Conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) claimed this week’s mass shooting at a parade in Illinois could be a covert operation carried out by gun control advocates.
“Two shootings on July 4, one in a wealthy white neighborhood and the other at a fireworks display,” she said in a clip posted to Twitter by Patriot Takes, which monitors right-wing media outlets.
Greene referred to the parade shooting in Highland Parkthat killed seven people, and probably an incident in Philadelphia that left two police officers injured†
“It almost sounds like it’s meant to persuade Republicans to get involved in more gun control,” she said. “I mean, after all, remember that we didn’t see that at all of the Pride parades in the month of June.”
After that, she tried to usurp not just the 4th of July—celebrated by all Americans—but the entire month in the name of Donald Trump.
“Once we get to MAGA month, once we get to the month that we all celebrate and love our country, we’ll have withdrawals on July 4th,” Greene said. “I mean, that’s, you know, that sounds like a conspiracy theory, right? Naturally. But what is the definition of right-wing conspiracy theory? Well, by the way, the news is only six months early.”
Pushing back on how her comments were signature, Greene posted a statement on Twitter from her news agency insisting that “the congressman was just asking about the timing.”
She also claimed on Twitter that this is “a fake news story” and that in the full video she also demands “to know what drugs, SSRIs, arrest records, what the police knew about the shooter and how upset I was that innocent people were killed.”
In other clips posted online, Greene, who has repeatedly embraced, says antisemitic conversation topics and earlier this year spoke at a white nationalist event ― pointed out that “white Christian nationalists” did not commit mass murders during Pride parades:
Some on social media were quick to point out that she’s repurposing her conspiracy theories — because she made a similar claim about the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, the deadliest such act in the modern history of the country.
Greene has a long history of promoting wild conspiracy theories, including one in May where she claimed the government would start tracking and controlling what people eat and “zapping” them if they actually eat meat as a means of forcing people to eat. “fake meat growing in a peach tree dish†
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.