Did Guam National Guard members harass Marjorie Taylor Greene? False ‘foreign land’ remark sparks huge controversy
Guam Representative Michael San Nicolas paid a visit to Greene's office with National Guard members to hand over some cookies, sparking a furious debate online
A political stunt by Guam Representative Michael San Nicolas has divided the internet, with some calling it exessive. On March 15, 2021, Nicolas along with several National Guard members from Guam visited Marjorie Taylor Greene's office to present the Congresswoman with a history book and some cookies. A video of the incident, first released by The Hill has now become a key topic of conversation online.
At the CPAC conference last month, Greene said, "We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America, not for what? China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam, whatever, wherever." The freshman earned a lot of backlash for her comments, which is what prompted the response. According to an aide, Greene was not in her office at the time. The sight of Guard members, in full uniform being escorted through the Capitol by Nicolas, has sparked a massive backlash on Twitter.
Guam's 'outreach program'
Nicolas is Guam's only representative in Congress. A few days ago, he told The Guam Daily Post, "Congresswoman Greene is a new member, and we will be paying a visit to her and delivering delicious Chamorro Chip Cookies as part of our ongoing outreach to new members to introduce them to our wonderful island of Guam." Guam's Governor's office also put out a statement saying, "We would be more than happy to send Representative Greene's office a copy of 'Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam'."
In the video, Nicolas can be seen with a basket of cookies and two books as he walks into Greene's office. There, he is greeted by Greene's aides, who say the Congresswoman is not in her office.
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/vssnjCwUuG— The Hill (@thehill) March 15, 2021
"I also have Guam guardsmen who wanted to say hello too," Nicolas tells the aides. One of the aides, Taylor, steps outside to greet the guardsmen instead. "Thank you guys so much for all that you do. We really appreciate it", he tells them. It's not clear if Greene got back to Nicolas, or if she accepted their gift.
Many social media users have condemned the move, while others have laughed it off as an apt response to the Republican congresswoman.
'Sickening to see our military falling in line like this'
Some users have panned the use of the military by Nicolas. One user tweeted, "No, they do not. This is absolutely sickening to see our military falling in line like this." That was a sentiment shared by many others. Another user asked, "@NationalGuard Did members of the armed forces try to intimidate a congresswoman?"
Another tweeted, "1. Why the hell is this goofball politician improperly using the Guam National Guard to pull political stunts while they’re on military duty? 2. Why the hell do we have the military occupation of the U.S. Capitol?" Another user asked, "Why is the U.S. Military harassing a member of Congress for making a mistake?" Other users applauded the effort, with one user calling it "Expert trolling by Guam." Another said, "This I love, well played Guam, well played indeed...".
No, they do not. This is absolutely sickening to see our military falling in line like this.— Leatherneck Marine (@USMC317Marine) March 16, 2021
1. Why the hell is this goofball politician improperly using the Guam National Guard to pull political stunts while they’re on military duty?— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) March 16, 2021
2. Why the hell do we have the military occupation of the U.S. Capitol? https://t.co/JpY1ht7YUV
Why is the U.S. Military harassing a member of Congress for making a mistake?— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) March 15, 2021
Expert trolling by Guam. 😄— Samantha Kingston 😷🇺🇸 (@SamanthaKings14) March 16, 2021
This I love, well played Guam, well played indeed ..👍🤣 https://t.co/TUYzClemQF— christy morris 🧚♂️ (@polarsprite) March 16, 2021
Another tweeted, "They were not lobbying. They were not armed. They are proud of their status as a US Territory. How is a member of congress so uneducated to not know that Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States. So she found out. It's call education."
One user asked, "They brought cookies and a Guam USA brochure and those were U.S Service Men/Women from Guam who were unarmed...You call that harassment?"
They were not lobbying. They were not armed. They are proud of their status as a US Territory. How is a member of congress so uneducated to not know that Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States. So she found out. It's call education.— Ele Zor (@ezorweb) March 16, 2021
They brought cookies and a Guam USA brochure and those were U.S Service Men/Women from Guam who were unarmed...You call that harassment?— Sagittarius (@JRsagittarius) March 16, 2021
Guam is a US territory in the Pacific Ocean, near the Philippines. The territory is one of the several unincorporated territories of the US. It has been a part of America since 1899, and all residents are American citizens by birth since 1950. Today, it serves as a vital military asset for the US, with Andersen Air Force Base, Camp Blaz a Marine Corps base and a Naval base.