In a now-deleted episode of her new podcast, MTG Battleground, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) accused transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney of being a pedophile, even though Greene did not make any specific accusation of Mulvaney abusing a child.
“I’d like to bring up one of the biggest pedophiles in America today,” she said. “His name is Dylan Mulvaney, and I won’t be referring… to him as a she or her.”
She then played part of a video showing Mulvaney in a bubble bath with a swimsuit on, laughing with a can of Bud Light.
“This is, uh, Dylan Mulvaney, he’s an actor, and he has a very specific role that he is playing and it’s the grooming and sexualization of children,” Greene said.
Last year, Mulvaney announced her transition and documented it on social media. She is enormously popular, with 10.8 million subscribers on TikTok and 1.8 million followers on Instagram. She explains what it’s like to transition to her followers while producing wholesome and positive content that usually involves her dancing, trying on clothes, talking to celebrities, and discussing her feelings and experiences. Her content does not involve children or discussing children.
But rightwingers like Greene have hated Mulvaney for at least a year, attacking her for doing things like carrying tampons in her purse to hand out to people who need them.
She was accused of “erasing women” when she did a video interview for ULTA cosmetics, and the right freaked out in March when she did an interview with Drew Barrymore where both women ended up talking on the floor.
That is to say that the right already hated Mulvaney before she did a 50-second sponsored Instagram video for Bud Light, which led to weeks of unbridled outrage from conservatives.
Many people on the far-right use accusations of pedophilia against anyone they don’t like, and Greene has been known to do this in the past. She was one of the first people elected to Congress with known ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that Donald Trump was fighting a secret international cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic child sex abusers that included major Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Hollywood celebrities like Tom Hanks.
In a 2017 video, Greene called QAnon “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out.”
“Have you guys been following 4chan, Q – any of that stuff?” she said. “I don’t know who Q is, but I’m just going to tell you about it because I think it’s something worth listening to and paying attention to.”
While she has since walked back her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, Greene recently called President Joe Biden a pedophile on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl. There are no accusations of child sex abuse against Biden, and several days later Greene made a video full of innocuous clips of Biden and said they proved that “Democrats are the party of pedophiles.”
So while the word “pedophile” has a specific meaning, it’s not at all clear that Greene sees it as anything other than a vile insult to lob at people she disagrees with.