Marjorie’s SOTU Stunt
By Samantha Altieri
Image provided by Marjorie Taylor Greene (via her Twitter account)
Prior to the 2023 State of the Union, the annual event in which the President of the United States addresses the United States Congress in a joint session, a Congressional event in which the Senate and House of Representatives meet at the same time to discuss the current issues facing Americans and how he believes to solve them, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, representing Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, dressed up as a white balloon, parading around the halls of The Hill.
Greene, representative of Georgia’s 14th District since 2021, earned widespread media coverage during the 117th Congress for her far-right, QAnon promoting, conspiratorial beliefs, going so far as to claim that the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks were a “hoax.” Greene, ironically placed on the House Homeland Security Committee earlier this year, brandished a white balloon around the Capitol, on Tuesday, February 7th, to comment on the recent spotting of a Chinese spy balloon in the United States airspace.
Greene posted a photo of herself, balloon in tow, to her Twitter account with the caption “It’s just an innocent balloon,” leading to a flurry of memes across social media platforms. Despite soaring through the Capitol for most of the afternoon, the balloon’s flight path was intercepted prior to the President’s speech, remaining outside the House Chamber during the joint address.