The House voted tonight to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments.
The congresswoman has triggered a widespread backlash from Democrats and divided congressional Republicans as the vote tally was 230-199 with 11 Republican House members voting with Democrats.
House Democrats, who control the chamber, set up the vote after first attempting to pressure Republicans to strip the Georgia Republican of committee assignments on their own. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday released a statement calling the push by Democrats to take away the congresswoman’s committee assignments a
“partisan power grab.”
Greene defended herself ahead of the vote in a speech on the House floor and attempted to distance herself from QAnon.
The congresswoman said that after
“seeing things in the news that didn’t make sense to me.”
She “stumbled across” QAnon in 2017 and became “very interested” in the conspiracy theory,
“The problem with that is though is I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret.’
Greene also said that she believes
“9/11 absolutely happened” and “school shootings are absolutely real and every child that is lost, those families mourn it.”
“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.”
The measure approved by the House directs Greene’s removal from the House Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee,
“in light of conduct she has exhibited.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on Thursday that she has no concerns about the precedent it could set.
“None, not at all. Not at all. If any of our members threatened the safety of other members we’d be the first ones to take them off of a committee. That’s it,”
According to CNN,
Outrage over Greene grew more intense in Congress in the wake of a report from CNN’s KFile that she repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress. The Georgia Republican has also faced backlash over recently resurfaced comments about the 2018 Parkland school shooting.Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting and families of the victims have called for Greene’s resignation after comments surfaced that showed her agreeing with people who claimed the shooting was a “false flag” operation.
McCarthy attempted to distance Republicans from her rhetoric in his statement on Wednesday.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference. I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today.”
McCarthy went on to accuse Democrats of divisiveness, saying,
“the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party.”
Pelosi criticized House Republicans for failing to punish Greene, saying on Thursday ahead of the vote,
“I remain profoundly concerned about House Republican leadership acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists
…particularly disturbing is their eagerness to reward a QAnon adherent, a 9/11 truther, a harasser of child survivors of school shootings and to give them valued committee positions, including, who could imagine they would put such a person on the education committee.”
Despite her remarks on the House floor tonight, Greene has otherwise been publicly defiant in the face of the criticism. In a tweet today, she said,
“It’s not just me they want to cancel. They want to cancel every Republican. Don’t let the mob win.”
Greene announced last Saturday that she had spoken with former President Trump and said she is
“so grateful for (Trump’s) support. More importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First.”
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who sponsored the privileged resolution to have Greene removed, outlined on Monday in a call with reporters how the House could strip Greene of her committee assignments. The resolution required only a simple majority to pass, not a two-thirds vote.
“We can remove her from the committee because ultimately even though our party leaders and our party process appoints us to committees, the House actually ultimately confirms those party recommendations, essentially, and so because it’s a House action we’re able to take a House action to remove a member from committee.”
RT if you still have @realDonaldTrump’s back!— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 7, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene claims her support for terrorism, executing Democrats and QAnon are "words of the past." Meaning two months ago. Even a five-year-old wouldn't try that excuse, not without fake tears. Next up: "That's not who I am", "I've grown" and "The dog ate my bigotry"— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) February 4, 2021