After Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia made headlines by hanging a transphobic poster outside of her office, many of her Democratic colleagues in the House have condemned her in no uncertain terms.
Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, who supports the House's Equality Act and also happens to be gay, was clearly affected by her bigotry.
What an awful person to serve in Congress. Putting up an anti-transgender sign across the hall from a colleague wit… https://t.co/pEXnPyjYGF— Mark Pocan (@Mark Pocan) 1614217412.0
Pocan would later take to the House floor to deliver a speech calling out his GOP colleagues for their bigotry.
I had a different speech prepared today—about the Equality Act and what it would mean to me & my husband of 16 year… https://t.co/Xekorizpux— Rep. Mark Pocan (@Rep. Mark Pocan) 1614285198.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP Thank you for making this so clear for the @GOP.... A vote against this bill is a vote for discr… https://t.co/PUHsmyYMEd— JMS (@JMS) 1614285850.0
Pocan said during his speech:
"I was going to talk about the need for equal treatment under the law, for everyone regardless of who they love.... But the QAnon vibe in this chamber has gone too far."
"This new QAnon spirit across the aisle is occurring in a nasty and hateful way. A lead GOP opponent of this bill actually posted an anti-trans poster on the wall outside her office, directly and intentionally across from a Democratic member of Congress with a trans daughter."
@repmarkpocan @warrenbowman @GOP Loved this speech. This is my pinned tweet, from back in 2018, supporting… https://t.co/uXvSYXv1B4— Kelley Willis (@Kelley Willis) 1614289215.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP u are a hero. u are right. u stand for freedom and all it means. most of the gop is frightened.… https://t.co/2uX4RBZZxb— Cassandra Vivian (@Cassandra Vivian) 1614300787.0
@repmarkpocan @cmclymer @GOP This was wonderful! No human has the right to tell another human WHO THEY ARE! People… https://t.co/SoXCMGiwbY— Andrea (@Andrea) 1614285889.0
Twitter was inspired by Pocan's impassioned speech and backed him up on Twitter.
@repmarkpocan @GOP Whenever anyone asks who my congressperson is, I’m always so excited to say it’s you! Thank you… https://t.co/NkBviyvTvA— Chris Holland (@Chris Holland) 1614285507.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP Thank you for this Congressman. All LGBTQI+ are appreciative and we will be at the ballot box in… https://t.co/JImiYqqBV7— J (@J) 1614294199.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP You don't represent my district, but I'm glad you represent queer people in congress. I'm one of… https://t.co/nww8LPeum8— Hannish Rogue #BLM (@Hannish Rogue #BLM) 1614287226.0
Some were shocked the GOP would condone such hatred from within their ranks.
@repmarkpocan @GOP Thank you. This is sooo awesome. That person is using bully and harassment tactics should not be… https://t.co/zrQHoMiQ43— Liz (@Liz) 1614287937.0
@repmarkpocan @JustTwin @GOP Thank you for calling out the obvious hate and lies being kept alive by the GQP member… https://t.co/SfEvsKDuW0— Byrd Lady🌊🦜🌊🦜🌊🦜🌊 (@Byrd Lady🌊🦜🌊🦜🌊🦜🌊) 1614350728.0
@repmarkpocan @Random_Neuro123 @GOP All true, especially the unfortunate reality that this IS where the GOP is toda… https://t.co/XGqknqNXW8— Really Mom (@Really Mom) 1614308562.0
LGBTQ+ Americans from inside and outside Pocan's district were glad he was in Congress to represent them.
@repmarkpocan @GOP WOOOOOOOO! Every time I get pissed about my representation from Ron Johnson (R-Russia) My dude… https://t.co/PPJmnmTEQ6— Jake - NOT from State Farm. 🌊🌊 (@Jake - NOT from State Farm. 🌊🌊) 1614290295.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP Thank you Rep. Pocan. I saw the video today of MTG putting that sign on the wall. I saw my Re… https://t.co/c3KHnjPTJE— sunnyskiesahead (@sunnyskiesahead) 1614303587.0
@repmarkpocan @GOP Thank you for the wonderful speech. @GOP is so filled with hate anymore, it's hard to fathom why… https://t.co/SDD3uDhPyF— SusanG Call your Senators 202-224-3121 (@SusanG Call your Senators 202-224-3121) 1614300444.0
There is a stark contrast between the GOP's approach to equality and the Democrats' approach.
That difference has never been clearer than now.