- Video resurfaced on Wednesday shows Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing David Hogg in 2018.
- Greene is seen following the Parkland shooting survivor as he walks toward the Capitol.
- She also called him a “coward” and said his silence is evidence he can’t defend his gun-control stance.
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A recently-resurfaced video shows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg on Capitol Hill shortly after the 2018 attack, calling him a “coward.”
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was among the 17 people killed in the school shooting, shared the video on Twitter on Wednesday.
The video shows Greene tailing Hogg as he walked toward the Capitol in March 2018 to advocate for gun control, just weeks after he survived the February 14 shooting. Hogg was 17 years old at the time. Greene was elected to Congress in November 2020.
.@mtgreenee, is this you harassing @davidhogg111 weeks after the Parkland shooting, that my daughter was killed in & he was in? Calling him a coward for ignoring your insanity. I will answer all of your questions in person. Get ready to record again.pic.twitter.com/aQjL74x7kh
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 27, 2021
The footage shows Greene peppering Hogg with questions, asking why he’s using kids to push his anti-gun agenda and telling him that there wouldn’t be school shootings if more people carried guns.
Hogg ignores Greene’s questions and continues walking in silence.
“Why are you using kids as a barrier? Do you not know how to defend your stance? Look, I’m an American citizen, I’m a gun owner. I have a concealed carry permit, I carry a gun for protection for myself, and you are using your lobby and the money behind it and the kids to try to take away my Second Amendment rights,” Greene says in the video.
“You don’t have anything to say for yourself? You can’t defend your stance?” she continues.
“You know, if school zones were protected with security guards with guns, there would be no mass shootings at schools. Do you know that? The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun. And yet you’re attacking our Second Amendment. And you have nothing to say. No words.”
Eventually Greene stops following Hogg and turns to address the camera, complaining about how Hogg secured meetings with lawmakers while she didn’t get one. She also accuses Hogg, without evidence, of being paid to lobby for gun control.
“Guess what, I’m a gun owner, I’m an American citizen, and I have nothing. But this guy with his George Soros funding and his major liberal funding has got everything. I want you to think about that. That’s where we are. And he’s a coward. He can’t say one word because he can’t defend his stance,” Greene says.
Hogg responded to the video going viral on Wednesday on Twitter, saying it’s an example of the kind of intimidation fellow gun-violence survivors face while trying to prevent other mass shootings.
1/2 As we fight for peace we also face massive amounts of death threats and armed intimidation simply for not wanting our friends to die anymore.
This is not the country we should be and it’s not the country we have to be.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 28, 2021
“As we fight for peace, we also face massive amounts of death threats and armed intimidation simply for not wanting our friends to die anymore,” Hogg said. “This is not the country we should be and it’s not the country we have to be.”
He added: “Part of the reason we were so calm with [Greene] harassing us was because we have been through similar stuff so many times before. It’s just this time it was on video â€” and they’re in Congress now. What you see in that video is about 0.1% of what we go through in a year.”
BTW part of the reason we were so calm with @mtgreenee harassing us was because we have been through similar stuff so many times before it’s just this time it was on video- and they’re in Congress now.
What you see in that video is about 0.1% of what we go through in a year.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 28, 2021
Insider has contacted Greene for comment.
Greene is one of the most controversial Republican to be elected to Congress in 2020, thanks to her support in the past for the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory.
Last week, school shooting survivors called on Greene to resign when a report found that she agreed with a social media post that claimed the Parkland shooting was staged.
Earlier this week the office of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would speak to Greene about her “disturbing” social-media comments.