Parkland families, Florida lawmakers denounce GOP Rep.’s tweets denying Parkland shooting
Newly-surfaced Facebook messages from 2018 show U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene approves of comments spreading the conspiracy that the Parkland School shooting that killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High , was a "false flag shootout".
In a post about a story by Fox News she shared on May 15, 2018, Greene asked why Scot Peterson, the Broward Sheriff's assistant principal, was receiving his state pension. Peterson resigned from BSO after surveillance footage showed he was hiding in front of the school building during a shooting on February 14, 2018.
Several people commented that "following the evil plan" "sounds like a payoff".
"Exactly my thoughts !!" said Greene in one of the replies.
Green is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy movement. Twitter temporarily suspended her account on Sunday after tweeting conspiratorial theories about the Georgia elections, eleven days after pro-Trump mobs overtook the Washington Capitol on Jan. 6. Five people died, including a Capitol policeman.
Greene's 2 year old interactions were first reported by Media Matters For America, the progressive watchdog that oversees conservative misinformation.
Greene, a newly elected Republican from Georgia, campaigned for Trump's false claims of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election, claiming numerous judges threw out of court for lack of evidence.
Several South Florida Democrats denounced Greene's recently announced comments, including US Representative Ted Deutch, who represents Parkland.
"Radical conspiracy theorists cruelly came into our community in the days following the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to outrageously deny that 17 people had been killed," Deutch said. "It's annoying that someone like that got elected to Congress."
Deutch said Greene should "decline these comments, apologize to anyone she has offended, and most importantly, tell the truth to her followers."
Florida's emergency management director, Jared Moskowitz of Coral Springs, said in a tweet that Greene should step down from her position and speak to the families of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old shooting victim Jamie Guttenberg, said in a series of tweets that Greene should step down and apologize for her earlier comments.
“It seems like you think, or once thought, that the school shooting in Florida was a false flag. I know you met Parkland parents. This is my daughter Jaime, she was killed that day. Do you still believe that? Why would you say that? "Guttenberg tweeted.
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