WASHINGTON (WTVC) — Members of Congress from both parties criticized Northwest Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for a video she posted on her Congressional Twitter account Wednesday evening.
Greene posted the video after a day of floor debate over the Equality Act, which would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws. The bill is a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.
The bill would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Supporters say the law before the House on Thursday is long overdue and would ensure that every person is treated equally under the law.
Greene has been a vocal opponent of the bill, saying on her personal Twitter feed that the bill "would completely devastate women’s rights and religious freedoms."
On Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., who is a supporter of the bill and has a daughter who is transgender, and who has an office across from Greene's in the Capitol building, posted a video of her hanging a transgender flag outside her office.
Her tweet said, "Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.” Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door."
Four hours later, on her official congressional Twitter page, Greene responded with a video of her own.
Her tweet said, "Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called "Equality" Act to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms. Thought we’d put up ours so she can look at it every time she opens her door."
The sign says "There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. "Trust The Science!"
Earlier on Wednesday, during debate on the House floor, Greene said in a speech that "biological women cannot compete against biological men."
“They will be in her locker room, they will be in her showers, they will be in her bathroom, they will be in her hotel room when she travels with her team,” she continued “This is wrong.”
Greene made a motion to adjourn the debate that ultimately failed.
In a tweet, her Democratic colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., accused her of "trying to get out of work early," suggesting "You could just vote 'no.'"
Greene drew criticism her own party after posting video of her hanging the sign.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who is a Republican, tweeted,
"This is sad and I’m sorry this happened. Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs. This garbage must end, in order to #RestoreOurGOP"
Democratic Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois also weighed in on Greene's video, saying "Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel. This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect @RepMarieNewman’s daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against."
As of Thursday morning, Greene has not officially responded to the bipartisan criticism of her video on either her official Congressional or personal Twitter accounts.
Read more about the Equality Act and the Congressional debate over it here.