I was hired as Salon’s nights and weekends editor in February of 2022. Before that, the little I knew of Marjorie Taylor Greene led me to lump her into the same category as Kanye West or Elon Musk, to cite two other humans very much in the news this past year. I knew little about her politics, but Greene registered as another public figure who had been afforded every opportunity and resource in the world to make a positive impact but who had opted instead to make as loud of a fuss and as big of a mess as possible.
After nearly a full calendar year following Greene’s career as an especially aggressive Republican member of Congress from Georgia — and the conservative movement’s biggest star, other than a guy named Donald Something-or-Other — I can’t say that my initial opinion of her has changed much. But I believe I’ve acquired some keener insight into where she’s coming from and where she’s likely headed.
Donald Trump loves Greene and has often referred to her as his “warrior.” That may be how she sees herself, but true warriors aren’t as needy as Greene seems to be. don’t need as much as Greene does. Judging by her appearances over the past year, it’s clear that saying whatever bonkers thing comes to mind, with the goal of ensuring that she’ll land at the top of news coverage the following morning, takes precedence over any legitimate action plan. Growing up, I was taught not to talk about doing things but just to do them. That’s how a strong woman should be, and how a warrior should act. I’m not a warrior by any means — but neither is she.
My background is in writing about culture and celebrities, and I viewed Greene through that lens as I watched her spend 2022 nuzzling up to the twice-impeached ex-president, attacking vulnerable people, encouraging violence and dehumanizing the LGBTQ community at every opportunity. In other words, I know her as a villain, and as a lover of film, television and literature, I also know that villains are often the most compelling, even irresistible characters.
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In every nightmare I’ve had since I was a child, if there’s a monster or some such thing coming after me I don’t attempt to run away from it, I try to join with it, intuiting, even in a dream, that fighting from the inside rather than from the outside is the better move. You get close to a villain so you can keep track of where they are and what they’re doing. You get close to a villain so you’re ready to bring them down when an opportunity presents itself. How nice would it be if this ended up being Marjorie Taylor Greene’s fate? (Admittedly, it won’t be me who pulls this off.)
Oscar Wilde once said, “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” It’s no problem for me personally to forgive the blonde hellion from Georgia for making a platform out of kickin’ and stompin’ and screaming into the ignorant abyss to the enormous detriment of this country and its people. But it’s much harder to get past all the chaos she created this year. Herewith, just a few of her most poorly chosen “warrior” moments.
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