Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia recently complained about the focus on white supremacists and suggested America should focus on other issues.
“Jerrold Nadler was in the House and he was talking about white supremacy,” she said during an appearance on Real America’s Voice, Raw Story reported Sunday.
Greene was referring to remarks by New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler in the House on May 18, where he called for a tougher response to hate crimes.
“And he [Nadler] referred to the terrible shooting that took place in [Buffalo] New York, but completely ignoring the shooting that happened in California which I believe involved an Asian man who was the shooter,” she added in an apparent reference to the shooting at a California church in Laguna Woods last week which left one dead and 5 injured.Authorities said the suspect was an “Asian male in his 60s” who was later identified as David Wenwei Chou.
His comments come after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York earlier this month in which a white teenager allegedly shot and killed 10 black people in a grocery store. Authorities investigated the shooting as a hate crime in which 18-year-old Payton Grendon, charged with murder, allegedly targeted a predominantly black neighborhood. After the shooting, a manifesto allegedly published by the teenager, featuring anti-immigrant and white supremacist views, surfaced online.
This week, Nadler spoke about the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act citing a number of crimes committed by white attackers, including the Buffalo shooting, the 2019 El Paso shooting, and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. in 2018, among others.
“I want to use my time to highlight what these three cases have in common: the shooter in each case was a white male, each angry at the so-called ‘replacement theory’, each traveling a certain distance to target a community minority, each in hopes of terrorizing this community with mass murder,” said Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“We need to act — and HR 350, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act,” he added, pointing out that the law creates three offices that would monitor, investigate and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism.
“These newly created offices would issue joint semi-annual reports to Congress assessing the state of domestic terrorism threats – with a particular focus on white supremacists – and would be required to focus their resources based on the data collected and the most significant threats” , Nadler added. .
Meanwhile, during his appearance on Real America’s Voice, Greene claimed that other shooting incidents involving black suspects, including the Brooklyn subway shooting, have not received the same attention.
“These people are all guilty of these crimes and it’s not about race,” she said. “It shouldn’t be about race. But they are clearly racist too.”
After the Buffalo shooting, a new poll showed that 75% of black Americans fear they or a loved one will be physically attacked because of their race. However, Greene insisted that “white supremacists should not be the primary target.”
“We should be more concerned about illegal border invasion, the crime that happens every day on our streets, especially in cities like Chicago. We should be prosecuting criminals who break the law and not prosecuting people based on their skin color and how they vote. But that’s what Democrats want to do,” she continued.
Newsweek contacted Rep. Greene’s media office for comment.