With a 230-199 vote, the US House of Representatives voted to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) from her committee assignments. Among those who voted for Greene’s removal are 11 Republican House members, who sided with Democrats in getting the majority vote.
Green’s troubles began when previous posts and videos made during her pre-Representative days surfaced off the Internet. There, posts showed her spouting off her extremists' views. This includes support for executing prominent Democratic politicians before joining Congress herself.
She also faced backlash for a previous statement denying 9/11 happened and claiming that school shootings across the US were hoaxes. She also professed support for QAnon, a popular conspiracy theory group.
Democrats, who control the majority, asked for a floor vote to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene after a Republican meeting failed to take any sanctions. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the Democrats’ efforts a “partisan power grab” that went beyond party lines. Reportedly, McCarthy offered the Democrats the removal of Green from the Education and Labor Committee and will transfer her to the Small Business committee instead. In exchange, the GOP requested that Democrats take off the vote for Greene’s removal from assignments from Thursday’s agenda. However, Democrats, led by majority leader Steny Hoyer (MD) refused. They want Greene not just out of Education and Labor, but also out of the Budget committee as well.
Greene Defends Herself
Ahead of the vote, the House gave Greene the chance to defend herself. In a floor speech, she tried to distance herself from her previous assertions, especially her support for QAnon. Greene said that after “seeing things in the news that didn't make sense to me,” she became very interested in QAnon by 2017. She started posting about the group and talked about it, insisting that until 2018, she felt upset about things and felt she couldn’t trust the government.
She took the opportunity to profess her regrets over her past comments. Greene went on to say that 9/11 really did happen. She agreed that school shootings are real and that she sympathizes with families who lost children. “These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me. They do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values,” she reflected.
Rewarding Conspiracy Theorists
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) criticized House Republicans for failing to address Greene. Prior to the floor vote, she said that she remains ”profoundly concerned” about House GOP leadership’s acceptance of conspiracy theorists to their roster. In particular, she said that it’s “particularly disturbing” for Republicans to reward “a QAnon adherent, a 9/11 truther, a harasser of child survivors of school shootings” with house committee memberships such as education. Reacting to McCarthy’s assertion that they were making a power grab, Pelosi defended their decision. “If any of our members threatened the safety of other members, we'd be the first ones to take them off a committee. That's it,” she said.
In addition, Greene also received scathing remarks from prominent GOP leaders. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) mocked the “loony lies and conspiracy theories” and said, without naming her directly, that she is cancer to the GOP and the country.
‘Don’t Let The Mob Win’
Even as Greene showed contrition on the House floor Thursday, she remained defiant outside the walls of Congress. “It's not just me they want to cancel. They want to cancel every Republican. Don't let the mob win,” she tweeted Thursday. Earlier, she also said that she has former President Donald Trump’s support, which she is grateful for. “More importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First,” she tweeted last Saturday.
During her time on the floor, Greene also blamed cancel culture and the media. “Big media companies can take teeny, tiny pieces of words that I said, that you have said, any of us, and can portray us into someone that we're not,” she rued. During her meeting with the GOP steering committee, Greene reportedly received a standing ovation. She said Saturday that she won’t apologize, and despite issuing an apology to her colleagues, Greene has yet to apologize for her conduct.
Watch the C-SPAN video covering the complete remarks of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on the House floor leading up to the vote on removing her from committee assignments:
Who do you think should ultimately feel responsible for Marjorie Taylor Greene’s setback? Is it plainly her and her outspoken ideas? Or, was she caught in the middle of a power struggle in Congress? Let us know what you think of the House’s decision to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees.
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