House Votes To Remove Vitriolic, Conspiracy Theory-Touting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene From Committee Assignments
Greene once insisted fellow Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib be sworn into their positions on Christian bibles instead of the Qurans that align with their religions.
February 05, 2021 at 5:26 pm
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been removed from the Education and Budget committees after all of the Democrats in the House were joined by 11 Republicans in voting for the resolution to strip her of her assignments, according to CBS News.
The 230-199 vote caps off weeks of outrage that has surrounded Greene, who has been engulfed in scandals related to her blatant bigotry toward Black people, Muslims and Jews as well as her support for executing leading Democratic politicians like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, CNN reported after combing through Greene's Facebook page.
“Serving on a committee is not a right, it is a privilege and when someone encourages violence against a member they should lose that privilege. I stand here today still deeply, deeply troubled and offended by the things that she has posted and said and still not apologized for,” House rules committee chairman Jim McGovern said on Thursday, according to The Guardian.
Multiple sites, including Media Matters, have done deep dives into the conspiracy theories Greene supports and the most outlandish ones have become social media fodder, including one Facebook post where she wrote that Jewish leaders controlled lasers that started wildfires in California.
Greene faced even more backlash after questioning whether the terrorist attacks on 9/11 actually happened and for her harassment of children who survived school shootings.
Video has resurfaced of conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg pic.twitter.com/w1ehXCpRSE— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 31, 2021
Republicans have been split over what to do about Greene. Most GOP members have expressed support for her views and former President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted her as the "future star" of the Republican Party.
The Georgia native received a standing ovation from the Republicans in the House this week as they mulled over whether to remove her from the committees themselves. Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy came out forcefully against removing Greene from her assignments, CBS News reported.
Even Senator Mitch McConnell, who spent four years backing a Trump presidency that touted many of the same conspiracy theories, sent a statement to The Hill slamming Greene's views.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country. Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party,” McConnell said.
But the outstanding support for her and her views within the Republican caucus forced House Democrats to take action and put her committee assignments up for a full House vote. She has raised millions of dollars in donations as media coverage of her views has grown.Even though Greene has apologized privately to Republicans, she has doubled and tripled down on her vitriol this week, fundraising heavily by intentionally using the face of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in advertisements to stoke hatred among her supporters.
Greene often uses images of Omar and congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib in her advertisements. Congresswoman Cori Bush said Greene's staff berated her and called her a terrorist.
In a statement, Omar called out Greene's bigotry and criticized Republican leaders for continuing to back her.
"Let's be clear: this is a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene has incited violence against her fellow Members of Congress, repeatedly singling out prominent women of color. She actively encouraged the insurrection in the Capitol that threatened my life and the life of every Member of Congress, and resulted in multiple deaths. She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face," Omar wrote.
The statement was in response to an ad Greene released this week that used Omar's face as the background image.
"It's time to stop whitewashing the actions of the violent conspiracy theorists, who pose a direct and immediate threat to their fellow Members of Congress and our most fundamental processes," she wrote.