Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked for dressing ‘like Cruella de Vil’ at State of the Union

The controversial Republican congresswoman repeatedly interrupted Joe Biden’s speech, but her outfit drew as much attention as her heckling

Io Dodds
San Francisco
Wednesday 08 February 2023 10:34 GMT
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In the hours preceding Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it was clear that Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene hoped to draw as much attention as possible to herself.

Yet few could have anticipated her elaborate white fur outfit, which drew mockery and numerous comparisons to the Disney villain Cruella de Vil on social media.

"I think when the State of the Union is over, @RepMTG will be looking for some dalmatians to kill," joked the comedy writer Travon Free on Twitter, posting a photo of Ms Greene's voluminous fur coat and towering collar.

"Marjorie Taylor Greene's coat is made from the dogs George Santos said he was rescuing," quipped PR consultant and former Department of Defence aide Adam Blickstein, referring to claims that embattled New York Republican George Santos lied about running a pet rescue charity.

Elie Mystal, a reporter for The Nation, described it the ensemble as “some kind of Cruella de Vil outfit”, while left-wing radio host Emma Vigeland compared it to the costume worn by Tilda Swinton as the nefarious White Witch in 2005’s film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The odd vestments were part of what appeared to be a concerted effort by Ms Greene to hog the limelight during Mr Biden's speech, in which he touted progress on inflation and jobs while urging Congress to pass a minimum tax for billionaires and a police reform bill.

When the President accused some Republicans of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, Ms Greene shouted "liar!", prompting Mr Biden to retort that he would hold them to that promise.

Later, Ms Greene heckled again during a section on America's fentanyl crisis, after Mr Biden had paid tribute to a 20-year-old overdose victim. "It's coming from China!" she shouted, prompting a loud “shhhh!” from newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

The far-right congresswoman had previously said she would bring a white balloon to the address, riffing on the recent intrusion of a high-altitude Chinese spy balloon into US airspace.

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