On Wednesday, February 24, Democratic Congresswoman Marie Newman of Illinois, erected a transgender flag outside her office both to show support for the community and send a message to her neighbor, conspiracy-theory believing Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against tran… https://t.co/mhRVdj53qo— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@Congresswoman Marie Newman) 1614194929.0
Greene, never one to shy away from the opportunity to remind America of her bigoted ideas, imitated Newman's video with one of her own.
Outside her office, Greene hung up a poster with a transphobic message:
"There are TWO genders: Male & Female"
Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called "Equality" Act to destroy women’s rights and religious f… https://t.co/MfWIpwmQqf— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene) 1614209435.0
Newman responded in kind, calling out Greene's hate speech while also wondering why it wasn't being flagged by social media outlets like Facebook.
Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it as “hate speech… https://t.co/8PZ4HwRnv7— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@Congresswoman Marie Newman) 1614267608.0
Issues of LGBTQ+ equality are especially important to Newman, whose daughter is transgender.
Without the Equality Act, millions of Americans like my daughter can be denied housing, education, and more simply… https://t.co/NQc7PDf6bS— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@Congresswoman Marie Newman) 1614130344.0
On Twitter, Greene was harshly criticized by colleagues and pundits.
Dear Transgender Human Beings, I apologize for Marjorie Taylor Greene. I see you.— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1614257182.0
Hi friends and fam. Don’t even look at Marjorie Taylor Greene. Don’t even think about her. Don’t let her take up an… https://t.co/WuWrpnAjzQ— Yuh-Line Niou (@Yuh-Line Niou) 1614293016.0
Many Americans online were ashamed that they were being represented in Congress by someone like Marjorie Taylor Greene.
For every step of progress we take in the fight for equality, there are hateful folks like Marjorie Taylor Greene d… https://t.co/tk7RqHSlw4— Marie Newman (@Marie Newman) 1614260406.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene belongs far away from government.— Kim Mangone (@Kim Mangone) 1614290414.0
Many Republicans in Congress have continued to offer Greene her support despite her countless controversies.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Georgia) espouses antisemitism, bigotry, and racism on a daily basis. This is who the Rep… https://t.co/RdXiBaFFBt— Aaron Parnas (@Aaron Parnas) 1614262764.0
Is anyone else tired of talking about racist bigot Marjorie Taylor Greene? She’s offensive and extremely boring.— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1614271392.0
It's telling that Marjorie Taylor-Greene thought that a poster denying the existence of trans people was an appropr… https://t.co/yoNoICvnEC— Jess Zimmerman (@Jess Zimmerman) 1614278176.0
Some media outlets also gained some negative attention for posing the conflict between the two Congresswomen as a "feud."
@latimes It’s not a “feud.” One is a bigot, one is not.— Jake Palenske (@Jake Palenske) 1614315939.0
@latimes Bold to call denying the basic humanity of a colleague’s child a “feud”— pete 🚎 (@pete 🚎) 1614315900.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene continues to make national headlines with her shocking displays of transphobia.