House removes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over incendiary social media posts

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Embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who’s going through a Home vote to strip her of committee assignments, says she regrets some “phrases of the previous,” however she’s not particularly apologizing for racist and violent rhetoric. (Feb. 4) AP Home

WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led Home Thursday voted largely alongside get together traces to take away Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her two committees following a charged ground debate rife with finger-pointing and threats of repercussions.

The vote was 230-199 with 11 Republicans becoming a member of each Democrat in stripping her from the Training & Labor Committee and the Price range Committee for a litany of incendiary, conspiratorial and menacing social media posts earlier than she was elected.

The ground debate in a chamber already riven by division and distrust turned uncooked as lawmakers took turns arguing not nearly Greene’s explicit conduct however what it stated about Home members who demanded – or objected to – her punishment.

At one level, Majority Chief Steny Hoyer, D-Md., walked the properly of the Home ground holding a poster board depicting a since-removed Facebook campaign ad by Greene displaying her holding an assault weapon subsequent to images of three Democratic Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, a part of a gaggle often known as a part of the “Squad.” The advert learn: “Squad’s Worst Nightmare.”

“I urge my colleagues to have a look at that picture and inform me what message you suppose it sends,” Hoyer stated as he addressed his Republican colleagues. “Think about your faces on this poster.”

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Calling it a transfer by the “cancel tradition,” Republicans countered that one get together had no proper to forcibly take away a member of the opposite get together from committees with out bipartisan consent.

“This decision units a a harmful new customary that can solely deepen division inside this Home,” stated Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “For all their discuss norms and establishments, it is the Democrats who’ve acted to undermine the Folks’s Home at each flip.”

However 11 Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to take away Greene: 

  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. 
  • Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla. 
  • Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, R-Fla. 
  • Rep. Chris Jacobs, R-N.Y. 
  • Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. 
  • Rep. Younger Kim, R-Calif.  
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-In poor health. 
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y. 
  • Rep. Maria Salazar, R-Fla. 
  • Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. 
  • Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. 

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Confronted with the lack of her committee assignments, Greene got here to the ground earlier Thursday to disavow a few of her earlier incendiary posts on social media in a last-ditch effort to keep away from punishment.

Although she expressed some remorse, Greene by no means apologized throughout a speech on the Home ground.

“Throughout my marketing campaign, I by no means stated any of this stuff,” she stated. “Since I’ve been elected for Congress. These had been phrases of the previous and this stuff don’t signify me, they don’t signify my district, and they don’t signify my values.”

Earlier than becoming a member of Congress, Greene had posted movies of her questioning whether or not the 9-11 terrorist assaults ever occurred, stalking and taunting a teen survivor of the lethal Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College capturing in Parkland, Florida, and suggesting that house lasers had been inflicting lethal wildfires in California. She has stated college shootings had been staged by Democrats to advertise gun legal guidelines and that “the stage was being set” to hold former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

They had been amongst a trove of inflammatory posts unearthed by information retailers in latest weeks that prompted Thursday’s vote to take away her from the committees. 

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A number of Republicans who spoke condemned Greene’s earlier posts however stated she deserved leniency as a result of they had been made earlier than she was sworn in. They known as the unprecedented transfer by one get together to unseat a member of one other nothing however a “partisan energy seize” by the Democratic majority extra occupied with revenge than forgiveness or equity.

“I might remind them what (GOP Senate Chief Mitch) McConnell stated when Democrats voted to nuke the judicial filibuster: ‘You may remorse this. And chances are you’ll remorse this ahead of you may suppose,'” McCarthy stated.

The vote to take away the Georgia freshman from each committees comes the day after Republican leaders opted to not punish her throughout a contentious closed-door assembly.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated Democrats had been compelled to behave. She stated she was “profoundly disturbed” Republicans did nothing to muzzle Greene, whom she dubbed a “QAnon adherent” throughout a information convention Thursday morning earlier than the Home vote.

Pelosi, who’s main the cost to take away her from the committees, herself was a goal. Greene “favored” a remark in January 2019 that stated Pelosi must be taken out with a “bullet to the top.” In a video round that point, Greene stated Pelosi was “a traitor to our nation, she’s responsible of treason,” saying it was “against the law punishable by demise.” 

Sounding at occasions contrite and combative, Greene stated Thursday the media had distorted her report by taking her posts out of context. However she additionally admitted she naively believed an excessive amount of of what she learn and absorbed on the web that performed into her deep distrust of the federal government, together with posts on a QAnon web site in 2017 disputing allegations that then-president Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. 

“The issue with that’s I used to be allowed to imagine issues that weren’t true and I might ask questions; questions on them and discuss them. And that’s completely what I remorse,” she stated. “As a result of if it weren’t for the Fb posts and feedback that I ‘favored’ in 2018, I would not be standing right here immediately and also you could not level a finger and accuse me of something mistaken.”

Greene spoke for 10 minutes, sporting a masks with the phrases “FREE SPEECH” on it. She talked about her deep admiration for Trump, her unbridled opposition to abortion and her distrust of mainstream media. She additionally known as college shootings “completely actual” and that the 2001 terrorist assaults “completely occurred.”

“I keep in mind that day, crying all day lengthy watching it on the information,” she stated.

Till Thursday’s ground speech, Greene had stored largely silent amid the uproar although her marketing campaign despatched out a fundraising attraction Wednesday.

McCarthy told reporters after a meeting Wednesday with House Republicans that he was prepared to maneuver her from the Training and Labor Committee and put her on the Small Enterprise Committee, a much less essential panel, however Democrats rejected that compromise. He went on to denounce QAnon conspiracies and stated Greene apologized to Republican lawmakers through the assembly.

“If we will begin judging what different members have stated earlier than they’re even a member of Congress, I feel it may be laborious for the Democrats to position anyone on a committee,” he stated.

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Pelosi stated she’s not frightened in regards to the precedent the transfer towards Greene may set or that Republicans would strive the identical tactic at any time when they regain the bulk.

“In no way,” she told reporters Thursday. “If any our members threaten the protection of different members, we’ll be the primary ones to take them off the committee. That is it.”

Throughout her ground remarks Thursday, Greene equated the QAnon conspiracy motion to the mainstream media. Information retailers, she stated, can current snippets of data which could be distorted to current a specific standpoint, she stated.

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That drew a rebuke from Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern, saying the comparability was “past the pale.”

For some Democrats, Greene’s ground remarks weren’t sufficient. Rep. G.Ok. Butterfield, D-N.C., a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, stated he discovered Greene’s speech “unpersuasive” and wished she had stated she was sorry.

“I’ve held out hope that she would confront her colleagues and provide a honest apology and that didn’t occur,” Butterfield stated.

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