Marjorie Taylor Greene is pushing a new conspiracy theory.
The Georgia lawmaker claimed on Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using a police force dedicated to monitoring Spanish vegetable soup (typically served cold) to spy on members of Congress. The outlandish claim has no basis in fact.
“Not only do we have the D.C. jail, which is the D.C. gulag,” Greene said on right-wing network OAN. “But now we have Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staffs, and spying on American citizens that want to come talk to their representatives.”
Just to clear things up, @RepMTG
Gazpacho: a vegetable-based Spanish cold soup
Gestapo: Nazi Germany's secret police pic.twitter.com/T9q76r706G
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 9, 2022
It’s possible Greene meant to say “gestapo,” the name for the Nazi secret police, but we can’t rule out anything from the woman who has a history of promoting ludicrous conspiracy theories, including that the California wildfires were started by a laser beamed in from a space satellite funded by Jews. Greene has made a habit of comparing Democrats to Nazis. She apologized last June for comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, but has since demonstrated, and demonstrated repeatedly, that she was not being sincere.
Greene’s comments come a day after Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) claimed on Twitter that last November Capitol Police entered his office and “photographed confidential legislative products,” and that two days later “intelligence officers” again attempted to enter his office. He claims the officers encountered a member of his staff and “special agents dressed like construction workers began to question him as to the contents of a photograph taken illegally two days earlier.” Nehls went on to imply that the Capitol Police were “investigating” him because he had been critical of Speaker Pelosi.
Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger threw cold water on Nehls claim on Tuesday, writing in a statement that Capitol Police were conducting a routine security check after noticing Nehls’ door had been left open. “If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure nobody can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious,” Manger wrote. “The weekend before Thanksgiving, one of our vigilant officers spotted the congressman’s door was wide open.”
Manger said Capitol Police followed up a few days later. “No case investigation was ever initiated or conducted into the representative or his staff,” Manger wrote.