Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene awkwardly laughed off a question about children dying of COVID-19 during an office press conference to address her most recent Twitter suspension.
The pro-Trump Georgia Republican was banned from Twitter for 12 hours for authoring two ‘misleading’ tweets on separate days saying the coronavirus ‘ is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65’.
A reporter asked her if she felt ‘any responsibility for keeping people in Georgia safe? There are children, skinny people, who have died of coronavirus. Do you feel any responsibility?’
The representative made a toothy smile during the question and then awkwardly laughed.
She answered by saying, ‘You crack me up.’
She paused for a moment and continued with her answer, ‘You know what? I think people’s responsibility is their own to read the information, and it’s everywhere.’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene laughs at a reporter’s question asking if the Republican Georgia representative felt responsibility for children’s deaths in Georgia
She answered by saying, ‘You crack me up’
She hosted a press conference about her 12-hour Twitter ban
‘Save America Stop Communism!’: The Georgia congresswoman likened Twitter ‘violating my freedom of speech’ to the actions of ‘communist China’
Taylor Greene broke her 12-hour Twitter suspension on Tuesday by comparing the social media giant to the Chinese Communist Party, claiming they are stifling free speech.
‘American social media company Twitter banned me for 12 hrs, censoring me, & violating my freedom of speech,’ the Georgia representative posted.
‘You know who else silences, censors, and bans people they don’t like and want heard. Communist China,’ she continued, along with an emoji of the Chinese flag.
After attacking Twitter for the suspension, Greene used her following few tweets to lash out against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health’s top immunologist and President Joe Biden’s COVID response leader, as she has done countless times in the past.
‘#FireFauci,’ Greene tweeted Tuesday as the doctor appeared on Capitol Hill for a hearing on the U.S. coronavirus response.
Shortly after, she repeated the hashtag and tweeted along with it: ‘Heading over to the Senate to see what Dr. Fauci is saying now. It’s always something different.’
Fauci got into a heated exchanged with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during a health committee hearing on Tuesday.
Paul accused Fauci of lying about funding for Wuhan to research gain of function in coronaviruses, and the immunologist shot back with: ‘Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about’ and later, ‘If anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.’
The picture of Dr. Anthony Fauci with the words, ‘Fauci lied. People died,’ was in the background of her Twitter ban press conference
The pro-Trump Republican representative from compared Twitter banning people to communist China
Twitter also labeled Greene’s Sunday tweet saying the vaccine is ‘non-FDA’ approved as ‘misleading’
The tweet that got Greene suspended was sent on Monday. She claimed coronavirus is not deadly to ‘non-obese people and those under 65’
Paul continues to question the origins of COVID-19, while Taylor Greene has gone to war against the coronavirus vaccine.
‘The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65,’ Greene tweeted Monday.
‘With 6,000 vax related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone,’ she added.
Twitter labeled that, and her Sunday tweet saying the vaccines are ‘non-FDA’ approved, as ‘misleading,’ which led to her ban.
In a video statement on Facebook Live, Greene acknowledged that she had been temporarily suspended from the Twitter, and blamed the Biden administration for trying to control free speech.
‘Remember, last week when our press secretary said the White House is working to stop the spread of (misinformation) because they want to be careful and they want to be in control of the information that is shared about COVID-19 and vaccines, isn´t that concerning?’ Greene said.
WHAT IS THE RISK OF DEATH FROM COVID-19 FOR OBESE AND OLDER ADULTS?
While COVID-19 can infect Americans of all backgrounds, several conditions can put people at a higher risk of severe illness and death.
This includes being above age 65 and being obese, both of which are known risk factors.
A recent CDC report looked at more than 148,494 U.S. adults with COVID-19 and analyzed their risk of hospitalization and death.
They found that those above age 65 were twice as likely to be hospitalized with 72% of senior citizens with COVID-19 being admitted to the hospital compared 35% of the under-64 group.
Older adults were also much more likely to die with 17% of those above age 65 dying from the virus compared to 1.5% of the group under age 64
The report also looked at higher body mass indexes (BMI) and found the higher the BMI, the greater the risk of hospitalization and death.
A healthy BMI is typically measured between 18.5 and 24.9.
Anything under 18.5 is considered underweight. BMIs between 25 and 29.9 fall into overweight territory, and above 30 is considered obese.
They found that of the patients hospitalized, 50.2% had BMIs higher than 30 while just 19.7% had BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9.
Additionally, 46% of all COVID-19 patients who died in the study had BMIs above 30 while 23.4% of those who died had healthy BMIs.
What’s more, obese adults above age 65 were up to 50% more likely to die than elderly adults with a healthy weight.
The controversial congresswoman has been a lightning rod in recent months after comparing the mask requirement and vaccinations to the Holocaust, which she apologized for about a month later.
In January, Twitter locked Greene’s account after she sparred with a state election official over voter fraud allegations.
She was also seen on video getting aggressive with Democrat rival Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Greene’s twitter suspension comes on the heels of the White House issuing warnings to social media platforms over misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines as cases surge due to the now-prominent Delta variant.
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in a 22-page advisory that was released last week, ‘Health misinformation is a serious threat to public health.’
‘It can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health, and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative that will require a whole-of-society effort,’ Murthy wrote on page two in large Italic letters.