As the House of Representatives considers passage of H.R. 1, a bill aimed at stopping voter suppression and bolstering citizen's civil rights throughout the country, many Republicans have risen in protest.
Their motivations are obvious and sometimes explicit. Republicans believe that making voting fairer and easier for all people would hurt their chances of winning elections.
Yet, somehow, some Republicans' arguments are even worse than the truth.
On Tuesday, March 2, conspiracy-theory supporting GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia took to the floor of the House to argue the "real voter suppression" in our country is the metal detectors outside the halls of Congress.
the safety measures were added by the Capitol Police Department after a mob of Trump supporters including White supremacists and QAnon adherents stormed the Capitol complex killing a Capitol police officer, leading to the deaths of six others including two more officers who took their own lives in the aftermath and causing millions of dollars in damage.
You can watch Greene's remarks here:
Twitter couldn't believe this was a real thing an actual congressperson said.
Marjorie Taylor Greene calls metal detectors voter suppression, but has no problem with her state’s efforts to suppress actual votes.— anyone_want_chips (@anyone_want_chips)1614790720.0
Is Marjorie Taylor Greene nuts? https://t.co/EojSd0jYG9— Thomas Kaine (@Thomas Kaine)1614719338.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene, arguing against Democrats' election reform bill, says the "real voter suppression" is membe… https://t.co/9saM2XofD2— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1614712100.0
Greene argued, with complete sincerity, the lines she stands in to safely enter the House are voter suppression.
However the far longer lines Georgia citizens waited in to vote are just part of the process.
What warped, twisted, and sick minds the @GOP have https://t.co/H1mx0EnaJ8— Insane Possum (@Insane Possum)1614791541.0
Dearest Marjorie, Passing through metal detectors to enter a secure area at your workplace does not qualify as vot… https://t.co/9XYrAwgd5W— David B. Bernstein (@David B. Bernstein)1614790102.0
Greene's logic seemed almost unfathomably flawed.
@VICENews "Standing in line to vote isn't voter suppression but waiting to pass through a metal detector is." Like… https://t.co/EBZ0fBf6B6— Curtis Fraser (@Curtis Fraser)1614786726.0
Incites a riot...pissed she has to go through metal detector.https://t.co/v8b8jifILt— NurseSheepie 💙 (@NurseSheepie 💙)1614719161.0
Forget shortened voting times, voter ID, and an end to absentee voting. The real voter suppression is Marjorie Tayl… https://t.co/irkxRiBu2D— dimplasm🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇸 (@dimplasm🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇸)1614773741.0
As is so often the case, Greene is concerned with what's affecting her and doesn't care about what's happening to her constituents.
@thehill Is she a toddler? Never heard so much complaining about having to do the right thing.— Mel Persists (@Mel Persists)1614724956.0
@thehill Poor baby. You have to stand and take stuff out of your pockets? Bless your heart.— Darius Pinckney (@Darius Pinckney)1614724665.0
@thehill Yes, she's suffered so much while...waiting to clear security to enter her paid job, compared to some vote… https://t.co/NQYrN8gYHX— IKE DEVJI WEALTH LAWYER (@IKE DEVJI WEALTH LAWYER)1614724861.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene's role in Congress was limited after being stripped of her committee assignments.
But that apparently won't stop her from making the kind of claims that got her in trouble on the House floor.
@thehill TSA airport screenings: stand in long lines to enter the airplane, going through metal detectors, emptying our pockets— Lorenzo (@Lorenzo)1614724679.0
@RawStory If MTG and logic met they would explode. It's like matter and anti-matter🤣🤣🤣— Ronnie (@Ronnie)1614775122.0
Voting is an American right and making it as accessible as possible for citizens should be a priority for all elected representatives.