Marjorie Taylor Greene tells British reporter 'Go back to your country'
The Georgia Republican clashed with Channel 4’s Siobhan Kennedy over gun violence in the United States.
During a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) aggressively told a British reporter to “go back to your country” when questioned about gun violence nationwide.
At a press conference, Greene called out the 14 Republican senators — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — who had voted on Tuesday to advance the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a gun safety bill.
“These are the Republican senators that Republican voters do not support anymore,” Greene said.
At the press conference, Siobhan Kennedy, a Washington correspondent for British broadcaster Channel 4, noted the disparity in gun violence between the United States and the United Kingdom.
“We don’t have guns in the U.K., that is true, but we don’t have mass shootings either,” Kennedy said. “Children aren’t scared to go to school.”
“You have mass stabbings, lady,” Greene replied. “You have all kinds of murder. And you’ve got laws against that.”
When the reporter attempted to highlight America’s higher rates of violence, Greene replied, “Well, you can go back to your country and worry about your no guns. We like ours here.”
The Georgia congresswoman later took to Twitter to boast about her xenophobic comments: “When British press wants to argue about our God-given American gun rights, my answer is: ‘go back to your own country.'”
In 2020, the homicide rate per 100,000 people in the United States is 5.3, while the U.K. has a rate of just 1.2, according to WorldAtlas.
Moreover, the Washington Post noted that the United States, in fact, has a much higher rate of stabbing homicides at 6.3 per million residents, compared to the United Kingdom’s 3.9 per million residents.
This is not the first time Greene has made xenophobic or anti-immigrant comments.
In April, while speaking to a far-right Catholic activist, Greene claimed that Christians who help undocumented migrants are under Satan’s control.
In 2020, GOP House leaders condemned Greene’s racist, Islamophobic, and antisemitic statements after Facebook videos uncovered by Politico showed the then-candidate saying that Muslims do not belong in government, calling Jewish Democratic megadonor George Soros a Nazi, and suggesting that Black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party.”
A final Senate vote is expected on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act this week.
The compromise bill does not include many measures Democrats have pushed for, such as universal background checks for gun sales, bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, or a national red flag law. However, it would take steps to disarm convicted domestic abusers, enhance background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, and would expand gun dealer registration rules.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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