This question comes a day after Twitter briefly suspended The Georgia Republican posted about the coronavirus on misinformation, including that it is “not dangerous for non-obese people and people under 65.”
On Tuesday, a journalist challenged Ms Greene over that tweet.
“Do you feel any responsibility to keep people safe in Georgia?” Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Tia Mitchell Asked. “You know, kids, there are skinny people who have died from coronavirus.”
The Congressman responded with a demonstrative laugh.
“Tia, you reprimanded me,” she said. “You know what? I think people’s responsibility is their own.
According to Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOf the nearly 609,000 Americans who died of COVID-19, nearly 250,000 were under the age of 65. And while obesity increases the risk of serious disease from the virus, being thin does not provide immunity from it.
What confers immunity is vaccination, something Ms. Greene discourages.
“Controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced upon our military to contain a virus that is not dangerous to non-obese people and those under 65,” Congressmen had tweeted – falsely – on Monday.
Twitter Responded by flagging the tweet as “misleading” and suspending Ms Green for 12 hours.
On Tuesday, the US representative showed no remorse over the misinformation, accusing Twitter of a “communist-style attack on free speech.”
She expanded on that argument at a press conference during which Michelle asked her the question. On Twitter, many expressed outrage over Ms Green’s scathing reply.
“600,000 Americans die of #COVID19,” the group advocates for Good Government tweeted. “But this is all just a joke to Marjorie Taylor Greene. Well, the millions of Americans who have lost loved ones are not laughing.”
“So… we can agree that these guys aren’t pro-life, right?” one more Asked, referring to Ms Green’s stance against abortion.
“It’s a sad day in America when we can’t find people to better represent us as a nation than @mtgreenee,” someone else commented.