Guam Guard soldiers visit Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in response to her CPAC remarks
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the visit a ‘political stunt’ that sets ‘dangerous precedent’ of politicizing the Defense Department.
If Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene didn’t know Guam was a U.S. territory made up of American citizens, she certainly knows now.
The Georgia congresswoman’s office was visited by about three dozen Guam National Guard soldiers on Monday, Military.com reported. In a video posted to Twitter, Guam Democratic Rep. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas is seen leading the troops to Green’s office, a box of cookies in hand. The visit was criticized as a “political stunt” by Republicans.
The National Guard soldiers from Guam — reportedly part of the detail guarding the Capitol — are seen wearing camouflage uniforms, but none appeared to be armed or in tactical gear, like body armor or ballistic helmets. Greene’s staff tells San Nicolas that the congresswoman is not in the office and unavailable to greet the soldiers, but that they could come back later when Greene has returned.
Guam Rep. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas and members of the Guam National Guard visited the office of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she falsely called the U.S. territory a foreign land. pic.twitter.com/81mqDK97St— The Hill (@thehill) March 15, 2021
San Nicolas and the Guam troops’ visit came after Greene alluded at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month that the U.S. territory was a foreign nation.
“I’m a regular, normal person,” Greene said at CPAC, according to Task & Purpose. “And I wanted to take my regular, normal person, normal, everyday American values, which is: We love our country. We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America, not for what, China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam — whatever, wherever.”
In the video, San Nicolas has a friendly exchange with Greene’s legislative director Taylor LaJoie, who thanked the soldiers for coming by the office and “for keeping us safe.” In the past, LaJoie worked for Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee as a legislative correspondent, according to Linkedin.
San Nicolas tells LaJoie that he and the Guard soldiers are “also making visits to leaders in the Capitol.”
Military.com reported it was “unclear whether any military rules were broken” and that “no soldier in the video advocated for any political action, and simply meeting with a member of Congress in uniform is not against any military policy.”
Guam National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Esther J.C. Aguigui said “we appreciate Congressman San Nicolas’ efforts to represent our culture of inafa’maolek, or bringing harmony, practiced here in Guam” in a statement, Pacific Daily News reported.
“We also thank Congresswoman Greene for ultimately helping raise awareness of Guamanians as citizens of the U.S.,” the adjutant general added.
But on Twitter Tuesday, Congresswoman Greene criticized the visit as “political theatre and drama” by Democrats using the military for political gain. “Shame on Democrats for disrespecting our military,” she added.
It’s time for our great men and women of the National Guard to go home and be with their families.— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) March 16, 2021
The Democrats need to stop using them as political theatre and drama on Capitol Hill.
Shame on Democrats for disrespecting our military.
Also on Twitter, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the parading of National Guard soldiers to Greene’s office a “political stunt” and a “dangerous precedent.”
McCarthy argued the Guam National Guard solders’ visit to Greene’s office and the military leaders condemnation of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s sexist comments last week regarding accommodations for women service members were examples of politicizing the Defense Department.
On his nightly show, Carlson praised the Chinese military for the “masculine” expansion of its naval fleet and criticized President Joe Biden’s comments about expanding uniform options for women and updating the military’s grooming standards as “feminine.” Those remarks inspired an unprecedented show of force from senior military leaders who posted their criticism of Carlson on their verified social media accounts.
.@DeptofDefense is being politicized. Uniformed service members recently criticized a private citizen for his First Amendment rights, & today a Dem lawmaker used soldiers in a political stunt against a GOP member.@SecDef Austin—This sets a dangerous precedent. It must stop now.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 16, 2021
Greene and San Nicolas have both been controversial members of Congress.
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to removed the Republican congresswoman from her committee assignments because of Greene’s past support for conspiracies and political violence.
And San Nicolas is currently under investigation for campaign finance violation, including allegations of accepting cash contributions over the Federal Election Commission limit and using campaign funds for personal use, The Guam Daily Post reported.