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Controversy Erupts Over Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Remarks Calling Transgender Admiral Rachel Levine “A Mentally Ill Man”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia came under heavy fire for her derogatory comments regarding transgender federal official Admiral Rachel Levine. 

Greene’s remarks specifically targeted Levine, the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and provoked an online backlash.

Background on Admiral Rachel Levine

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As the assistant secretary for health for the United States at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Admiral Rachel Levine is well-known for her support of care that is gender-affirming. 

Confirmed in 2021, Levine’s appointment represented a major turning point for the representation of transgender people in federal leadership.

Greene’s Latest Salvo

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Admiral Levine was filmed talking about how climate change is affecting the Black community. 

Greene attacked Levine’s gender identity, misgendering her, and undermining her knowledge. 

A number of people quickly criticized Greene’s social media comments.

A Man Claiming to be A Woman

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Her tweet read, “Here is a man pretending to be a woman claiming the climate is hurting black Americans more than others. This is the Democrat Party. Mental illness on full display.”

Social Media Backlash

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Online users denounced Greene’s comments and talked about the importance of respecting individuals’ identities and advocating for inclusivity. 

Some criticized Greene’s lack of acceptance and urged her to be more open-minded.

Views Against Greene’s Statements

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A number of people strongly disagreed with Greene’s opinions, highlighting Admiral Levine’s right to self-identification and denouncing prejudice against transgender people. 

The debate sparked discussions about acceptance and tolerance in society.

Previous Attacks

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Admiral Levine has been the target of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s attention before. 

Greene had previously offered a failed amendment that would have cut Levine’s pay to $1, citing concerns about Levine’s support of transgender youth healthcare that is gender-affirming.

Offensive Remarks

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She said: “My amendment uses the Holman rule (an amendment to appropriations legislation that can reduce the salary of or fire specific federal employees) to reduce, no castrate, the salary of assistant secretary for health Richard Levine to $1, the same way he supports castrating children who suffer from gender dysphoria.”

Opposition in the House

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There was strong opposition to Greene’s proposed amendment in the House, as most members voted against it. 

Greene attempted to malign Levine, but her amendment did not receive enough support from her colleagues.

Reactions From LGBTQ+ Supporters

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The controversy surrounding Greene’s comments sparked new discussions about the rights of LGBTQ+ people and their representation in politics. 

Advocates demanded greater understanding and acceptance and stressed the significance of respecting the identities of transgender people. 

Calls for Accountability

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Greene’s detractors have called for accountability, denouncing her rhetoric as harmful and discriminatory. 

The scrutiny that persists highlights how important it is to have courteous discussions and mutual understanding regarding issues related to diversity and gender identity.

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