Just days after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs killed five people and injured many more, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, whose Twitter account was recently restored Elon Musk, took to the platform to hurl anti-LGBTQ insults at San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener.
It started on Sunday when Wiener tweeted, “The word ‘groomer’ is a categorical anti-LGBTQ hate word. It’s very homophobic/transphobic. It plays into the slander that LGBTQ people are pedophiles. It’s no different than calling someone a name (gay slur). When you call someone a groomer, you are inciting anti-LGBTQ violence.”
Green, reinstated over the weekend, tweeted Wiener’s message on Tuesday and used it to promote a bill she authored that would prevent transgender children from receiving gender-affirming treatment.
“Hand over mine The Protection of Children’s Innocence Act to prevent such communist caretakers from using the power of state government to separate children from their parents to allow the for-profit medical industry to cut off the genitalia of these confused children before they are even old enough to vote,” Green wrote.
Wiener, who has authored several pro-LGBTQ bills, including one that would make California a haven for families seeking gender-affirming treatment for their children, is no stranger to receiving hate tweets.
He responded via Twitter Greene’s tweet on Wednesday was a “pretty clever combination of red-baiting McCarthy and gay-baiting.”
“For the record, her ‘Protection of the Innocence of Children Act’ comes pretty damn close to banning trans people from existing. Oh, and Kevin McCarthy is going to restore her capabilities,” Wiener wrote.
Rep. Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, answered coming to Wiener’s defense on Twitter, condemning Green’s tweet.
“Such rhetoric in the immediate aftermath of a hate-motivated mass shooting that killed 5 people simply because of who they are is meant to incite intimidation, fear and violence. We support the LGBTQ community 100% and we all need to speak up to stand up to hate,” Haney wrote.