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Marjorie Taylor Greene Challenger ‘Kicked Out’ of ‘America First’ Rally in Georgia – Newsweek

A Democrat running against Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has said he was removed from a rally she was hosting in Dalton, Georgia on Thursday because he was deemed a “threat.”

Marcus Flowers is challenging Greene in Georgia’s 14th congressional district and attempted to attend an “America First” rally organized by Greene and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida.

Flowers posted a video to Twitter on Thursday showing his interaction with a security guard at the event and saying he had been forced to leave the rally despite being a constituent of Greene’s.

“I just got kicked out of the ‘America First’ rally in Dalton because I was deemed a ‘threat,'” Flowers wrote.

“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will chase and harass her colleagues in the halls of Congress, but won’t even be in the same room with a constituent.”

Flowers appears to be referring to Greene’s recent behavior toward Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York.

Greene reportedly got into a heated confrontation with Ocasio-Cortez on May 12 where she repeatedly said “Hey Alexandria” and called Black Lives Matter and Antifa “terrorist” groups.

In the video Flowers shared on Thursday, a security guard can be seen speaking to the Democrat.

“I’m asking you to leave,” the security guard said and added that Greene’s “party” had recognized him as a threat.

“My job is to assess a threat,” the security guard went on. Flowers said that he was not a threat but left the event following the interaction.

I just got kicked out of the “America First” rally in Dalton because I was deemed a “threat.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will chase and harass her colleagues in the halls of Congress, but won’t even be in the same room with a constituent. #SendCongressFlowers pic.twitter.com/j3ABFGOXYc

— Marcus Flowers (@Marcus4Georgia) May 27, 2021

“I know that her team saw me as a threat. Why? I don’t know,” Flowers said on Friday, according to NBC affiliate 11Alive. He was asked if Greene might have seen him as a potential way to distract attention from her.

“You know, that’s possible, but that’s not what I was there for. I was there to listen,” Flowers said.

Greene has recently faced criticism for comparing COVID-19 safety measures in the House of Representatives to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. At the rally on Thursday, she compared Democrats to the Nazis. At the same event, Greene attempted a Mexican accent while speaking about cartels.

“You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party,” Greene said.

Flowers is an army veteran who once lived near the former Dachau concentration camp in Germany when he was stationed overseas. He suggested Greene should visit the site.

“Perhaps I’m a threat to congresswoman Greene’s job. But that’s a conversation for another day,” he said.

Georgia’s 14th district is reliably Republican and Greene won 74.7 percent of the vote there in the 2020 election.

Newsweek has asked Marjorie Taylor Greene and Marcus Flowers for comment.

Greene Speaks at an America First Rally
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at an America First Rally also attended by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on May 27, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia. Democrat Marcus Flowers said he was “kicked out” of the event.
Megan Varner/Getty Images