Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked a Parkland shooting survivor as 'an idiot' who was trained 'like a dog'

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Marjorie Taylor Greene
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a "Trump Won" face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House to take her oath of office on opening day of the 117th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 Erin Scott/Pool via AP
  • Footage shows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling a Parkland shooting survivor an 'idiot.'

  • 'He is very trained. He's like a dog. He's completely trained,' Greene said of David Hogg.

  • The Republican lawmaker could on Thursday be stripped of her committee assignments.

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A recently resurfaced interview shows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the lawmaker who could be stripped of her committee assignments over her highly controversial statements, mocking a survivor of the Parkland School shooting as an "idiot" and claiming he was "trained ... like a dog."

An April 2019 interview was unearthed by NBC News between a Georgia Gun Owners executive and Greene, a newly elected Republican lawmaker who has expressed support for QAnon and endorsed violence against Democratic lawmakers.

The interview shows Greene mocking David Hogg, who survived a fatal massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and subsequently became a prominent gun control advocate.

"He is very trained. He's like a dog. He's completely trained," she said of Hogg. Greene also describes an incident in which she pursued Hogg through Washington, DC, as he went to meet lawmakers.

Footage from the incident which resurfaced last week shows Greene calling Hogg a "coward" and demanding to know how he has secured meetings with members of Congress. She has falsely suggested the shootings like those at Parkland were staged.

"I confronted David Hogg twice, and he ran away from me," she said in the interview with Georgia Gun Owners, per NBC News.

"I'm looking at this idiot David Hogg leading these girls who are clueless, absolutely clueless, into giving up the greatest thing that protects them, and as an American woman, I know that," she added.

The US House of Representatives will on Thursday vote on whether to remove Greene's committee assignments amid concern about her support for a wide range of conspiracy theories and apparent endorsement of political violence.

House Republicans on Wednesday voted not to punish Greene for her comments, Reuters reported.

Greene said before the election that Americans would have to pay "the price of blood" to "get your freedoms back" if President Donald Trump lost and in office introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden a day after he was sworn in.

She promoted numerous other conspiracy theories before being elected, including QAnon, and an anti-Semitic theory that California wildfires were caused by a Jewish-controlled space laser.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has faced intense criticism for failing to punish Greene for her comments and behaviour.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week published a press release describing him as "McCarthy (Q-CA)," an apparent reference to his failure to take action against Greene's promotion of the QAnon theory.

In a statement to NBC News, Hogg said: "By not expelling Marjorie Taylor Greene, Minority Leader McCarthy has endorsed her."

"For the sake of the future of our country, she must be removed from Congress. In addition to harassing victims, she has made direct threats to kill her colleagues on Capitol Hill."

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