Marjorie Taylor Greene is fast becoming a symbol of resistance over the Democrat House of Representative’s mask mandate, amassing nearly $50,000 in fines for refusing to comply.
According to a report in The Hill, Greene has been rebuked by the House sergeant-at-arms at least 20 times this year for refusing to wear a mask in the chamber.
Those reprimands have led to “at least” $48,000 in fines.
She has been fined 7 times this year, with the latest instance coming in September.
A letter from House Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker from last week reveals that Greene, according to The Hill report, “has been documented not wearing a mask in the House chamber at least 20 times since May.”
They add she “was fined $500 in May for her first offense, with $2,500 penalties imposed for subsequent offenses.”
Despite the fines, Greene doesn’t appear interested in bowing down to the pressure.
“I will continue my stand on the House floor against authoritarian Democrat mandates because I don’t want the American people to stand alone,” she said in a statement.
She took to social media to argue that the House mask mandate is arbitrary in its enforcement and argued that she is being singled out.
“Democrat members don’t wear masks in the members’ gym when they work out. None of us do and no one should,” Greene tweeted.
“Why do I get fined for not wearing a mask when I’m sitting in a chair on the House floor the same as people eating unmasked at a restaurant?”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi re-instituted the mask mandate back in July despite the prevalence of the COVID-19 vaccine for lawmakers at the time.
Several Republicans balked at the mandate.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi, saying that forcing members who are predominantly fully vaccinated to wear masks is not ‘following the science.’
Pelosi responded by calling him a “moron.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, ever the conservative firebrand, has courted controversy in the past when it comes to mask mandates.
An aide to the Congresswoman reportedly got into a heated exchange with Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Arabian White) last Spring over his wearing a mask.
Swalwell claims he was bullied by the aide to take his mask off.
A reporter who witnessed the altercation described Swalwell as the aggressor after the aide allegedly quipped, “Biden says you can take off your mask.”
Greene found herself in hot water when she made an ill-advised comparison of mask rules to the Holocaust.
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