Marjorie Taylor Greene broke her 12-hour Twitter suspension on Tuesday by comparing the social media giant to the Chinese Communist Party, claiming they are stifling free speech.
‘American social media company Twitter banned me for 12 hrs, censoring me, & violating my freedom of speech,’ the Georgia representative posted.
‘You know who else silences, censors, and bans people they don’t like and want heard. Communist China,’ she continued, along with an emoji of the Chinese flag.
‘Communism is not good @Twitter,’ Greene wrote. ‘Save America Stop Communism!’
The pro-Trump congresswoman was suspended on Monday after she posted a tweet claiming coronavirus is not ‘dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.’
Twitter labeled Greene’s tweet as ‘misleading’ and issued a 12-hour ban on her account.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (pictured) came back from her 12-hour Twitter suspension with tweets calling the social media platform ‘communist’ and attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci
‘Save America Stop Communism!’: The Georgia congresswoman likened Twitter ‘violating my freedom of speech’ to the actions of ‘communist China’
The tweet that got Greene suspended was sent on Monday. She claimed coronavirus is not deadly to ‘non-obese people and those under 65’
After attacking Twitter for the suspension, Greene used her following few tweets to lash out at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health’s top immunologist and President Joe Biden’s COVID response leader.
‘#FireFauci,’ Greene tweeted Tuesday as the doctor appeared on Capitol Hill for a hearing on the U.S. coronavirus response.
Shortly after, she repeated the hashtag and tweeted along with it: ‘Heading over to the Senate to see what Dr Fauci is saying now. It’s always something different.’
Fauci got into a heated exchanged with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during a health committee hearing on Tuesday.
Paul accused Fauci of lying about funding for Wuhan to research gain of function in coronaviruses, and the immunologist shot back with: ‘Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about’ and later, ‘If anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.’
The Republican senator has raised questions over the origins of COVID-19, while Greene has gone to war against the coronavirus vaccine.
‘The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65,’ Greene tweeted Monday.
‘With 6,000 vax related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone,’ she added.
Twitter labeled that, and her Sunday tweet saying the vaccines are ‘non-FDA’ approved, as ‘misleading.’
Greene said on Tuesday that she would be walking over to the Senate side of Capitol Hill as Facui testified on the response to the coroanvirus pandemic to a health committee
WHAT IS THE RISK OF DEATH FROM COVID-19 FOR OBESE AND OLDER ADULTS?
While COVID-19 can infect Americans of all backgrounds, several conditions can put people at a higher risk of severe illness and death.
This includes being above age 65 and being obese, both of which are known risk factors.
A recent CDC report looked at more than 148,494 U.S. adults with COVID-19 and analyzed their risk of hospitalization and death.
They found that those above age 65 were twice as likely to be hospitalized with 72% of senior citizens with COVID-19 being admitted to the hospital compared 35% of the under-64 group.
Older adults were also much more likely to die with 17% of those above age 65 dying from the virus compared to 1.5% of the group under age 64
The report also looked at higher body mass indexes (BMI) and found the higher the BMI, the greater the risk of hospitalization and death.
A healthy BMI is typically measured between 18.5 and 24.9.
Anything under 18.5 is considered underweight. BMIs between 25 and 29.9 fall into overweight territory, and above 30 is considered obese.
They found that of the patients hospitalized, 50.2% had BMIs higher than 30 while just 19.7% had BMIs between 18.5 and 24.9.
Additionally, 46% of all COVID-19 patients who died in the study had BMIs above 30 while 23.4% of those who died had healthy BMIs.
What’s more, obese adults above age 65 were up to 50% more likely to die than elderly adults with a healthy weight.
On July 18 she posted: ‘This is why no entity should force NON-FDA approved vaccines or masks. Instead help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid complications & death, and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experimentation.’
Twitter added a message to both the Sunday and Monday posts that read: ‘This Tweet is misleading. Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people.’
It includes an exclamation point and a hyperlink to a Twitter-aggregated page with CDC information and news articles insisting the vaccine is safe and effective.
A Twitter spokesperson said on Monday: ‘We took enforcement action on the account @mtgreenee for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy’.
In a scheduled appearance on Newsmax, moments after Twitter suspended her account, the congresswoman insisted her tweets were accurate, saying the suspension was part of a pattern where she’s been ‘canceled’ multiple times.
Twitter also labeled Greene’s Sunday tweet saying the vaccine is ‘non-FDA’ approved as ‘misleading’
‘Twitter, who is playing a big part and a role with Big Tech and Facebook and the White House – apparently the Joe and the Biden administration – in censoring Americans, along with the communist cities in communist California who doesn’t [sic] believe that America first represents their values, in Anaheim or Riverside.’
‘We are being canceled and our speech is being canceled,’ Greene continued. ‘And we’re being blamed for it. So you can see what’s going on. This is communism. This is communism when you have American cities canceling two members of Congress’s events at private venues.’
The United States is using vaccines made by Pfizer Inc , Moderna Inc, and Johnson & Johnson under Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization. None of these vaccines are fully approved.
In a video statement on Facebook Live, Greene acknowledged that she had been temporarily suspended from the Twitter, and blamed the Biden administration for trying to control free speech.
‘Remember, last week when our press secretary said the White House is working to stop the spread of (misinformation) because they want to be careful and they want to be in control of the information that is shared about COVID-19 and vaccines, isn´t that concerning?’ Greene said.
The Republican representative has come under fire before for remarks on the pandemic. In June she apologized after comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.
In January, Twitter locked Greene’s account after she sparred with a state election official over voter fraud allegations.
Greene’s suspension comes on the heels of the White House issuing warnings to social media platforms over misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines as cases surge due to the now-prominent Delta variant.
The number of COVID-19 cases has started to surge in the United States after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks
The death rate, however, has not corresponded with that surge. Doctors and public health officials have said that the surge, in 43 out of the country’s 50 states, comes amid a rise in the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stagnating vaccination numbers
‘I am urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,’ US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in a 22-page advisory released last week.
‘Health misinformation is a serious threat to public health. It can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health, and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative that will require a whole-of-society effort.’
The number of COVID-19 cases has started to surge in the United States after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks.
Doctors and public health officials have said that the surge, in 43 out of the country’s 50 states, comes amid a rise in the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stagnating vaccination numbers.
Health experts warn that the worrying increase in cases is linked to the Indian ‘Delta’ variant, which accounts for as many 97 percent of infections in some states.
‘I am urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,’ US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in a 22-page advisory released last week