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Reporter Brings Instant Fact-Check After QAnon Rep Claims 'DC Is Completely Dead' After Chauvin Verdict

Reporter Brings Instant Fact-Check After QAnon Rep Claims 'DC Is Completely Dead' After Chauvin Verdict
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Millions across the country rejoiced on Tuesday afternoon when Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second and third degree murder, as well as second degree manslaughter for his killing of George Floyd.

Floyd's death at Chauvin's hands near Minneapolis, Minnesota sparked nationwide protests and accelerated the United States' centuries-long reckoning with law enforcement's disproportionate violence toward Black Americans.

While organizers emphasized that Chauvin's guilty verdict was only a small victory in the longer road toward preventing police violence against Black Americans, people across the country celebrated the rare instance of a police officer being held to account for a murder the nation watched repeatedly on tape.

But not everyone was joyous.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), whose support for the QAnon conspiracy theory before her election thrust her into national infamy, claimed D.C. was "dead" because residents were too fearful to leave their homes after the verdict.

Greene absurdly claimed the Black Lives Matter movement was the "strongest terrorist threat in our county [sic]."

According to the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security, white supremacist extremists—whose rhetoric often intersects with Greene's own—remain the "most persistent and lethal threat to the homeland."

Despite voting against a bill honoring the Capitol Police who responded to the failed insurrection from pro-Trump extremists this past January, Greene frequently positions herself as a pro-law enforcement congressperson while fantasizing about killing protesters.

So it's no surprise that Greene latest lie was promptly fact-checked, this time by NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Garret Haake.

He wasn't the only one.

People noted who they believed the real threat to be.

As the verdict in the Chauvin trial was being prepared in Minneapolis, police shot and killed 15 year old Ma'khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio.