Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene allegedly told a mother whose son was killed in the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 that she doesn’t believe the massacre was fake – despite her posts on social media.
Linda Beigel Schulman’s 35-year-old son Scott Beigel, a geography teacher, was among the 17 victims who were shot dead in the attack nearly three years ago.
Greene, a Republican from Georgia and a vocal subscriber to QAnon conspiracy theories, came under fire last week after she suggested in social media posts that school shootings like the one in Parkland and another at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were a ‘hoax’ intended to drum up support for gun control laws.
Schulman voiced her outrage over Greene’s claims in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, revealing that she’d spoken to congresswoman via Zoom call the day before.
‘My first question to Congresswoman Greene was: “Do you really believe that Parkland and Sandy Hook were false flags and staged?”‘ Schulman said.
‘That was a real important question to me. To this moment, I cannot fathom that somebody could say something like that.
‘Her answer was unequivocally: “No, I do not.”‘
But when Schulman asked Greene if she would join her in the MSNBC interview so they could condemn conspiracy theories about school shootings being staged together, Greene declined, the mother claimed.
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Linda Beigel Schulman, whose son died in the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, spoke out against Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene in an MSNBC interview Sunday (pictured)
Greene, a Republican from Georgia and a vocal subscriber to QAnon conspiracy theories, came under fire last week after she suggested in social media posts that school shootings like the one in Parkland and another at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were a ‘hoax’ intended to drum up support for gun control laws
‘It’s wrong. It’s just wrong. She should not be telling lies,’ Schulman said when asked about her reaction to Greene promoting the conspiracy theories on ‘Weekends with Alex Witt’.
Schulman described her conversation with Greene, which was set up by an unnamed member of Congress, as ‘friendly and cordial’ and that she wanted to trust the lawmaker, she couldn’t.
‘Did I believe Congresswoman Greene when she said Parkland and Sandy Hook were not false flags or staged events? Well, I very much wanted to,’ Schulman said.
Schulman said Greene told her she does not believe the Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings were staged or ‘false flags’
‘Truth is power, and if Congresswoman Greene believes that Parkland and Sandy Hook were, in fact real events, she would be willing to say that publicly.
‘And her failure tells me that for Congresswoman Greene, politics trumps truth, because lies and conspiracy theories are more important to her than honesty.’
‘Unless she wants to get in front of the public and wants to right the wrong lies being espoused out there and wants to disavow the things that she said, no, I can’t believe it.’
‘Maybe inside of her she believes it,’ she added in reference to the conspiracy theories. ‘I don’t know. I have no idea. I’m not inside of her.
‘But you can — words are very powerful, but actions speak louder than words.’
Schulman said she opened the conversation by telling Greene she would be on MSNBC the following day and offered to keep the conversation confidential – but Greene told her it was okay to share what they discussed.
Seventeen people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. The file photo above shows students holding their hands in the air as they were evacuated from classrooms
‘[Greene] has no right to negate Scott’s heroism,’ Schulman (right) said of her son Scott Beigel (left). ‘She has no right to demean Scott’s memory with her conspiracy theories’
‘So I would like Congresswoman Greene, especially after our conversation, to publicly disavow her comments and apologize to those from Parkland and Sandy Hook who she has hurt and devastated with her words,’ Schulman said of Greene (pictured on January 3)
Greene is facing fevered calls to resign and the possibility of expulsion from Congress after her social media activity came to light last week, revealing she had liked a number of posts calling to execute top Democrats and promoting wildly unfounded conspiracies.
Among the troubling posts was a video in which she harassed Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, who became a prominent gun control activist with March For Our Lives after the massacre.
Many parents also lost their children in the Parkland shooting joined the resignation calls, including Fred Guttenberg, who referred to Greene as a ‘depraved person who ran for Congress on a lie’.
‘She has called Parkland a lie, Sandy Hook a lie, Las Vegas a lie and 9/11 a lie,’ Guttenberg told MSNBC.
Referring to the video of Hogg, the father said: ‘When you watch the video of her chasing David and the other kids down … she’s chasing children, and not only is she harassing them, she’s telling them outright that: “I have a gun.”‘
Hogg has demanded that Greene to be stripped of her House committee assignments and for fellow Republicans to pull their support if she runs for re-election in 2022.
Schulman did not say whether she wants Greene to resign, but said an apology is needed.
‘She has no right to negate Scott’s heroism,’ Schulman said. ‘She has no right to demean Scott’s memory with her conspiracy theories.
‘So I would like Congresswoman Greene, especially after our conversation, to publicly disavow her comments and apologize to those from Parkland and Sandy Hook who she has hurt and devastated with her words.’
On Wednesday, a video went viral that showed now Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (back left and right) following Parkland survivor and gun control activist David Hogg (left) around Capitol Hill’s campus, chiding him for his support of gun control measures
TAYLOR GREENE’S BIZARRE CLAIMS
- The California Camp Fire which killed at least 85 was caused by a space laser linked to the Rothschilds and the state’s high-speed rail. PG&E admitted it was caused by a faulty power line and went into bankruptcy to fund a $13.5bn settlement and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
- Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin cut off a child’s face while she was alive, Clinton wore it as a mask so the terrified child would produce ‘adrenachrome’ and then organized the killing of a cop who knew about it.
- The Las Vegas massacre was organized by Democrats to help them ban guns and shooter Stephen Paddock was not a lone wolf.
- There’s no evidence of a plane hitting the Pentagon on 9/11.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre which cost the lives of 17 students was a ‘false flag planned shooting.’
- ‘I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.’
- Seth Rich leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails and was murdered in revenge by her aide John Podesta because the emails revealed that a D.C. pizza restaurant had a child-smuggling operation in its basement. It does not even have a basement.
- The world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and the Q in QAnon exists and is the ‘best chance to take them out.’
- Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett are Muslims.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced by a body double.
- She wasn’t the person who posted a call to assassinate Nancy Pelosi to her own Facebook page.
Meanwhile Republican leaders under pressure to take some form of action against Greene have been largely quiet, in many cases dismissing her words as harmless.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was pressed about how the party should respond to Greene in an interview with ABC News on Sunday but didn’t give a firm answer.
‘The people of her district elected her, and that should mean a lot,’ Hutchinson, a Republican, said. ‘They elected her, and she’s going to run for re-election, and she’ll be accountable for what she said and her actions.’
Asked directly about how Greene liked Facebook comments expressing support for executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the governor said: ‘I’m not going to answer that question as to whether she’s fit to serve because she believes in something that everybody else does not accept.’
‘I reject that,’ he continued. ‘But she’s going to stand for re-election. I don’t think we ought to punish people from a disciplinary standpoint or party standpoint because they think something a little bit different.’
Later in the interview Hutchinson added: ‘I would not vote for her.’
Rep Adam Kinzinger (R – Illinois) said he would ‘certainly’ vote to remove Greene from the Education and Labor Committee but said he is ‘not sure’ about evicting her from Congress altogether.
‘I think a district has every right to put who they want there,’ Kinzinger told Meet the Press on Sunday.
‘But we have every right to take a stand and say you don’t get a committee, and we definitely need to do that.’
Sen Rob Portman (R – Ohio) also voiced support for a ‘strong response’ from the GOP.
‘Republican leaders ought to stand up and say it is totally unacceptable what she has said,’ Portman told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’.
‘I saw a couple videos over the weekend. And one had to do with violence, as I see it. And there is no place for violence in our political dialogue.
‘By the way, there is no place for violence in our country. I mean, this is something that we have got to get away from. So, yes, I think people ought to speak out clearly.’
Portman said he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Greene was voted off committee but indicated that he doesn’t think she should be expelled.
‘I think that is the way to send a message,’ he said. ‘The voters who elected her in her district in Georgia ought to be respected. On the other hand, when that kind of behavior occurs, there has to be a strong response.’
Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (left) said Sunday that the Party shouldn’t punish Greene for pushing QAnon conspiracy theories, while Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio (right) called for his GOP colleagues to ‘stand up’ and condemn the congresswoman
Greene has publicly refused to take any responsibility for her inflammatory social media posts and comments, insisting that she is being targeted by Democrats.
‘They are coming after me because I’m a threat to their goal of Socialism,’ she said in a statement to CBS last week.
‘They are coming after me because they know I represent the people, not the politicians.
‘They are coming after me because like President Trump, I will always defend conservative values.
‘They want to take me out because I represent the people. And they absolutely hate it.’
Greene also branded calls for her expulsion a ‘witch hunt’ in a town hall on Thursday, and on Saturday announced that Trump recently called her to express his support.
Greene is set to meet with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R -California) this week about the controversy, which he has not publicly commented on.
‘These comments are deeply disturbing, and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them,’ Mark Bednar, a spokesman for McCarthy, said in a statement.