Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) just shared pictures of one or more minors on Twitter in order to attack the family of a possibly transgender young person.
“This child is not old enough to vote, buy cigarettes, or watch an R rated movie, but they let her choose to have them cut her breast off,” Greene wrote while sharing a tweet with two pictures. One of the pictures shows a girl in her early teens fully dressed, the other shows a young person in their late teens or early 20s shirtless after what appears to be a double mastectomy.
“My Protect Children’s Innocence Act will stop this,” she wrote, referring to a bill she introduced last month.
Greene retweeted anti-trans activist Chloe Cole, who wrote, “Reality check: Nothing is okay about this.”
Neither Greene nor Cole appear to know the name of the person or people in the photos — they don’t look like the same person, but that may be because of the time that passed between the two photographs — how old they are, or why the latter person had undergone surgery. If the person was over the age of 18 or had a mastectomy for reasons unrelated to gender-affirming care, then Greene’s bill wouldn’t have prohibited the procedure.
Gender-affirming surgery is not performed on minors — in fact, the oft-repeated claim was rated “false” by Politifact. Nevertheless, the idea that children’s hospitals are performing gender-affirming surgeries on young children has gained traction on the far-right this past month, leading to harassment and death threats against pediatricians working at children’s hospitals.
People on Twitter criticized Greene for sharing the images of a minor without permission from the family and for trying to interfere in another person’s medical decisions.