Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) recently attacked the family of a young person who may be transgender by posting images of one or more minors on Twitter.
“This child is not old enough to vote, buy cigarettes, or watch an R-rated movie, but they let her choose to have them cut her breast off,” Greene wrote in a tweet that included two photos. A young woman in her early teens is completely dressed in one of the images, while a young person in their late teens or early 20s is shown shirtless following what appears to be a double mastectomy.
She then said, alluding to a bill she put up last month, “My Protect Children’s Innocence Act will stop this.”
They don’t appear to be the same person, but that could be due to the time that has passed between the two photographs. Neither Cole nor Greene appears to know the identity of the person or individuals in the photos, their ages, or the reason the latter person had undergone surgery. Greene’s bill would not have outlawed the treatment if the patient had a mastectomy for reasons unrelated to gender-affirming care or was more than 18 years old.
Minors do not have gender-affirming surgery; in fact, Politifact graded this frequently repeated claim as “false.” However, in the past month, the far-right has garnered support for the claim that pediatricians working in children’s hospitals perform gender-affirming procedures on young children, which has resulted in harassment and death threats against pediatricians.
On Twitter, Greene received criticism for releasing pictures of a child without getting consent from the family and for trying to meddle in another person’s healthcare choices.
“I hope you have the family’s permission to post this,” one Twitter user posted.
Another wrote, “First show the consent they got from the parents to use these 2 photos to make the kid feel bad.”
“How many children do you actually think do this? This is such a non-issue, and this is the hill you choose to die on. also, child rape victims are more of a problem, and you are fine with their uncle/father impregnating them, and having it to term. You don’t care,” another tweeted.
“I’m wondering how many, if any, of these families you have actually spoken with and listened to? Not my place to judge them. Not yours either,” another chimed in.