John Oliver lashes out at Marjorie Taylor Greene for monkey pox comments: ‘Obvious dog whistle bigotry’

on Last week tonight with John Oliver, On Sunday, Oliver called out Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for recent comments she made about monkeypox, which is spreading rapidly across the country, especially in the LGBTQ community. While anyone can get monkey pox, Greene is one of those who repeatedly insist it’s strictly an LGBTQ issue.

“Of course monkeypox is a threat to some people in our population, but we know what causes it, and that’s about, um — it’s basically a sexually transmitted disease, so it’s not a threat to most of us.” the population,” Greene said. “So it’s not a global pandemic. It really isn’t. And people just have to laugh at it, mock it and reject it. So I think it’s another scam.”

“Okay, that’s ridiculous, of course,” Oliver said in response. “If the way to get rid of something terrible was to make people laugh and mock it, then clearly that woman wouldn’t be in Congress, and yet we’re all here.”

Oliver also hit Greene for tweets she posted. One he thinks is a dog whistle for conservatives, meant to bring up the homophobic talking point that gays “groom” children. The other, a tweet suggesting schoolchildren should carry guns to protect themselves.

Greene also tweeted, ‘If monkey pox is a sexually transmitted disease, why do kids get it?’ in an act of glaring dog whistle bigotry, suggesting gays are a danger to children,” Oliver said, “while what is clearly a real danger to children is the QAnon congresswoman who once tweeted, ‘The kids in Uvalde had JR- 15’s needed.’ ”

Last week tonight with John Oliver aired on Sunday at 11 p.m. HBO.

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