be enemies of the nation and worthy targets of violence. A post with an American flag stated, “I will defend my country against all enemies foreign and domestic, including liberal Democrats.” Another said that “Some people need a caress…(Democrats) On the head with a hammer….Democrats The Evil Amongst US Seeking to Destroy And To Kill.” A 2019 message depicted the murderous psychopath from the movie Sling Blade holding a glinting weapon and saying, “I reckon I’ve had enough of this Democrat shit. How about you?”

The page has featured posts boosting a wide variety of conspiracy theories, including some related to QAnon. One declared “#pizzagate is real”—endorsing a the nutty notion that Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats ran a pedophile ring out of a Washington, DC, pizzeria. One post claimed John F. Kennedy Jr., whose 1999 air crash death is questioned by factions of Q believers, was murdered in an act of sabotage. Billionaire George Soros, a frequent target of conspiratorial anti-semitic attacks, was regularly discussed, with one post asserting he funds nearly all of “the Democratic liberal agenda.” Another falsely identified him as an “ex-Nazi billionaire” who has sworn to “Destroy the USA” and who “OWNS Antifa, most members of congress, Black Lies Matter, and Acorn.”

Published by amongthefray

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