Marjorie Taylor Greene, a right-wing Republican lawmaker who often spreads false information regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and people who warn about its danger, is being chastised for owning stock in vaccination companies.
Greene formally declared income from shares in AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson this summer, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the latter two of which make two of the three key vaccinations given out across the US.
Each of the three companies paid her between $201 and $1,000, according to her disclosure form.
Jennifer Strahan, Greene’s Republican primary opponent, used a Twitter poll to encourage followers to guess how many vaccine firms Greene owns.
Despite the multiple incidences of abuse and misinformation in which she has become embroiled, Strahan faces exceedingly long odds in her bid to unseat the far-right incumbent, who has proven to be one of the Republican Party’s most feared fundraisers.
Greene, whose embrace of irrational, racist, and often violent conspiracy theories has made her worldwide famous, has been one of the most outspoken anti-vaccine voices among Republican lawmakers.
She spoke at the “Americafest” conference put organized by the far-right youth organizing group Turning Point USA this weekend, telling the crowd she was still refusing to get her shot.
“I’m not vaccinated,” she said to cheers from the crowd. “And they’re going to have a hell of a time if they want to hold me down and give me a vaccine.”
The official Turning Point USA Twitter account praised the Americafest audience’s universally unmasked faces. It tweeted, “Welcome back, America!”
Greene has also shared unsubstantiated anti-vaccine misinformation on Twitter, claiming that thousands of people have died after being inoculated against Covid-19, and specifically railing against the Pfizer vaccine, claiming that “Many people’s personal testimonies are saying they are still getting sick with covid and vaccinated people are spreading it. It should NOT be approved or mandated”.
Marge Greene today: “I’m not vaccinated. And they’re going to have a hell of a time if they want to hold me down and give me a vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/xvX4QD2zOI
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 19, 2021
Pfizer had barred her, she said in November. “How incredibly childish. If Pfizer can block people then we can block their vaccines.”
Greene made headlines earlier this week when she used the term “yellow people” in response to charges that the GOP is a “white supremacist party.”
In her Sunday opening remarks on the second day of “AmericaFest,” a conference organized by conservative group Turning Point USA, the Georgia Republican used the phrase, which was traditionally used as a derogatory slur against Asian people.
“So, I’ve never been to one of these events before,” said Greene. “I’ve heard a little bit about them. I’ve seen a little bit of this event, this type of event before.”
“And when I walked in yesterday, I was like, ‘What kind of people come here?’” she continued. “So I’m walking around and seeing some good people and I see white people, Black people, brown people, yellow people…
“And then there’s talk of freedom and loving America and conservative principles, some crazy people in here were talking about how much they love this guy named Jesus. And I heard—someone I really like—I think I heard that a lot of people here like a guy named Donald J. Trump.”
“And then I said ‘Oh, oh, I know exactly what this is. The Left calls this a white supremacist party,’” Greene said. “Okay, okay, I know what I’m going to now.”
“Yellow” is a well-known racial insult when applied to Asian people. The term “yellow peril,” which refers to a racist ideology that portrays Asian people as a threat to Western nations and ideals, may be traced back to the eighteenth century in the United States.
This idea resulted in racist caricatures in popular culture, as well as hate speech, xenophobia, and violence directed at Asian immigrants. The COVID-19 outbreak has reignited long-standing anti-Asian animosity.
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