U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got the “60 Minutes” treatment on Sunday, introducing her far-right version of populist politics to a national audience.
The Rome Republican talked to host Lesley Stahl about her negative views of Democrats, defended her support for former President Donald Trump and explained a series of political views that fit under the umbrella of Christian nationalism.
“The Founding Fathers quoted the Bible constantly and were driven by their faith,” Greene said.
In one exchange, Greene explained why she called Democrats pedophiles and groomers and accused them of sexualizing children, her way of describing opposition to laws limiting medical care for transgender children.
“They are not pedophiles; why would you say that?” Stahl replied. Later, as Greene doubled down, Stahl frowned and said, “Wow, ok.”
But on social media the backlash was against CBS for its decision to highlight Greene on its flagship interview program, with the hashtag #Boycott60Minutes trending on Twitter on Sunday evening.
Some of those critics noted that Greene has called for protests in New York City on Tuesday to coincide with Trump’s appearance in a Manhattan courthouse. The former president is expected to turn himself in for arraignment there after news broke last week that he would be indicted on charges related to hush money payments to a former porn star.
The event, which organizers are calling a “peaceful protest,” will be held at a park near the courthouse in conjunction with the New York Young Republican Club. The other headliners are Jack Posobiec, a TV pundit associated with white supremacy and Nazism, and conservative media personality Graham Allen. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be at the event to cover it.)
New York Mayor Eric Adams, during a Monday news conference, warned Greene specifically and said that no violence would be tolerated at the rally. “Be on your best behavior,” he said.
Trump’s camp announced he’ll deliver remarks about the indictment Tuesday night from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. Greene plans to attend that, too.
“Yes, I’m going to Mar-a-Lago,” she said in a statement to the AJC. ”I’m supporting President Trump in every way possible.”