Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has a long history of making statements that are both very dumb and horrifyingly vile, but this week she said something that’s stew-pid even by her broth-taking standards. In an attempt to compare California Rep. Nancy Pelosi to Adolf Hitler, with the implicit goal of framing the Democratic Party as so malicious that any action against them is justifiable, Greene momentarily forgot the word Gestapo and implied that Pelosi has a soup-er secret police force.
“Pelosi’s gazpacho police [are] spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff and spying on American citizens that want to come talk to their representatives,” she said on One America News on February 8th.
There’s a couple of things going on here. The line about “citizens that want to come talk to their representatives,” is a reference to the January 6th insurrection, when a mob broke into the Capitol building. While some of those people were carrying little more than their phones, others came armed with guns, knives, and zip-ties that seemed intended for members of Congress.
Via The Washington Post, Greene’s comment about “spying” on lawmakers was in response to a November incident, when Texas Rep. Troy E. Nehls claimed that Capitol Police had “illegally” searched his office. In response, a representative for the Capitol Police said the Nehls’ door had been left “wide open,” and it is their policy to secure any unlocked, unoccupied offices to prevent theft. So when Greene talked about “Pelosi’s gazpacho police spying on members of Congress,” she meant that Pelosi had ordered the
illegal search office door locked.
Pelosi did not directly respond to Greene’s insinuation. But during a press conference on Wednesday, the Speaker of the House did say, “I have no power over the Capitol Police. Does anybody not know that?”
You might not be in the mood to laugh at “gazpacho,” and in truth, who wants to think of cold, blended soup when people like Greene are out there dehumanizing their political rivals and claiming that wildfires were started by a Jewish space laser? But if you don’t laugh you’re in for a long couple of years. What else can we do, when faced with such pureed evil?
Just to clear things up, @RepMTG
Gazpacho: a vegetable-based Spanish cold soup
Gestapo: Nazi Germany's secret police pic.twitter.com/T9q76r706G
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