Far-right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has generated a wealth of controversy for her constant promotion of conspiracy theories regarding everything from school shootings to wildfires in California, and—especially—surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 900 thousand Americans.
In an interview last week, Greene was promoting unverified claims that Capitol Police officers were surveilling members of Congress at the orders of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police” lmaooooooo pic.twitter.com/uJNaF1eYDQ
— Dylan Park (@dyllyp) February 9, 2022
"Not only do we have the D.C. jail, which is the D.C. gulag, but now we have Nancy Pelosi's gazpacho police spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff, and spying on American citizens that want to come talk to their representatives."
Of course, Greene was referring to the "gestapo," the Nazi secret police, rather than "gazpacho," a chilled vegetable-based soup originating in Spain.
Using her official congressional Twitter account (her personal account was banned for vaccine disinformation), Greene addressed the slip-up in a recent post.
Some of us slip up a word every now and then, but Joe Biden doesn’t even know the words coming out of his mouth practically all the time.
The good news is that the people know the difference.
So in the famous words of some one I hold dear.. Covfefe! https://t.co/M1nsl3XUY6
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 11, 2022
Greene ended the tweet with "Covfefe!", an allusion to an infamous typo made by former President Donald Trump in a 2017 tweet.
"Despite the constant negative press covfefe"
Never one to admit even the most innocuous of mistakes, Trump insisted the nonsense word wasn't a typo at all, but carried a hidden meaning.
"Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!"
The White House press secretary at the time, Sean Spicer, suggested the same:
"I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."
Given the rehearsed cadence of Greene's delivery, though, people were hesitant to believe she'd made a slip-up.
Marjorie Gazpacho Green it was not slip up it was purely Goulash soup. https://t.co/HoSQtpwVLM
— BademJoon (@TheBabaJoon) February 14, 2022
It wasn’t a slip up, Marge. It appeared pretty rehearsed.
The best part, however, is that your staff hates your guts so friggin’ much that they didn’t tell you and let you push that embarrassing clip out the the world. That’s so telling. https://t.co/QlyDwsx8xC
— Brian MD (@bone00afide) February 12, 2022
Tell me you don’t know the difference between gazpacho and Gestapo without telling me you don’t know the difference between gazpacho and Gestapo. https://t.co/xIaoIJFVpt pic.twitter.com/gCSK6ZSmkF
— Sir Rants-A-Lot (@ClayRayMore) February 12, 2022
If it WAS a slip up - which I doubt - then I have one word for you sweetie.#proofread https://t.co/7swoWaTH0W
— Fully Vaccinated Auntie B (@MrsMike921) February 12, 2022
Sometimes it's better just to let things die. MTG just gave her "gazpacho" mistake new life.
And she didn't mis-speak. She didn't know any better. She calls a "cabal" a "cable." https://t.co/jLCJkyxzlq
— Sheila Venable (@Sheila_Venable) February 12, 2022
Slip up? Yeah right - everyone with a brain knows that you're just effing ignorant. Covfefe to you too! 🤣😂🤣😂 https://t.co/cpnrfeDsxq
— Fred Hoffman (@FredHoffmanFit) February 12, 2022
Her invocation of Trump didn't help much either.
Supporting Donald Trump either makes you stupid,
or it's evidence that you're stupid.
Take your pick. https://t.co/cIme3qcr9D
— Matty’s Paradigm (@MattysParadigm) February 13, 2022
Invoking an illiterate combover in a whataboutism. https://t.co/1lM3ZE6rCZ
— Jamie is a Bad Democrat (@jsaxattax) February 12, 2022
Yes, you hold him dear, you are both hateful shells of beings, completely lack intellect and uglier than sin! https://t.co/EaeR55aAwu
— kcm (@makinitmyway) February 12, 2022
Sadly, the backlash from her comments isn't likely to stop her embrace of disinformation.