The Terrible Things I Have Said and Done My Entire Life, and Right Up Until a Few Days Ago, Do Not Represent Me As a Person - McSweeney's Internet Tendency

  

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Via:  sandy-2021492  •  3 weeks ago  •  18 comments

By:   eligrober (McSweeneys Internet Tendency)

The Terrible Things I Have Said and Done My Entire Life, and Right Up Until a Few Days Ago, Do Not Represent Me As a Person - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
"I never said any of these things since I have been elected for Congress. These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me." — R...

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"I never said any of these things since I have been elected for Congress. These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me." — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, addressing conspiracy theories and violence she has endorsed and promoted over and over again.

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Before you make the mistake of rushing to judgment, I want to make one thing absolutely clear: the terrible, awful things I have said and done and enabled and incited over and over again for most of my life and right up until a few days ago do not represent me as a person in any way.

Sure, you can look at only the part of my life where I said and did incendiary and hurtful things. But that would only be about ninety-seven to ninety-eight percent of my life. What about the other two to three percent, which all occurred after I found out I was hurting my image and career? Shouldn't that matter just as much, if not more?

And what kind of example does it set, that we must be held accountable to the despicable ideas and lies we used to publicly promote and endorse many hours and minutes ago in the past? Are we as people not allowed to change for the better, in just the last few days, once it's our very last resort to keep a job we shouldn't have?

Besides, these things that everyone is claiming I believe are complete distortions of what I actually said! The media constantly takes things I say and then repeats them on their news shows and in their magazines, and they always leave something out, like the thing I haven't even said yet that lets you know I don't believe the thing I already said.

If the media wants to be completely accurate, they should write down every word I've ever said in my entire life, then wait for me to finish saying everything I'll ever say, and then publish only the good things that everyone will like. Only then would they be totally unbiased. Until then, they're just cherry-picking.

Have you noticed that I've gone over five paragraphs without saying and believing and doing the things everyone is accusing me of saying and believing and doing? Doesn't that show you how much I've changed ever since my publicist and lawyer and bosses told me that I need to change? Well, I think it does.

I think I've done a great deal of growing and learning in the last seventy-two to ninety-six hours. And I'm a completely different person now than I was all that time ago last week. So I'm going to wait until everyone moves on to focusing on someone else who's been caught doing and saying bizarre, harmful things for most of their life, and then I'll go back to doing what I do best: things that definitely don't represent me as a person.


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sandy-2021492
PhD Principal
1  seeder  sandy-2021492    3 weeks ago
And what kind of example does it set, that we must be held accountable to the despicable ideas and lies we used to publicly promote and endorse many hours and minutes ago in the past? Are we as people not allowed to change for the better, in just the last few days, once it's our very last resort to keep a job we shouldn't have?
 
 
 
devangelical
Masters Expert
1.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    3 weeks ago

... just by crossing imaginary lines that absolve them of any accountability. crooks, liars, and hypocrites.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

If she had come out and said a week ago that she's not that person anymore, she might have a quark of credibility with me. But now she's only added to the lunacy that is Marjorie Taylor-Greene. How does she think anyone will think she's credible.

But wait....

 
 
 
Tessylo
PhD Principal
2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    3 weeks ago

You have certain folks saying 'why do you want to punish her for things she said 'once upon a time'? and similar twisting spinning bullshit.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    3 weeks ago

Ironic coming from the NT hypocrites. They don't let people forget the words said

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

There are liars and damn liars, she is the latter.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

(I know this a piece written by someone other than Marge...but...)

Did she say anything about insisting on the 2 Muslim Congresswomen swearing their oath on a Bible? Didn't she make a scene about that after she was sworn in?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
PhD Principal
4.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    3 weeks ago

That was before she was elected.  She was sure that it is now the law that they be sworn in on a Bible.  She demonstrates a profound lack of knowledge about the Constitution.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1    3 weeks ago

My mistake. Thanks for the correction

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Senior Guide
5  Thrawn 31    3 weeks ago

Your past makes you who you are, end of story. That has always been my problem with Christianity, the idea that many have that they can just say "I'm sorry", and not even to those they have wronged, and the slate is wiped clean and this has clearly bled over into how people think politicians should be treated. 

Fuck that. Your actions are who you are and define you forever. Greene, you have said and supported a lot of blatantly dumb shit and advocated for the murder of your (now) coworkers. You don't get to just say "oh , well that is not me now." Kiss my ass, that is you forever, a retarded anti-semite who would like to see your coworkers be murdered. You have no place in government, or greater society as a whole. 

Now if you would like change that image then take actual actions. You can start by flat out apologizing for some of the shit you have said, and start actively working to discourage extremism, and all around lunacy. Until you start doing some of that, your bullshit of "that's not me now" or whatever holds no water, and actually makes me think  even less of you as a person. 

Should you start taking actual action to make up for what you have done, then I will be more than happy to weight that against your past, but for now "don't judge me for what I have said" is all I have to go on, so I will judge the shit out of you based precisely on that.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
6  Bob Nelson    3 weeks ago

This is a small child's argument: ''Don't be angry, Mommy! I didn't mean all those things I said.''

Small children try this argument... but not for long. ''I don't know whether you meant those things or not, Sweetie... but you did say them. So your iPad is confiscated for a week.''

I guess a lot of adults are better parents than citizens.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
6.1  Texan1211  replied to  Bob Nelson @6    3 weeks ago

Hey, it worked just fine for Robert Byrd, right?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
PhD Principal
6.1.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Texan1211 @6.1    3 weeks ago

Robert Byrd spent decades working to correct his mistakes.  MTG is deriding those who held her accountable to some degree.  False equivalence.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
6.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  sandy-2021492 @6.1.1    3 weeks ago
Robert Byrd spent decades working to correct his mistakes. 

Democrats welcomed Byrd with open arms well before "decades" of working to correct his "mistakes". No censure, no removal from any committees, no nothing.

False equivalence.

Bull.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
PhD Principal
6.1.3  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Texan1211 @6.1.2    3 weeks ago

And Republicans gave MTG a standing ovation.

This mess belongs to your side.  I understand your need to deflect from it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
6.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  sandy-2021492 @6.1.3    3 weeks ago

And I understand perfectly your need to whitewash anything a Democrat does.

It's cool, and expected.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
PhD Principal
6.1.5  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Texan1211 @6.1.4    3 weeks ago

I didn't whitewash it. It happened.  Nobody denied it.  You're deflecting, because there is no excuse for your party's enthusiastic embrace of this loon.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
6.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  sandy-2021492 @6.1.5    3 weeks ago

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