Relatives of victims who died in the February 2018 Parkland school shooting have demanded that Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene resign after she was found to have spread the conspiracy theory that the massacre was staged.
The watchdog Media Matters for America dug them out this week, and on Wednesday they were deleted.
Taylor Greene, 46, posted in May 2018 a story about disgraced Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson – who ran away when the Valentine’s Day shooting began – receiving a retirement pension.
In the comments section, someone wrote: ‘It’s called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting.’
Greene replied: ‘Exactly.’
Families of Parkland victims and survivors of the attack have called on Taylor Greene to resign
In May 2018 Taylor Greene posted an article about the security guard who ran from the shooting instead of protecting the students and staff. One commentator said the February 2018 attack was a ‘false flag planned shooting’, and Taylor Greene replied: ‘Exactly’
Taylor Greene also accused Peterson of being a paid actor who participated in the ‘show’
Another commenter wrote: ‘Kick back for going along with the evil plan. You know it’s not for doing a good job.’
Greene responded: ‘My thoughts exactly!! Paid to do what he did and keep his mouth shut!’
The Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting killed 17 students and members of staff at the Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland
Gun rights activists frequently claim that school shootings are ‘false flag’ events, orchestrated by Democrats with paid actors, rather than real victims. They believe the scenarios are staged to spur gun control.
Relatives of the 17 students and staff killed in the massacre furiously demanded she resign, and David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting, called on her to apologize.
‘Apologize Now or continue to spread these conspiracies and we will be sure to make the next 2 years of your life not only your last in Congress but a living hell as well,’ he said.
He added they would ‘also accept your resignation in place of an apology.’
Students are pictured fleeing the school as police respond to the active shooter calls
The school shooting sparked calls for gun control reform, but little has changed since 2018
March For Our Lives, the activist group born from the shooting to try and enact gun control, tweeted: ‘@mtaylorgreene, the shooting at our school was real. Real kids died and our community is still grieving today.
‘You should be ashamed of yourself and resign from congress.
‘Conspiracy theorists don’t deserve a seat in the people’s house.’
Taylor Greene issued a statement amid the controversy, insisting that more guns were needed in schools to protect the students and staff.
‘”Gun-free” school zones are a FAILURE,’ she said.
‘Laws that prevent legal ownership of firearms turn schools into targets,’ she wrote, promising to introduce legislation to repeal gun-free school zones.
She did not offer any kind of explanation for her comments about Stoneman Douglas shooting, or an apology.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie, 14, died in the attack, demanded she provide an explanation for her views.
‘@mtgreenee , your feelings on gun laws are irrelevant to your claim that Parkland never happened,’ he said.
‘You are a fraud who must resign. Be prepared to meet me directly in person to explain your conspiracy theory, and soon.’
A police car is seen outside the Parkland school following the February 2018 massacre
On Thursday Taylor Greene filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden.
The Republican Congresswoman argued the newly elected president is ‘unfit’ for office and ‘will do whatever it takes to bail out Hunter’.
In a statement Greene indicated she is accusing Biden of abusing his power as Vice President when his son served on a Ukrainian energy company’s board. It comes just one day after Biden was sworn into office.
Greene was on Sunday temporarily suspended from Twitter.
She has previously expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online.
She said in a statement Thursday: ‘President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing.
‘President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies,’
QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday she has filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden. The Republican Congresswoman from Georgia, 46, argued the newly elected president is ‘unfit’ for office and ‘will do whatever it takes to bail out Hunter’
In a statement Greene indicated she is accusing Biden of abusing his power as Vice President when his son served on a Ukrainian energy company’s board. It comes just one day after Biden was sworn into office, pictured Wednesday
Greene also released a video to Twitter announcing her decision. She said: ‘I’ve just filed articles of impeachment on president Joe Biden, we will see how this goes.’
Donald Trump was last week impeached for the second time for his role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol set up his trial in the Senate.
The former president was acquitted by the Senate in February last year on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress stemming from his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress made Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine a line of attack against the elder Biden during the 2020 election campaign.
Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing, and his father released a statement supporting his son.
President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress made Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine a line of attack against the elder Biden during the 2020 election campaign. Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible Wednesday
Joe Biden (L), flanked by is wife US First Lady Jill Biden (2nd L), Hunter Biden (R) and Ashley Biden (C), is sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Greene had already pledged on January 13: ‘On January 21st, I’m filing Articles of Impeachment on President-elect.
’75 million Americans are fed up with inaction. It’s time to take a stand. I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored.’
It is unlikely that Biden will be impeached with Democrats controlling the House.
Greene’s Twitter account was suspended ‘without explanation,’ she said in a statement over the weekend, while also condemning big tech companies for ‘silencing’ conservative views.
The businesswoman and political newcomer was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th District in November.
She’s gained large followings on social media in part by posting incendiary videos and comments and has also embraced QAnon.
QAnon followers grappled with anger, confusion and disappointment Wednesday as President Joe Biden was sworn into office.
The businesswoman and political newcomer was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th District in November. She’s gained large followings on social media in part by posting incendiary videos and comments and has also embraced QAnon
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks as President Donald Trump listens at a campaign rally in Dalton, Georgia on Monday, January 4. Greene was on Sunday temporarily suspended from Twitter. She has previously expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories
Congressional members and guests arrive for the the 59th inaugural ceremony on Wednesday