Extremist GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) questioned in a weekend interview why people go after murderous white supremacists.
She said there were so many other criminals to complain about instead – like undocumented immigrants. She also said people should talk about the ‘Asian man’ who killed a California church member last week and the ‘black man’ who drove his car into Wisconsin shoppers last year. last.
She added, incongruously, that it “shouldn’t be about race.”
Greene made the comments as she attacked Rep. Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) for protesting last week in the House against the avowed white supremacist suspected of the horrific assault at a Buffalo supermarket targeting black people the week last that killed ten people.
Why is there a “target” on white supremacists? she asked in an interview from her car (below) with right-wing outlet Real America’s Voice.
“White supremacy should not be the primary target,” the lawmaker said. “We should be more concerned about illegal border invasion, the crime that happens every day on our streets, especially in cities like Chicago. We should prosecute criminals who break the law and not prosecute people based on their skin color. »
But race is clearly of crucial importance in hate crimes. The FBI reported last year that the number of hate crimes in the United States in 2020 was the highest in two decades, triggered by an increase in assaults largely by white men against black and Asian Americans, women. Hispanics and Jews.
There were 51 hate crime killings in America in 2019, the highest at that time since the FBI began tracking the toll in the 1990s. Most of the murder victims were black, Hispanic and ethnic. Jews.
“Preventing racial hate crimes means tackling white supremacist ideology,” said a position paper released last week by the Brookings Institution. Over the past 20 years, the number of hate groups in the United States has jumped 100%, he noted.
Nadler’s reference to the Buffalo shooting that infuriated Greene so much was part of his argument for passing the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act to quell the problem. The bill is backed by Democrats, but Republicans are lukewarm.
Nadler also discussed the killing of more than 20 people at an El Paso store in 2019 and the shooting deaths of 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018.
The murders all involved white shooters inspired by the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which baselessly claims that there is a conspiracy to replace white people with people of color, immigrants and Jews. Greene’s reference to an “invasion” of immigrants was a clear whistle to believers in the imaginary plot.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.