CrossFit condemns Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for 'loathsome and dangerous lies'

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on February 5, 2021. Susan Walsh/AP
  • Fitness brand CrossFit, a staple of Marjorie Taylor Greene's political brand, is distancing from the Republican.

  • A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the company is against Greene's conspiracy theories.

  • CrossFit's statement comes after the House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments.

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Fitness brand CrossFit has publicly disavowed Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over the Republican's previous support for QAnon, conspiracy theories about school shootings, and past support for executions of Democrats.

"CrossFit supports respectful fact-based political dialogue to address our common challenges, and we strongly oppose the loathsome and dangerous lies attributed to Ms. Greene," Andrew Weinstein, a spokesperson for CrossFit, told BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported on Monday.

Weinstein did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

The congresswoman has frequently referenced her relationship to CrossFit throughout her campaign and after her election to Congress last fall. In 2013, she became the co-owner of a CrossFit affiliate gym in Alpharetta, Georgia, before leaving the business a few years later, BuzzFeed News reported.

She continued to support the gym and touted her time as a small-business owner throughout her 2020 campaign for Congress. In November 2020, she posted a video on Twitter of her working out in a Washington, DC hotel room, claiming that CrossFit gyms in DC were closed due to the pandemic. "In DC, NOTHING is open bc of Democrat tyrannical control. So here's my hotel room workout," she said.

But gyms were not closed at the time, according to the Washington Times. A subsequent tweet from Greene included screenshots to show that CrossFit locations in the city were not allowing drop-in customers.

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Greene'has previously claimed that school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, did not actually happen, according to screenshots from Greene's Facebook that were obtained by Media Matters for America. Greene also ran a Facebook group that posted memes advocating for the executions of Democrats, Mother Jones reported, and expressed support for that violence on her own Facebook profile, CNN found.

She was also a passionate supporter of QAnon, the baseless right-wing conspiracy theory alleging Trump was fighting a "deep state" cabal of pedophiles until she claimed to reject the movement in February.

The CrossFit statement comes after the House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments on February 4.

In June 2020, CrossFit's founder and former CEO stepped down after discussing conspiracy theories on a Zoom call.

A spokesperson for Greene did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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