House Votes To Strip Marjorie Taylor Greene Of Committee Assignments

Written by on February 4, 2021

The Home of Representatives voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments on Thursday over her embrace of racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, in addition to her assist for executing distinguished Democrats. 

The Democratic-controlled Home voted 230-199, largely alongside get together traces to cross a decision to take away Greene from two influential committees: the Home Training and Labor Committee and the Finances Committee. Solely 11 Republicans voted for the decision. 

Democrats launched the uncommon disciplinary measure this week after Republicans indicated they might not take steps to punish Greene after a wave of latest information reviews additional uncovered her bigotry and conspiracy theory-addled worldview. 

“None of us ought to take any pleasure in what we should do as we speak,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) stated in a speech simply earlier than the vote. “To do nothing could be an abdication of our ethical accountability to the Home, to our colleagues, to the reality and to our oath. Yesterday, the Republican convention selected to do nothing.”

Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) issued a press release on Wednesday that concurrently denounced Greene and argued she ought to face less-harsh penalties for her actions. 

“Previous feedback from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on faculty shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories don’t symbolize the values or beliefs of the Home Republican Convention,” McCarthy stated. 

McCarthy added that he had provided Democrats a compromise — which reportedly would have seen Greene assigned to a single, lesser committee — however that the provide was declined. He known as the Democratic decision an “unprecedented step to additional their partisan energy seize.” 

Committee assignments are usually the dominion of get together leaders. In 2019, McCarthy stripped former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) of his assignments after King made statements condoning white supremacy. 

Democrats’ uncommon maneuver this week to independently take away a member of the opposition get together from their committee assignments underscores the severity of Greene’s transgressions. 

Greene, a fanatically loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump who got here into workplace as a recognized believer within the unhinged QAnon conspiracy concept, was among the many Republican lawmakers who helped incite the right-wing mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Extra lately, unearthed social media posts have proven Greene to be a believer in a mess of different offensive conspiracy theories. 

Media Issues for America, the liberal watchdog group, reported late final month that in 2018 Greene endorsed conspiracy theories on Fb saying faculty shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary College in Connecticut and Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Florida — which killed 26 folks and 17 folks, respectively — have been staged. 

A video additionally surfaced exhibiting Greene harassing David Hogg, a teenage gun reform activist who survived the college taking pictures in Florida, in Washington in 2019. 

Media Issues additionally discovered that Greene had agreed with a commenter on Fb who said that the Sept. 11 terror assaults have been “completed by our personal gov[ernment].” One other report confirmed Greene believed within the anti-Semitic conspiracy concept {that a} wealthy Jewish household was utilizing house lasers to begin forest fires. 

And maybe most alarming, a CNN investigation final month unearthed social media posts from 2018 and 2019 exhibiting Greene had “appreciated” Fb posts calling for the execution of Democratic lawmakers, together with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama. In keeping with the report, Greene additionally “appreciated” Fb posts calling for the execution of FBI brokers, whom she and different QAnon believers thought have been a part of a “deep state” conspiracy to defeat Trump. 

Greene claimed in response to the CNN report that a number of folks managed her Fb account, and that a number of the posts she appreciated and shared didn’t “symbolize” her views. 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), wearing a mask that reads "Trump won," speaks with a colleague on Jan. 3. The congresswo

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), carrying a masks that reads “Trump received,” speaks with a colleague on Jan. 3. The congresswoman has professed her assist for a lot of conspiracy theories, together with that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. 

Greene reportedly apologized to her fellow Republicans for her embrace of conspiracy theories throughout a closed-door GOP assembly within the Home on Wednesday. Sources instructed The Hill that Greene instructed her GOP colleagues “she made a mistake by being inquisitive about ‘Q,’” — a conspiracy concept that baselessly claims Democrats are working a worldwide pedophile ring. 

Nevertheless, she sidestepped accepting blame for endorsing the college taking pictures conspiracy theories, in response to The Hill, nonsensically claiming “she had private expertise with a faculty taking pictures.”

It’s unclear if she addressed her assist for killing Democrats. 

Some Republicans gave Greene a standing ovation after her remarks, in response to a number of reviews. 

Greene additionally delivered a weird speech on the Home ground Thursday forward of the vote on whether or not to remove her committee assignments. 

Though she conceded that faculty shootings have been “completely actual” and that the 9/11 assault “completely occurred,” Greene nonetheless appeared to downplay the extremism of the QAnon motion. She claimed the media is “simply as responsible as QAnon of presenting fact and lies to divide us.”

Her Democratic counterparts have been unimpressed. 

“I didn’t hear an apology or denouncement for the declare, the insinuation that political opponents ought to be violently handled … or retract the anti-Semitic or Islamophobic remarks,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) instructed the Home in a speech after Greene’s remarks. 

And Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) tweeted that Greene’s speech was “crammed with whataboutism that concluded with evaluating American journalists to violent QAnon conspiracy theories. She continued claiming to be a sufferer. She took no accountability for advocating violence. She didn’t apologize.” 

Previous to her speech on the Home ground, Greene had launched a fundraising marketing campaign off of Democrats’ efforts to oust her from her committees. 

“UNREAL! $175,000!!,” Greene tweeted Wednesday night time concerning the fundraiser. “Thanks to each single America First Patriot who donated to guard my Congressional seat from the Democrat mob. They’re attacking me as a result of I’m considered one of you.” 

“We is not going to again down,” she wrote. “We are going to by no means quit!”

Some Democrats within the Home are introducing resolutions to altogether expel Greene from the Home, though the measures are unlikely to cross. 


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