The mainstream media has been hyper-focused on previously little-known House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene after old videos surfaced of her allegedly promoting conspiracy theories.
Few, however, have spent equal time and energy on her statement yesterday denouncing those past views and her 20 minute speech earlier today explaining more about who she is and why she is passionate about being an elected official.
At the end of her speech, which covered a variety of topics, she warned Christians not to be lukewarm and to share the Gospel “with everyone.” You can see that full speech here (continue reading below):
Greene covered a variety of issues in her speech, including the fact that when she was in high school, a fellow student brought in guns and held the school hostage. This was to provide some context for her old videos confronting David Hogg on the street. Greene says she wasn’t doing so to question the existence of the shootings, but rather to promote her views on the best way to stop future shootings.
Greene talked about the “lie” of abortion and said being a mom is “the greatest gift of my life” and expressed her desire to end abortion in America.
Referring to getting stripped of her committee assignments, Greene says it’s her constituents who were the ones that lost their voices. She went on criticize the media for always focusing in on the things that divide us, even defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar from voices on the right who frequently criticize the left.
“You’re doing a really good job at addicting our nation to hate,” Greene said of the media. “Teaching people to hate people like me, President Trump. And then on the right it’s the same way. Teaching people to hate AOC, Ilhan Omar, Nancy Pelosi. See, it goes both ways, doesn’t it?” she explained before challenging the press about what they want their legacy to be – one of furthering division, or one of reporting the truth.
Greene then went on to explain how thankful she was for the freedom of the press in America, and for the opportunity to apologize for past “wrong” statements. “I had the greatest opportunity yesterday, and I’m so grateful for it. I got to say what I had done wrong,” she said.
“Do you know how freeing that is?” Greene explained. “I’m not kidding, I seriously feel blessed by God because I got to do it on a world stage. I got to say, ‘I said things wrong. I believed things that were wrong. And you know? I’m so happy I got to do that. People all over the country are thankful and supporting me. None of us are perfect and when we go about our life thinking that we are we’re such hypocrites. If we think we’re perfect and can judge one another, that’s such a mistake.”
“So, going forward, I feel freed.”
Taking questions, several members of the press on hand for the speech zeroed in on her apology, and tried to ask if she still believed Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason. They pressed on past statements, even though they had just watched Greene express remorse for her past remarks, admitting they were “wrong.”
Greene also blamed the violence on January 6th squarely on those who committed those acts of violence, saying they and they alone are responsible for their own actions that day.
She closed her remarks before taking questions by talking about God and faith.
“I’m really grateful to God, because he forgives me. And that’s what being a Christian is really all about,” Greene said. “I have a message to other Christians in this country: Don’t be lukewarm. That’s not what your faith is for. Our Savior died on a cross so our sins could be forgiven and he doesn’t want you to be quiet about it. He wants you to share the Gospel and share it with everyone.”