Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she is working to see the U.S. « restored » to its « Christian principles » in a Christmas video message shared on Friday.
The religious Republican congresswoman began by wishing « a joyous and glorious Christmas season » to Americans in her Georgia district and across the nation.
« For those of us who are Christians, we’ll remember and celebrate the true reason for the season—the birth of the greatest gift God could ever give the world, Jesus of Nazareth, » Greene said.
« In these challenging and troubling times, we would do well to remember the words of the great Christmas carol, » she continued, before reciting the first verses of Joy to the World.
« ‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let Earth receive her king.' »
Greene went on: « I believe with all my heart if our lives and laws reflect the teachings of the King of Kings, the more peace, prosperity and freedom we will enjoy.
« And that is exactly why I came to Congress. To work to see America restored to the Christian principles that have given rise to the greatest nation the world has ever known. Merry Christmas. »
As Americans prepared for another holiday season dampened by COVID-19—which brought the U.S. to 800,000 virus deaths the week before—Greene posted a Christmas Eve Twitter thread pushing back against mask and vaccine mandates.
« Vaccines are only necessary when there is no treatment for a disease, » Greene tweeted. « But there are life saving treatments for covid and the variants now are hardly killing anyone. The public should DEMAND the treatments. To go along blindly with tyranny & deception is pure insanity. »
Greene did not name the « life saving treatments » mentioned in her tweets.
A spokesperson for the congresswoman on Friday told Newsweek she was « clearly » referring to the Omicron variant when she stated « the variants now are hardly killing anyone. »
The Omicron variant is likely to be more transmissible than the original virus, but its severity is still yet to be determined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Omicron can be spread regardless of vaccination status, though vaccines and booster shots are still recommended to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
The latest CDC data shows Omicron to be the dominating strand nationwide, at about 73 percent of new COVID cases as of last week. The U.S. is averaging 1,200 daily COVID deaths.