The great state of Georgia gave us Stacey Abrams, the Biden presidency and control of the US Senate when Georgians voted for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Unfortunately, in the same election cycle, Georgia voters in the northwest corridor also voted for freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene ran unopposed for her congressional seat after her opponent dropped out for personal reasons in September. It’s possible that the DNC did not want to put any resources into trying to win a congressional district which is overwhelmingly white and which went for Trump by a huge double-digit margin. That being said, I definitely feel like Georgia’s local media, the national media and the RNC should have all done a better job of vetting Greene during the damn election, because holy sh-t, this woman is f–king bonkers and she’s going to kill someone.
To recap, Greene is an unhinged conspiracist and a traitor. She rolls with QAnon, she believes in all of the “false flag” conspiracies and she harasses victims of gun violence and their families. She’s a 9/11 truther. She wants to carry weapons in the Capitol. She played a role in the incitement of the Jan. 6th insurrection. She wants to see elected Democrats murdered. And she also believes that California wildfires were started by a Jewish Space Laser.
In November 2018, California was hit with the worst wildfire in the state’s history. At the time, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote a bizarre Facebook post that echoed QAnon conspiracy theorists and falsely claimed that the real and hidden culprit behind the disaster was a laser from space triggered by some nefarious group of people.
The Camp Fire was a horrific California wildfire that started on November 8, 2018, and, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, “burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries. The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.” After an investigation, the department “determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” Scientists have noted that climate change has worsened wildfires in places like California.
Conspiracy theorists have pushed other explanations for the Camp Fire, especially on social media. One theory, which has been promoted by QAnon followers, falsely posits that a nefarious entity used laser beams or a similar instrument to start the fire for financial profit or to clear space for California’s high-speed rail system.
Rep. Greene is a proponent of the Camp Fire laser beam conspiracy theory. She wrote a November 17, 2018, Facebook post — which is no longer available online — in which she said that she was speculating “because there are too many coincidences to ignore” regarding the fire, including that then-California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wanted to build the high-speed rail project and “oddly there are all these people who have said they saw what looked like lasers or blue beams of light causing the fires.” She also speculated that a vice chairman at “Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm” was somehow involved, and suggested the fire was caused by a beam from “space solar generators.”
Greene added: “If they are beaming the suns energy back to Earth, I’m sure they wouldn’t ever miss a transmitter receiving station right??!! I mean mistakes are never made when anything new is invented. What would that look like anyway? A laser beam or light beam coming down to Earth I guess. Could that cause a fire? Hmmm, I don’t know. I hope not! That wouldn’t look so good for PG&E, Rothschild Inc, Solaren or Jerry Brown who sure does seem fond of PG&E.”
Why believe in global warming, droughts and everyday corporate malfeasance and legislative apathy/incompetence when you can believe in a super-cool theory that Jewish bankers formed a kabal (it’s always a nefarious kabal) to build a space laser and they succeeded in building a space laser, and then they decided to help out Jerry Brown – and I’m sure San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi too! – to build a high-speed rail, so they decided to use their space laser to set fire to 153,336 acres in California. I mean, why not? Jesus Christ, this woman needs to be out on her ass.
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