Earlier this week, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, insisted that she and other Republicans are "against hate," a claim that was immediately countered by The Recount, a video journalism-focused media company that produced a striking supercut of Greene's own words.
In the video tweeted by The Recount, Greene says she’s “heard a lot of conversation from my colleagues across the aisle about Islamophobia in America, which we … are completely against hate of any kind against anyone.”
But the video then cuts to footage of Greene's prior Islamophobic remarks, including her suggestion that there is an ongoing "Islamic invasion" of the United States government and her claim that "Democrats are controlled now by the Jihad squad.”
You can watch the video below.
The video soon went viral. Many concurred with its assessment and criticized Greene for her blatant hypocrisy and called for her constituents to vote her out of Congress.
Greene's hateful rhetoric has taken center stage in recent weeks after she said people should "never apologize to Islamic terrorist sympathizers, communists, or those who fund murder with our tax dollars," in an attack against Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.
Greene said Omar and "the Jihad Squad are all three and are undeserving of an apology."
Greene issued her remarks in response to the controversy swirling around Representative Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican who, along with Greene, is one of the more high-profile members of a Republican caucus that has continued to push back against COVID-19 restrictions and traffick conspiracy theories and falsehoods about the integrity of the 2020 general election.
Boebert sparked outrage and was accused of expressing anti-Muslim sentiment after she branded Omar a member of the "Jihad Squad."
The use of the term "Jihad Squad" has proven controversial.
Omar is one of three Muslim members of Congress, the others being Democrats André Carson (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan).
She is also one of the members of "The Squad," a group of six Democratic members of the House that was initially composed of Omar, Tlaib, and their fellow Representatives Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).
The phrase "Jihad Squad" first emerged in 2019 when the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association included it in an image posted to their social media accounts that depicted the four women holding guns and standing defiantly.
The image has been included as evidence of the "process of radicalization," according to the political scientists Richard C. Fording and Sanford F. Schram, who in their book Hard White: The Mainstreaming of Racism in American Politicsnoted the image appeared to "anticipate being called out for racism" with a caption that read:
"Political Jihad Is Their Game: If you don't agree with their socialist ideology, you're racist."
Omar later issued a response calling Boebert a "deprived person who shamefully defecates & defiles the House of Representatives."