Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene found herself embroiled in a Twitter storm after expressing her disapproval of an LGBTQ+ Pride flag displayed outside the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
Greene's remarks came during her speech at a conference organized by the right-wing college group Turning Point USA.
Taking offense at the LGBTQ flag flying alongside the American flag and the Texas state flag, Greene launched into a tirade criticizing its presence. Known for her history of homophobic rants, she expressed her disdain for what she perceived as a focus on people's sexual orientations dictating the display of flags.
You can hear what she said in the video below.
“Shame on them. Shame on them. Shame on them for hanging that flag out there. Shame on them."
"Because it shouldn’t be about what people do sexually that causes us to hang a flag somewhere.”
“The only flags that should ever be hung are our United States flag and a state flag, so shame on the Gaylord. I’m surprised one of y’all hasn’t shimmied up that flag pole yet and taken it down.”
Greene's comments drew swift backlash from critics who accused her of hypocrisy, highlighting her support for individuals involved in the January 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection who proudly displayed Trump and Confederate flags during the attack.
Twitter users were quick to point out the inconsistency of her stance.
They questioned how she could denounce the display of the rainbow flag while overlooking the presence of divisive symbols associated with the attack on the United States Capitol.
\u201c@mtgreenee What about the confederate and trump flags that were present at the \u201ctourist visit\u201d on January 6?\u201d— Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1686510478
As society progresses towards greater inclusivity, challenges persist in confronting prejudice and promoting a more tolerant and diverse society.
The Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center has not publicly responded to Greene's comments or the controversy surrounding the rainbow flag display.
The incident, however, highlights the ongoing struggle for acceptance and equality faced by LGBTQ individuals, even in public spaces.