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Staff Photo by Andrew Wilkins / U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke about her political priorities and answered questions from the crowd at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in LaFayette, Georgia.
Staff Photo by Andrew Wilkins / U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke about her political priorities and answered questions from the crowd at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in LaFayette, Georgia.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — At a town hall meeting this week, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, criticized what she called political prosecutions and the Democrats' transgender agenda — while also discussing wins and priorities for the Republican majority in the U.S. House.

The representative for Northwest Georgia spoke to a crowd of about 200 in a LaFayette High School auditorium and spent much of her stage time answering questions from the crowd. Several of the pre-submitted questions pushed back on Greene's positions on gun control and transgender rights.

On topics such as gender ideology and the national debt, Greene said at the town hall the nation's future concerns her.

"It's really the next generation and the generations that follow them are the ones that I'm really worried about, and we have a lot of reasons to worry for our children and their future," Greene said.

Elected leaders in Washington, D.C., have lost their way, she said, and though many think the nation is at a crisis point, she said she doesn't feel hopeless for the United States.

"The biggest one is our debt," Greene said. "We are $31 trillion in debt. That's an amount of money that none of us can comprehend. None of us even know what $31 trillion would look like."

Greene said there has been progress as House Republicans work to cut the nation's budget and enact their political priorities.

Republicans in the House have defunded the hiring of new IRS agents, she said.

"That is the power of the purse, ladies and gentlemen," Greene said.


House Resolution 23, which rescinds some funding for the IRS allocated by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, was passed by the House in early January. The bill was sent to the Democratic-majority Senate, but it has not seen any movement.

After the bill was passed by the House, the White House announced President Joe Biden would veto the legislation if it reached his desk, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the IRS needs the funding to make sure corporations and multi-millionaires pay their fair share of taxes.

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Greene also criticized the transgender ideology, calling it a danger to children.

"Great schools like LaFayette High School need to be a place where kids can be kids," Greene said. "Kids can get a good education — not be brainwashed, not be confused to believe things about other people and themselves. I'm telling you right now: our biggest battle is not the debt, it's to protect our children from this great lie that is being told to them — because this lie is so destructive."

She said she is working to pass legislation that would ban gender-affirming treatment for minors. Still in committee, House Resolution 8731 would outlaw gender-affirming surgery or mediation for minors, make conducting such care on minors a felony and allow the practitioner to be subject to civil lawsuits from a minor who has received treatment.

"This gender-affirming care is a medical industry that should not exist for kids," Greene said.

Meanwhile Democrats have introduced a Transgender Bill of Rights, she said.

House Resolution 269 and Senate Resolution 144, introduced at the end of March, would provide housing and job protections for transgender people, expand gender-affirming mental and health care and ban transgender conversion therapy, according to a news release from House sponsor, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. The resolutions were introduced March 30 and have seen no further action.

"This is a growing movement, and believe it or not, it's in its infancy," Greene said, "because it's not just supported by Hollywood or some Democrats. It is solidly supported by the entire Democratic Party."

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Greene talked about the protest she led earlier this month in New York City about what she called the weaponization of the legal system against former President Donald Trump. She said Republicans politely protested Vice President Kamala Harris in Dalton, Georgia, last week compared to demonstrators in New York who angrily tried to prevent her from speaking.

"We don't treat people that way in the South, do we?" Greene said. "Even if we don't like 'em, we just say, 'Bless their heart.'"

After speaking for about 30 minutes, Greene drew anonymous questions from a fishbowl on a wooden stool beside her on stage.

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Greene was asked several times about the possibility of impeaching Biden. She said the oversight committee she's on has subpoenaed Biden family bank records — and she thinks when the committee follows the money, impeachment will be the result.

A few questions were about Greene's stance on gun control and preventing school shootings. She said when she was young, her high school had an armed hostage incident, so she said she knows what it feels like to be a possible target for a mentally disturbed gunman.

She said schools should be protected by guns.

"We better protect our kids in school the same way we protect the president of the United States and members of Congress," Greene said. "The way to stop a bad guy with a gun — or knife or any weapon they choose to try to murder you and your family — is with a gun. Because a well-armed society is a safe society."

After about an hour, Greene answered all the questions in the fish bowl. Before she exited the stage to Van Halen's "Jump," Greene thanked God that Georgia isn't like New York City.

Attendee Perry Byars, a Chickamauga resident, said he thought the event was well organized.

After working in education for more than 30 years, Byars said after the town hall that he would like to see Greene push harder to get rid of the U.S. Department of Education, citing money wasted in the school system. He said the state rather than the federal government should have authority governing education.

Contact Andrew Wilkins at awilkins@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6659.

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