Marjorie Taylor Green admitted to posting a photoshopped image while doubling down on a series of unfounded allegations about the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The Georgia actress, a first-term congresswoman known for promoting bizarre conspiracy theories, began her outlandish assertions hours after Monday’s shootings when she suggested gunman Robert Kremo’s rampage could be attributed to illegal drug use or common side effects. Used antidepressants.
Although there is no publicly available evidence to suggest that Kremo was a drug user of any kind, Greene took to Twitter late Monday to say that anyone not buying her claims was part of the coverage on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.
“When are we going to have an honest conversation about substance abuse, mental illness, SSRIs…and potentially fatal side effects. Are we really going to keep pretending? Or covering Big Pharma? Because I’m completely done with the political plays on this.” [bulls***],” she wrote. SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — are drugs often used as antidepressants.
Her fellow Republican, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, put his weight on shortly after Greene’s tweet, calling her “heartless.”
“Instead of having an iota of sympathy,” he wrote, “it’s cold-hearted madness.” “I’m totally done with this evil move.”
In a subsequent series of tweets, Greene continued her rant with a conspicuously taken photo of Mr. Cremo.
The man made rap videos about the school shooting or being killed in a hail of bullets by the police and was ‘known to the police.’ The public deserves to know why! Release his records, his school record, his arrest, drugs and prescriptions, hospitalization , psychiatry,” she wrote.
The public must not allow this to continue. People are not stupid. Is he in prison or rehab or in a psychiatric center in this photo? This is not his bedroom. 22 years old, 5’11 and 120lbs isn’t normal or healthy. What drugs or psychotropic drugs or both does he use? “
Soon, Green admitted the glaring lack of authenticity in the photo she shared – but argued that this supported her earlier comments.
“Supposedly this was photoshopped,” she wrote. “More reasons to release his records. What happened to him?”
Police arrested Cremo on Monday evening after a short chase with his car after he was linked to the shooting, which killed seven and left more than thirty injured, by a DNA sample found in a powerful rifle discovered at the scene. Absolutely.
The next day, he was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
According to NBC News, Crimo’s online presence indicates a long-standing interest in online subcultures fascinated by mass shootings and death. There is no evidence that he was a frequent user of illegal drugs, nor that he was treated with antidepressants.
Nancy Rottering, Mayor of Highland Park, told NBC today She knew the alleged killer as a child as part of the Cub Scout group she once led.
“I know him as someone who was a Cub Scout when I was the Cub Scout leader,” said Ms Rottering. And one of those things where you step back and say, ‘What happened? “How did someone become so angry, this hateful, to take it over an innocent who, literally, was just having a family day out?”