Marjorie Taylor Greene humiliates herself by showing she doesn’t know basic US history

May 1, 2024; Washington, DC, USA; Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speaks during a press conference outside the US Capitol on potential motion to vacate against Speaker of the House Mike Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY
Rep. Greene (R-GA) speaks on May 1, 2024. Photo: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY via IMAGN

Anti-LGBTQ+ Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) considers herself a MAGA patriot. In fact, in observance of the country’s July 4th Independence Day, she tried making a social media post listing out the men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — the only problem: Most of the men she listed didn’t actually sign that document.

In a July 5 post on X, Greene wrote, “The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 was 44 years old, but more than a dozen were 35 or younger.” She then listed the names of ages of eight famous American founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock (who both signed the document) as well as six men who didn’t, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, Aaron Burr, Paul Revere, and George Washington.

A community note pointing out her error appeared on the bottom of her X post, and social media commenters piled on.

The watchdog site Patriot Takes wrote, “Marjorie Taylor Greene works minutes away from the nation’s founding documents.” Others mocked her by passing off other bits of incorrect history as “facts,” saying she should take a civics class, or challenge her intellect by debating a bag of hammers.

Greene isn’t known for her intellect. In fact, even the right-leaning Fox News network called her an “idiot.” She is also known for regularly spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories.

She has previously said that an airplane never hit the Pentagon during the September 11 terrorist attacks, that all school shootings are fake, that California wildfires were started by a Jewish-owned space laser, and that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once sliced off a child’s face and wore it.

It’s also worth noting that while Euro-centric history remembers the nation’s “founding fathers” as the men who created the foundational documents and institutions of our federal government, First Nation Native Americans and Black slaves played an undeniably vital role in establishing America’s infrastructure early in the country’s history. As such, they too are among the nation’s founders.

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