Twitter users mocked Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene after she erroneously claimed vaccine mandates amount to "segregation."
The latest attempt to declare victimhood started when Greene attacked Argosy, an Atlanta, Georgia-based restaurant, after it announced it would refuse to serve unvaccinated customers. The restaurant had requested, via a post on Instagram, unvaccinated people not enter the establishment citing concerns for the "health and safety" of its staff.
Greene railed at the announcement, likening it to Jim Crow-era segregation.
"Will you be testing everyone at the door for the flu, strep throat, stomach bugs, colds, meningitis, aids, venereal diseases, Hep A, Hep C, staff infections, athletes foot, pink eye, croup, bronchitis, ringworm, scabies, or any other contagions?"
This is called segregation. Will you be testing everyone at the door for the flu, strep throat, stomach bugs, cold… https://t.co/FEJubtktiV— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸) 1627267697.0
"Segregation," according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as "the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means."
The term refers to specific exclusionary acts, such as those that disproportionately impacted the Black community in the United States and whose legacy the country still reckons with today.
It does not, contrary to what Greene might believe or state publicly, refer to actions taken by privately-owned businesses to respond to an ongoing public health emergency.
As expected, Greene was swiftly criticized for her misuse of the term.
@mtgreenee Look up the word segregation! And quit using it as something isn't If a business chooses to not let non… https://t.co/2ASsDrdGeP— Fran 🌊🌊🌊 (@Fran 🌊🌊🌊) 1627267904.0
BACKLASH OF DENYING SERVICE TO UNVACCINATED: As the Delta variant spreads, many private businesses around the count… https://t.co/ldmaStgtux— The View (@The View) 1627401840.0
@mtgreenee Private business, their rules. Being anti-vaxx is not a protected class.— MT Greene's Llama 🇺🇲🦙 (@MT Greene's Llama 🇺🇲🦙) 1627267766.0
Who else thinks Marjorie Taylor Greene knows literally nothing about history? https://t.co/x8oEjoyybe— Phil Arballo (@Phil Arballo) 1627343030.0
@mtgreenee Segregation. Hahahaha. Like most “words”, you do not understand the definition of segregation. Looks lik… https://t.co/6gN3h7baw6— Marty Pallman (@Marty Pallman) 1627270421.0
Supergenius Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Thoughts About Vaccines, Segregation, ‘Staff Infections’… https://t.co/02i56olFfP— dcombest (@dcombest) 1627342247.0
@mtgreenee No shoes no shirt no service. Businesses have the legal right to decline service. Period.— Critical Thinking (@Critical Thinking) 1627267910.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene has called the exclusion of the unvaccinated "segregation" which, based on everything else s… https://t.co/dFu4tQSsQG— Sid Social Distance Singh (@Sid Social Distance Singh) 1627318046.0
@mtgreenee Reminder 1: private businesses can choose the terms of their services. Customers may choose to go elsewh… https://t.co/Bo9kL8q4nW— Walpurga Müller-Schm (@Walpurga Müller-Schm) 1627273918.0
@mtgreenee No ma’am. This is the free market. They made a choice and so did you. Now if you don’t like it you can e… https://t.co/NZbufNcHtm— Alex Eff Brown (@Alex Eff Brown) 1627267952.0
Ignoring the fact that unvaccinated people have the opportunity to be vaccinated. People of color during segregatio… https://t.co/L58HAGe6cD— TrollingWithTheCronies (@TrollingWithTheCronies) 1627315303.0
Greene should know a thing or two about the free market.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. She was also the CEO of Taylor Commercial, a general contracting firm founded by her father.
She even worked for some time as a CrossFit coach and co-founded a CrossFit gym.
But when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States' premier "QAnon Congresswoman" is best known for trafficking conspiracy theories and misinformation.
Greene stoked controversy earlier this year after she invoked the Holocaust in reference to lockdown measures and mask-wearing.
Greene said in May:
"You know, we can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany."
"And this is exactly the type of abuse that [Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi is talking about."
First the Holocaust and then segregation?
It appears Greene can't make up her mind on which human rights atrocity to invoke while criticizing common-sense public health measures.