- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2020

Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene faced criticism Thursday after posting an image of herself holding a semi-automatic rifle next to the “Squad” congresswomen.

Ms. Greene, whose Republican primary win in Georgia last month won praise from President Trump, wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post, “We need strong conservative Christians to go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart.”

The Photoshopped image showed Ms. Greene holding a rifle next to Democratic freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Ms. Omar responded to the post Friday, denouncing it as race-based “incitement” to commit violence.

“Posting a photo with an assault rifle next to the faces of three women of color is not advertising. It’s incitement,” the Minnesota congresswoman wrote. “There are already death threats in response to this post. Facebook should remove this violent provocation.”

“More importantly: @realdonaldtrump @GOPLeader, this rests squarely on your shoulders,” she added. “You have incited attacks on us since we were sworn in. You have told us to ‘go back’ where we came from. This is your party now. Dangerous and disgraceful.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also responded in a tweet, writing, “Republican Leader @kevinomccarthy must immediately condemn this dangerous threat of violence against Democratic Congresswomen.”

Asked by BuzzFeed News whether her post should be taken as a threat against the women pictured, Ms. Greene told the outlet, “Those who say that are paranoid and ridiculous. Fake news is always looking for the next conspiracy theory. This question is idiotic. Go back to bed.”

Ms. Greene has faced controversy for her past support of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, but told Fox News last month following her primary win that she decided to “choose another path” after she “started to find misinformation” within the movement.

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