Jimmy Gomez Needs 70 Republicans To Expel Marjorie Taylor Greene

Written by on January 29, 2021

On Jan. 6, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) was mendacity on the bottom of the gallery within the Home of Representatives, hiding from an insurrectionist mob that was attempting to interrupt into the chamber to doubtlessly kidnap or kill him and his colleagues. 

He’s discovered himself agitated within the weeks since — which he’s been advised is a symptom of PTSD — and has watched a lot of his colleagues battle too, unable to sleep and worrying for his or her security and the security of their households. 

And he’s learn story after story, with rising concern, a few freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Greene —an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump who got here into workplace as a recognized believer within the unhinged QAnon conspiracy idea — helped incite the mob that stormed the Capitol. Extra just lately, unearthed social media posts have proven that Greene subscribes to a number of different harmful and deeply offensive conspiracy theories, together with that college shootings are staged, and {that a} wealthy Jewish household is utilizing house lasers to start out forest fires. 

Most regarding, maybe, is a CNN investigation that discovered that Greene had appreciated Fb posts calling for the execution of Democratic lawmakers. 

Gomez has had sufficientHe introduced this week that he’s drafting a decision to expel Greene from workplace, a measure that might require a two-thirds majority to move. Assuming Gomez will get the help of all of his fellow Democrats, he nonetheless want discover about 70 Republican votes.

He talked to HuffPost about why Greene poses a hazard not solely to him and his colleagues, however to democracy itself, and why members of Congress have to take the uncommon and extraordinary step of eradicating her from their ranks. 

What did it really feel wish to study that one in every of your Republican colleagues has appreciated social media posts calling for the execution of your Democratic colleagues? 

I used to be not shocked as a result of I’ve been following her since she was working in 2020. I believed the QAnon believers had been only a fringe ingredient in our civil discourse, however when she received the Republican main, and he or she was slated to change into a member of Congress, I knew that she was gonna usher in loads of these conspiracy theories — the QAnon stuff, the entire concept that the election was rigged — to Congress. 

So I used to be not shocked that she appreciated social media posts with these feedback, however simply the quantity of stuff she’s posted — attempting to go after Parkland survivors, saying that it was staged; saying that 9/11 was an inside job — it’s simply loads of simply actually fringe-y concepts … So for me, I wasn’t shocked. 

Greene shouts at journalists as she goes through security inside the U.S. Capitol on her way to the House of Representatives.

Greene shouts at journalists as she goes by safety contained in the U.S. Capitol on her method to the Home of Representatives. She wore a face masks emblazoned the phrases “Molon Labe,” an historical Greek phrase which means “Come and take them,” a standard chorus amongst gun rights extremists.

I used to be already on edge, due to Jan. 6. I bought caught within the gallery. I used to be attempting to get out once we bought caught as a result of the insurrectionists had been exterior. This was one thing that I’ve all the time thought: We’ve bought to place an finish to this fringe ingredient in our in our politics, the individuals peddling lies and conspiracies a lot in an effort to’t even speak to them, you’ll be able to’t even focus on a difficulty with them as a result of their information aren’t based mostly in actuality. They arrive from a totally totally different place. 

And I do know that after Jan. 6, members, together with myself, are very very nervous of [Greene and other extremist House Republicans], as a result of they’ll deliver weapons to the Home workplace buildings. They’re not speculated to deliver them onto the ground — and that’s why we’ve put steel detectors in place — however she is one in every of them that retains strolling across the steel detectors, which is in opposition to the principles, in opposition to the Capitol Police who’re there attempting to verify all people’s protected.

So loads of us are nervous of the brand new members which are there. I attempt to hold my distance from her, however it’s deeply regarding. 

And it’s regarding that [Republican House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy — all he says he’s going to do is have a dialog along with her. Actually? That dialog didn’t work very nicely in the summertime after she received and he knew she could be one of many new members of the Republican caucus. So if the Republicans received’t do something, the Democrats have to take steps to push again and maintain her accountable for her actions since she’s been in workplace.  

I do know it’s early, however have you ever heard any help for expelling her out of your Republican colleagues? 

Yeah, some Republicans have expressed curiosity however persons are nervous throughout the board about what it means for his or her security, and for the security of their households and their workers, in the event that they co-sponsor a decision like this. Keep in mind that the rioters and insurrectionists that she instigated, that Trump instigated, they weren’t simply coming after Nancy Pelosi, they had been chanting “Dangle Mike Pence! Dangle Mike Pence!” So the threats on the market are actual. 

And in addition the folks that comply with her, there could possibly be threats from that cohort as nicely. Simply yesterday, any individual was discovered with pipe bombs right here in California. Anyone was discovered with a handgun in Washington, D.C., with lots of of rounds of ammunition, with “Cease the Steal” literature and a success listing, from what I’ve been advised, so these are actual regarding instances. We perceive that there’s actual hazard on the market. 

It’s been three weeks now for the reason that riot. You clearly had a reasonably tense expertise of it. Have you ever had an opportunity to take a breath? How are you feeling typically?

Thanks a lot for asking. The primary week was powerful as a result of I’m fascinated about what occurred, what I might have achieved in a different way. I made a aware resolution once I was up there that I wished to be — it sounds bizarre — however I wished to be remembered as any individual that was serving to individuals to attempt to get out. So I took my time, stayed again, helped different members crawl beneath the handrails and actually did no matter I might to assist. 

I believe my colleague was there and noticed you try this.  

Yeah. So it was one thing that simply actually did influence me loads, as a result of once I was on the bottom, I didn’t need my spouse to fret, due to what she was seeing, so I despatched her a textual content that I used to be attempting to get out of the Capitol with police, despite the fact that I used to be doing that from the ground. It was a tense few moments when that occurred and I didn’t wish to say “I really like you” — not as a result of I don’t — however as a result of I knew if I stated “I really like you,” she would freak out.

So I used to be impacted by it and I’ve been involved ever since then concerning the security of my colleagues. A few of my colleagues are having a extremely powerful time. I felt like I used to be agitated for about a few weeks, and really, we had some conversations with of us about PTSD, they usually stated hyper-arousal is a symptom, so simply being conscious of getting that and decompressing after that. However, you understand, we have now to do our job. It’s not a job that you simply get break day from. That is one thing that’s 24/7 and 365 days a 12 months, so we’re again at it —

Sorry, I don’t imply to interrupt, however once you say a few of your colleagues are struggling, are you able to elaborate just a little bit? 

What I’ve heard is a few persons are nonetheless having bother sleeping, having fixed goals. Persons are adjusting, however we additionally perceive the fact now. Members had been getting fitted for bulletproof vests, taking a look at what we are able to do to beef up our house safety … In order that stress, proper? Consistently fascinated about that begins messing along with your thoughts just a little bit. It creates extra anxiousness. I knew that if I did the decision that I’d most likely be additionally focused. And I’m listening to there’s stuff in social media posts about me … 

However I believe throughout the Democratic caucus and throughout politics, persons are nervous for his or her security. And that shouldn’t be the case. I by no means needed to cope with that earlier than to be sincere with you. 

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a resolution to expel Taylor Greene from the House of Representatives.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a decision to expel Taylor Greene from the Home of Representatives.

So the place does the precise decision stand at this level?

It hasn’t been formally launched. We have now talks with the parliamentarian about precisely once we introduce it, what are the steps, what’s the resolution tree? If we do it this manner, what occurs; if we do it that means, what occurs? And we’re attempting, on the similar time, to not be disruptive of our agenda, which is to move the COVID-19 aid bundle that helps the American individuals.

The best way I see it, the introduction of this decision to expel her is a matter of not solely me taking the motion on behalf of my district but in addition of my very own conscience. I simply assume that she is just not solely harmful, however is poisonous to our political discourse and it’ll take some time to show issues round if she’s in elected workplace. 

Are you feeling the help of your Democratic colleagues? Are they behind this?

Yeah positively. I’ve been receiving textual content messages from people thanking me for taking this on. A few of them had been fully offended by her feedback on Parkland or Sandy Hook; they really feel it deeply as nicely, seeing that she will be able to say that Parkland was a false flag, that it was staged, and simply do it with such callousness

Forgive me for not realizing this, I do know I can look it up for myself, however is it a easy majority to expel any individual? 

No, it’s two-thirds, so I would like about 70 Republicans, so it’s a tall order. However we have to put it on the file, in my view, that the Home was not for a member who behaves like this, who incites violence, who makes use of conspiracy theories to show her agenda — who makes use of conspiracy theories as her agenda is extra prefer it. So it’s gonna be a tall order, however we’re gonna attempt our greatest.

What’s your message to your Republican colleagues to get them to help this expulsion? 

My argument to my Republican colleagues is that she is just not a hazard to Republicans or to Democrats — she’s a hazard to all of us and to our establishments. 

That is one thing that you simply’ve bought to comprise, to push again. We are able to’t simply sit right here and say, “OK, that is acceptable.” I believe we did that for a lot too lengthy in the course of the Trump period. Republicans thought he would get higher. Republicans thought he might do the precise factor. Republicans thought he’d go study his lesson. And he by no means did. And I don’t assume that Marjorie Taylor Inexperienced will change. She is perhaps attempting to wash her social media accounts proper now, however simply scrubbing them doesn’t change the truth that she stated terrible issues, and he or she’s most likely nonetheless pondering alongside the identical strains. 

This interview has been edited for readability and size.

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