Greene Admits 9/11 Happened — But Doesn’t Actually Disavow Her Conspiracy Theory About It

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) arrives at her office at the Capitol on February 4, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
February 4, 2021 2:20 p.m.

While giving a House floor speech Thursday attempting to deny the various conspiracy theories she has peddled, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) seemed to address a particularly infamous belief of hers.

“I also want to tell you 9/11 absolutely happened,” she said. “I remember that day crying all day long, watching it on the news, and it’s a tragedy for anyone to say it didn’t happen. And so that I definitely want to tell you. I do not believe that it’s fake.”

However, Greene’s speech did not walk back the actual 9/11 conspiracy theory she had promoted.

In a video unearthed by MediaMatters, Greene never claimed that the terrorist attacks didn’t happen. Rather, she falsely suggested the Pentagon had not been hit by a plane that day.

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“We had witnessed 9/11, the terrorist attack in New York and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It’s odd there’s never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon,” she said. “But anyways, I won’t—I’m not going to dive into the 9/11 conspiracy. But 9/11 had happened.”

In a now-deleted tweet addressing the video last year, Greene only partially disputed the conspiracy theory and still suggested that the government was involved in the attacks somehow.

“Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it’s hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not,” she tweeted, per a screenshot captured by MediaMatters.

On Thursday, Greene also attempted to distance herself from the infamous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that ex-President Donald Trump was on an underground mission to take down a band of pedophiles embedded in elite Democratic circles.

The Republican said she “stumbled across” QAnon in 2017 when she was “looking things up on the Internet” regarding the Russia investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, but claimed to stop believing the conspiracy theory in 2018.

However, Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer pointed out that Greene endorsed QAnon as recently as December:

The GOP lawmaker’s speech on Thursday came amid the firestorm over her embrace of jaw-dropping conspiracy theories and social media activity showing her endorsing violence against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats. The Republican has flatly refused to apologize for her remarks.

House Democrats will hold a floor vote on stripping Greene of her committee assignments on Thursday.

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