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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday that she’d like to invite Elon Musk to Capitol Hill after his Twitter takeover – and would assemble a group of ‘brilliant’ people banned from the network to have a conversation with him.
‘I don’t know Mr. Musk, but I do invite him to come talk with me in Washington, D.C. I would be happy to put together a roundtable of all the most brilliant people who have been unjustly banned from Twitter and he can see for himself the urgent necessity of doing right by them,’ Greene told reporters at a press conference outside the Capitol. ‘Which we all hope he will as he has stated he believes in free speech.
Greene said to the crowd: ‘We don’t need to be told what we can and can’t say online by nutcases in San Francisco or other places.’
She told DailyMail.com she hasn’t officially made the ask to Musk, but did name some of her ideal attendees.
‘There would be a lot of people I’d love to invite to this roundtable. I see someone standing behind you right there – Milo Yiannopoulus – I think he’d be a great person to have there,’ she said.
Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in 2016 over his engagement in the racist and targeted abuse of comedian Leslie Jones, who is black.
‘Alex Jones would be another person,’ Greene went on.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Thursday that she’d like to invite Elon Musk to Capitol Hill after his Twitter takeover – and would assemble a group of ‘brilliant’ people banned from the network to have a conversation with him
‘I see someone standing behind you right there – Milo Yiannopoulus – I think he’d be a great person to have there,’ she told DailyMail.com, suggesting Yiannopoulus, who was banned from Twitter in 2016, would be among those she’d invite to meet with Elon Musk
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she was ‘cautiously optimistic about the prospects for Twitter now that Elon Musk (pictured) has taken over’
Jones was banned from Twitter in 2018, with the company saying he engaged in ‘abusive behavior.’
He’s widely known as a right-wing conspiracy theorist.
‘We’ll put together a great list of people who have been just almost deleted from public life due to this type of censorhip and I think Elon Musk will enjoy talking to them,’ Greene said.
Greene’s personal Twitter account got suspended in January after she repeatedly posted content that violated the company’s policy on COVID-19 misinformation.
She still has access to her Congressional account.
Greene told reporters Thursday she wanted her personal Twitter account reinstated.
‘On my Congressional Twitter account, for all of us here, we’re not allowed to talk about our campaigns or ask for money, say, to defend ourselves in court from political attacks and things like that. So it’s important to me to have my personal Twitter account,’ she explained.
‘I am cautiously optimistic about the prospects for Twitter now that Elon Musk has taken over,’ she also said.
Greene’s main reason for hosting a press conference was to tout legislation – the 21st Century Free Speech Act – that she’s introducing alongside Sen. Bill Hagerty, who’s sponsoring the same bill in the upper chamber.
The bill would scrap Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and replace it with ‘reasonable, non-discriminatory access to online communications platforms’ that would treat so-called Big Tech as a ‘common carrier,’ similar to an airline or FedEx, Greene said.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also said she’d invite Infowars’ Alex Jones, who was banned from Twitter in 2018, to meet with Elon Musk about the social media network for a panel discussion at the U.S. Capitol
Milo Yiannopoulos (right) trails Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (center) as she heads back into the Capitol Building after her Thursday afternoon press conference. Greene named Yiannopoulos as one of the ‘brilliant’ people banned on Twitter she would like to have Elon Musk meet
Reporters gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building Thursday afternoon for a press conference with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who wanted to tout legislation she’s proposing to get rid of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Greene said that illegal activity like child trafficking would remain unlawful – but suggested it would make it more difficult for tech companies to patrol misinformation.
‘I don’t believe in this whole misinformation thing that the Democrats are wanting to push on people,’ she said, adding that it was ‘their term for silencing free speech.’
‘For example, parents’ ability to say I want to protect my daughters in their bathrooms and in their sports – that can be considered hate speech or misinformation, or people’s ability to say – I don’t want the government forcing me to take a vaccine,’ Greene said. ‘I’d like to have full control over my own health and choose if I would like to use my own natural immunity against the biological weapon of COVID-19.’
‘People that said things like that were permanently banned on social media,’ she noted.
She said that anti-trans and anti-vax opinions weren’t ‘misinformation.’
‘That’s people expressing their own views, their own opinions and that’s their freedom of speech and they have the right to make those decisions and Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, no other big tech company has the right to remove them for saying things like that,’ Greene said.