Far-right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was left fuming recently after her repeated violations of Twitter's disinformation policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic saw Greene's personal account permanently banned.
Greene used the moment to accuse the private company of violating her free speech and of silencing conservatives.
She soon turned to GETTR, the so-called "free speech" social media outlet founded by a former Trump official, to slam Twitter.
Marge Greene’s post on GETTR just now reacting to her permanent twitter ban. pic.twitter.com/3nzoLJIl9Y
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 2, 2022
"Twitter is an enemy to America and can't handle the truth."
If that last part sounds familiar, perhaps you've seen the 1992 film, A Few Good Men.
The film, written by Aaron Sorkin, features a climactic courtroom scene in which protagonist Lieutenant Daniel Kafee, played by Tom Cruise, deposes Colonel Nathan Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson.
When Kafee demands Jessup tell the truth about whether or not he gave a "code red" order for his subordinates to kill one of their own, Jessup bellows:
"You can't handle the truth!"
The line is one of the most iconic of any American film in the 20th century, with the scene ending in Jessup's arrest.
In a visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden, Sorkin responded to Greene's use of arguably the most famous sentence of Sorkin's career.
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"She can go to hell. ... I liked it a lot better when Burger King was using it."
Sorkin, whose body of work often centers around American politics and media with shows like The West Wing and Newsroom, was praised for his terse response.
Aaron Sorkin not liking Marjorie Taylor Greene using one of his most iconic movie quotes to defend herself against social media bans. “Yeah, she can go to hell." Re her saying that Twitter is “an enemy of the people and can’t handle the truth.” I agree with Mr. Sorkin
— Democracywins (@MizMiathanksyou) January 4, 2022
— Alo (@Ayelowren) January 4, 2022
Corden wasn’t even able to finish his full question on the matter, before Sorkin cut him off saying, “Yeah, she can go to hell.”
— Ladyred #VetsResistSupportSquadron (@ladyred1956) January 4, 2022
Others had similar reactions to Greene's words.
I don’t care what #MarjorieTraitorGangrene has to say. Do you? https://t.co/wZR9frzEFU
— Dr. Sandra (@SandraJNowakow1) January 4, 2022
Absolutely bonkers. I can remember when politicians referred to people that are on the other side as “OPPONENTS”, not “ENEMIES”. Good riddance Marge 🖕🏽 https://t.co/PdLHYZQ88Z
— Quawzilla (@quawzilla) January 2, 2022
I wonder how her future cell mate will respond to her rants? https://t.co/sV4bF58TJl
— Mad-in-Maine, Stephanie Violette (@maine_mad) January 2, 2022
In truth, MTG can't handle reality. #MajorieTaylorGreene https://t.co/gSYyzqvwzx
— Alexander Ali (@ShinDarkRyu) January 3, 2022
Oh my. She doesn’t need to be in Congress https://t.co/Bw9o9AOqvq
— Sue Scoby (@SueScoby) January 2, 2022
Greene has since called on all congressional Republicans to abandon the social media outlet.