Media Matters investigator Eric Hananoki has uncovered a November 2018 tweet from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) where, among other claims, she speculates that the California wildfires were started by a “secret Jewish space laser.”

In her now-deleted post, Greene talks at length about how there are “too many coincidences to ignore,” in the California wildfires. Greene begins by saying that then-California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) voiced support for a high speed rail line in the state and “oddly there are all these people who have said they saw what looked like lasers or blue beams of light causing the fires.”

Greene also comments that Roger Kimmel, vice chairman of Rothschild Inc., is “somehow involved.” The Rothschild family is a regular target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Greene believes that Kimmel and others have harnessed the power of “space solar generators” to set California forests on fire.

Greene speculated that, “If they are beaming the suns energy back to Earth, I’m sure they wouldn’t ever miss a transmitter receiving station right??!! I mean mistakes are never made when anything new is invented. What would that look like anyway? A laser beam or light beam coming down to Earth I guess. Could that cause a fire? Hmmm, I don’t know. I hope not! That wouldn’t look so good for PG&E, Rothschild Inc, Solaren or Jerry Brown who sure does seem fond of PG&E.” 

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has commented that he will “have a discussion” with Greene regarding her past posts.

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