At a rally in support of Donald Trump this weekend, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that out Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Buttigieg should “stay out of our girls’ bathroom.”
Greene was attacking Pete Buttigieg for promoting more ecological forms of transportation, like cycling and electric cars, when she implied that he and his husband creep around in girls’ restrooms.
“You know what?” she told the crowd in Commerce, Georgia, “Pete Buttigieg can take his electric vehicles and his bicycles, and he and his husband can stay out of our girls’ bathroom.”
The crowd cheered.
Marjorie Taylor Greene goes on a strange rant about Pete Buttigieg and says he “can stay out of our girls bathroom” pic.twitter.com/mflOliqc5R
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 26, 2022
Her intent isn’t clear. On Twitter, some people thought she confused the Buttigieges for transgender women, which would make sense considering her violent opposition to transgender people using facilities that corresponds to their gender.
Others thought she was accusing the Buttigieges of being child molesters who prey on girls, which is also possible considering her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory (that well-known Democrats and celebrities run an international child sex trafficking ring) and the old homophobic trope that gay men are child molesters.
In the same speech, Greene mocked University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, using her deadname and referring to her as “he.”
“We’re going to kick the biological men out of women’s sports!” she said.
I think she’s confusing her homophobia with her transgender hatred….
— Peter Elkind (@peterelkind) March 26, 2022
Oh ok. So now we’re moving back to the “gay people are sexual predators” fear tactic.
The United States is just a never-ending, living version of Groundhog Day.
Lord (in whom I don’t believe), please help us.
— Anthony AV (@UnorthodoxPop) March 26, 2022
MTG mocks Pete Buttigieg for not consuming more fossil fuel and accuses him of hanging out in girls bathrooms…
— ⭐️ Merrily vaccinated agnostic⭐️ (@MerrillLynched) March 26, 2022
Raise your hand if you’re a female and would rather share a bathroom with Pete Buttigieg than Majorie Taylor Greene pic.twitter.com/KDyoCJyNjE
— Mrs D says Common Sense tells you…🌊🌐🍃 (@Mrs_Cldh) March 26, 2022
Pete has the best family life and is a happy man. Obviously, this woman is mad about that and what lacks in her life.
— Fabulous Woman 💋🇺🇦 (@HavanaBornGirl) March 26, 2022
Wait, Pete and his husband want to put electric vehicles in girls' bathrooms?
— The Nicest Boy on this Website and App (@bikivindaloo) March 26, 2022