What the ‘Pro-Pedophile’ Rhetoric Really Means About the Direction of the Republican Party.

The GOP is inciting and preparing for violence.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readApr 8, 2022


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As many of us who follow politics took note of, Marjorie Taylor Greene recently made headlines once again for referring to the left — on more than one occasion — as ‘pro-pedophile’. After pausing to digest this and the significance of that kind of rhetoric, it began to sink in about what it means not only about her personal brand, but the future of the GOP. It’s beginning to hit me that in less than a year, a party where Greene remains one of the top fundraisers will probably be in control of the Senate and the House of Representatives as well.

As I’ve said a number of times, it’s been easy in the past to dismiss Greene as an anomaly. Nothing more than a spineless coward willing to say absolutely anything to make a headline or gain relevance within the GOP. The thing is though, she can no longer be ignored.

Has she faced any consequences for the remarks that she makes? What, exactly, has GOP leadership done to really take action against a member of their party who is making claims that her political opponents are ‘pro-pedophile’ simply because they do not subscribe to her narrative?

Marjorie Greene sees the polling. She knows that an increasing percentage of their base is growing more confident in the idea that they will have to take up arms. She is merely inciting it and giving them an excuse to do so.

Anything for relevance, right?

Words carry a significant amount of weight. In modern society, the label of pedophile is arguably the worst that anyone could carry, and for good reason. Anyone who takes advantage of innocence and vulnerability is among the cruelest that society has to offer. And yet, what Marjorie Greene is doing by simply labeling anyone who doesn’t go along with her transphobic, deeply disturbing narrative as a pedophile is muddying the waters. While it is meant to incite anger, disgust, violence and resentment among her base, at the same time one could argue it absolutely diminishes the significance of the label.

As I recently pointed out, it’s almost as though she’s a leader preparing for genocide.

This is the direction the GOP is heading, and should they take power again I would argue the instances of violence — directed towards trans individuals and their loved ones in particular — will skyrocket. They’re laying the groundwork already. They’re building the justifications and the narrative, and it’s only a matter of time before one of her supporters decides to take matters into their own hands. The GOP thrives off of fear of the other, and they’ve selected their latest main targets.

But the scariest part of all is there’s been nary a peep in response from the leadership within her party. That, right there, says it all.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx