GOP candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posts image of herself with gun next to members of 'Squad'

Georgia Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posted an image on social media of herself posing with a gun alongside images of progressive House members, with the photo stirring backlash online.

The edited image posted to Facebook showed Greene holding a rifle next to Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid MORE (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaid (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise MORE (Minn.), who are members of the group of freshmen House lawmakers known as "the Squad."

Democrats condemned the photo after it was posted this week, calling for Facebook to remove it.


“Posting a photo with an assault rifle next to the faces of three women of color is not advertising. It’s incitement,” Omar tweeted. “There are already death threats in response to this post."

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone responded to Omar’s tweet on Thursday, saying the post had been taken down because it violated community guidelines. 

“Thank you for raising this, Congresswoman. The image violates our policies and we've removed it,” he tweeted.


The Greene campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

In the Facebook post, Greene said she was “tired of seeing weak, Establishment Republicans play defense.”

“We need strong conservative Christians to go on offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart,” Green wrote in the caption of the photo, which included two Muslim lawmakers.

The GOP congressional candidate has made references to the “socialist squad” in previous posts and said in a separate post recently that she was raffling off an AR-15.

Greene, a businesswoman who won the GOP primary runoff in a solidly red district in Georgia last month, has previously been a proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

The theory claims there is a group of U.S. officials and celebrities who are controlling the government to undermine President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE and run a child sex trafficking ring.

Politico reported in June that Greene has also made other incendiary remarks in recent years, including that Muslims do not belong in government and that there is "an Islamic invasion into our government offices." 

Trump congratulated Greene on her primary win last month and previously called her a "future Republican star."

Top Republican lawmakers such as Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google MORE (S.C.) have denounced the QAnon theory while Greene herself has distanced herself from the movement.