Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had only just completed her bipartisan rage-tweet before returning from castigating “both parties” for America’s problems to blaming Democrats exclusively. Greene portrays a world in which the United States has no enemies worth mentioning outside its own borders, and where the chief danger to the future of the U.S. is the opposing political party within it.
Speaking to former Trump advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle, who does not interrupt or question Greene’s assertions, Greene mentions only vaguely what she believes American problems actually are. Instead, the Congresswoman launches a fear-stoking rhetoric that equates Democrats not just with Communists, but with Stalin-style Communism wherein dissenting voices are silenced by being incarcerated.
We need to remember exactly who the Democrats are.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) May 5, 2023
They would have loved to put all of us in jail.
They want to fundamentally change America.
Republicans should never forget the enemy we are dealing with. You can’t work with Communists. pic.twitter.com/uCJtEQI4ww
“We need to always remember who the Democrats are. These are the same people who when they were in charge last Congress, they would have loved to put every single one of us in jail. They would have loved to put you and your family in jail. President Trump in jail. People in his administration in jail,” Greene says. “They wanted to end everything that we know to exist.”
Guilfoyle does not ask Greene about the breadth of her accusation, which asserts that Democrats would imprison conservative families (“to put you and your family in jail”). Nor is Greene questioned about the logic of her assertions, even after Greene says that those who allegedly want to put conservatives in jail were “in charge last Congress” — and yet no Republican lawmaker was sent to prison.
Greene also implies that, rather than China or Iran or Russia, the Democratic Party “is the enemy we are dealing with.” Without saying what it is, specifically, that this enemy is doing, Greene says “we have to end what they have been doing to this country and to the American people.”
Green’s dog whistle is that “they want to fundamentally change America.” Her constituency, as she understands it, is one that doesn’t like certain kinds of change.