Firebrand GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia told an audience of young conservatives Saturday to add a monkey emoji to their social media profiles in light of the World Health Organization’s monkeypox emergency declaration.
She also described herself as a “Christian Nationalist,” which earned her praise from the crowd at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida.
Greene gave a short but fiery speech on the second day of the conference. Her popularity among Republican teenagers and young adults was clear in the standing ovation she received before and after her speech.
“We have a new global pandemic, have you heard about it? Monkey pox, that’s right,” the congresswoman said. “That’s the latest.
“Listen, you need to update your social media, right next to the Ukrainian flag emoji and the vaccine emoji, you need to make sure you have the monkey emoji.
She appeared to be taking shots at left-wing Twitter personalities who add emojis to their profiles to demonstrate allegiance to certain causes.
Greene quipped: ‘I want you to be there, you can’t be behind, you have to be full of outrage at everything the left and the media are telling you.’
Only a few laughs could be heard from the crowd.
This happened hours after the WHO declared the global outbreak of monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Nearly 3,000 cases have been reported in the US so far – recently including two children.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene received a standing ovation before and after her remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit
Her comments about monkeypox came hours after the World Health Organization declared it a global emergency
A hotly received line was that Greene proudly described herself as a “Christian nationalist”.
According to her, being a nationalist means “you care about your country”.
“That’s not a bad word,” she said as the audience cheered. “That’s actually a good thing. There is nothing wrong with leading by faith.”
She added that leading with this Christian nationalist mentality is “what the Republican Party should be about” and encouraged Millennial and Gen Z Republicans to lead with their “proud Christian faith.”
“If we don’t live our lives and vote like we’re nationalists — taking care of our country and putting our country first and wanting that to be the focus of our federal government — if we don’t lead that way, then we’re not going to be able to fix it ,” Greene said.
Greene also criticized her colleagues in Washington for caring more about the “welfare of society” than about “the American worker,” earning a standing ovation from the crowd.
But the audience erupted into cheers when Greene called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Our government right now, the Biden administration, is totally corrupt, and I’ll tell you something right now — Joe Biden should be impeached,” she said.
“And I will also add, as did Nancy Pelosi.
Greene’s call to imprison the president’s son, Hunter Biden, prompted chants of “Lock him up” that echoed throughout the nearly full room.
A cardboard sign featuring former President Donald Trump is seen during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Friday, July 22
Hundreds of young Republican voters flocked to Tampa for the multi-day event
“I think we should,” she added after the chants died down, before turning to poke fun at her political rival, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Speaking of closures, let’s talk about someone who was arrested just last week – AOC.
A progressive New York lawmaker was arrested along with 16 other House Democrats during an anti-abortion protest outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
She drew widespread derision when pictures and videos of her arrest appeared to show Ocasio-Cortez holding her hands behind her back as if she were handcuffed — despite her putting her fist in the air in a show of solidarity. Ocasio-Cortez denied faking the handcuffs.
“You’re not playing on the road like AOC and her girlfriend, are you?” Greene asked the crowd.
“They were out there playing in the road, laying in the road in front of the Supreme Court and the Capitol Police had to tell him to get off the road. But what did they do? They were arrested.’
On the handcuff dispute, she added: “See? It’s all fake, it’s a big lie.”
‘Cause you know what? That’s how a lot of people in Congress are. They are great big liars. And that’s what we have to change,” Greene said.