All three released statements following the vote condemning Greene while also calling on Democrats to review comments made by members of their own party.
“As I have repeatedly criticized Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments, I had to hold Marjorie Taylor Greene accountable for her denial of the Parkland Massacre, the Flight 77 crash, and accusing a Jewish family of starting the California wildfires,” Salazar said.
“If MTG is being removed from her committee positions for her past inappropriate comments, then these members should’ve received the same treatment. I’ll continue to demand that Democratic leadership & the press stop the double standard & hold these members equally accountable,” Díaz-Balart said.
Giminez similarly called on Democrats to review past statements made by members, but emphasized that Greene’s comments “must not be tolerated.”
“When she goes after students, victims, and survivors of senseless gun violence as in the case of the Parkland High School shooting, she loses all credibility as someone assigned to crafting policies in protection of our children from violence,” Giminez said.
Freshman lawmaker Malliotakis represents constituents in Staten Island – a group of people who would likely be unhappy about Greene’s past support of conspiracy theories that suggested the terror attacks on 9/11 were staged by the US government.
Now there’s no turning back. Greene is the GOP, and the GOP is Greene.
QAnon is over, “Stop the Steal” is forever
The real reason McCarthy wanted to have it both ways – to wrap Greene’s wrists with a condemnation, but issue no meaningful punishment – is because she’s far more popular among Republican voters than the reality-accepting “Trump lost the election” wing of the party – including the House’s third-in-command Republican Rep. Liz Cheney and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Greene might be part of a small and mostly powerless fringe of internet-created edgelords in the Republican House caucus, but she also represents the GOP base, warped by conspiracy theories, that will never admit Trump lost a free and fair election.
Republicans quietly continue to live in fear of the “Stop the Steal” wing of the electorate, as demonstrated by their inability to – even now – publicly accept Joe Biden is the legitimate President of the United States of America.
And a portion of the GOP House conference clearly identifies with the Greene wing of the party, as the conspiracy theory-spouting lawmaker received a standing ovation from some members at a Republican meeting on Wednesday night.
So while Greene can play the “Who me?” charade regarding her extensive history of swimming in the Alex Jones-wing of the internet, she knows she’s untouchable within the party itself.
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution to strip freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, of two committee assignments in response to her promotion of a slew of conspiracy theories and her endorsement of political violence.
Greene will effectively lose her seats on the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee.
The 230-199 vote came Thursday night after members of both parties gave impassioned speeches about the matter. In a surprise to members of both parties, 11 Republicans broke with the caucus to vote with Democrats in favor of the resolution.
Democrats condemned Greene’s endorsement of violence against Democrats and her support of right-wing conspiracy theories, while many Republicans denounced the resolution as an attempt by Democrats to “cancel” a member of the opposing party.
Several recent news reports have detailed Greene’s endorsement or tacit support of violence against Democrats and other political opponents:
CNN reported that Greene had expressed support on her own Facebook page for assassinating top Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In January 2019, she liked a Facebook comment saying Nancy Pelosi, who had just become the House speaker after Democrats regained control of the chamber, should get a “bullet to the head,” CNN reported.
Greene liked other Facebook comments that called for the execution of FBI agents, CNN said.
She’s also drawn scrutiny for promoting racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America reported recently that Greene had shared posts on social media about a conspiracy theory claiming that a space laser linked to Rothschild Inc. was responsible for the deadly California wildfires in 2018.
Shortly before the House voted to advance the resolution on Thursday, Greene made a floor speech clarifying some of her comments. She acknowledged, among other things, that the September 11 terrorist attacks actually happened and that “school shootings are absolutely real.” The lawmaker also explained how she “stumbled across” the QAnon conspiracy theory in late 2017.
“And I got very interested in it, so I posted about it on Facebook. I read about it, I talked about, I asked questions about it,” Greene said. “A lot of Americans don’t trust our government, and that’s sad. The problem with that, though, is that I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and talk about them.”
Referring to her Facebook activity promoting violence against political opponents, Greene said, “I absolutely regret that.” She added that “if it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018,” she would not be facing expulsion from her House committee assignments.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told his caucus on Wednesday that he supported Greene remaining on both committees. In a statement on Wednesday evening, he accused Democrats of executing a “partisan power grab.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met with McCarthy on Wednesday to discuss a compromise on the response to Greene, but the two could not come to an agreement. McCarthy offered to remove Greene from the Education and Labor Committee and place her instead on the Small Business Committee, but Hoyer rejected that. Hoyer later said that “it is clear there is no alternative to holding a floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments.”
Later Wednesday, the House Rules Committee debated whether to strip Greene of her committee assignments. The chairman, Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, said he thought that Greene should resign and that stripping her of her assignments was the “minimum” action the House could take.
“We have never had a hearing like this before,” McGovern said. “This is truly sick stuff.”
While most Republicans voted to formally condemn QAnon in a resolution last year, former President Donald Trump has embraced the conspiracy-theory movement, and at least two Republican members of Congress have expressed support for it. Amid the partisan debate over whether to punish Greene, Democrats have sought to paint her and other QAnon-sympathizing Republicans as the face of the GOP.
In a press release on Wednesday, Pelosi referred to McCarthy as “McCarthy (Q-CA).”
“McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther,” Pelosi said in the statement, which included condemnations of Greene from a host of GOP lawmakers.
Many Republicans, including leadership, have criticized Greene’s beliefs and past comments. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week called Greene’s “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“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,” McConnell said in a statement.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also denounced Greene, calling her a “kook” and a “wacky weed.”
Other Republican senators have dodged commenting on her altogether. On Tuesday, Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville said he didn’t know anything about Greene because bad weather had prevented him from reading the news.
Many Republicans have argued that the vote on Greene is a slippery slope because it empowers the majority party to strip members of the minority of their committee assignments.
Democrats have said they’re fine with setting a precedent to punish members who voice opinions as dangerous as Greene’s.
“If anybody starts threatening the lives of members of Congress on the Democratic side, we’d be the first to eliminate them from committees,” Pelosi said on Thursday. “They had the opportunity to do so.”
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert on Wednesday said Democrats would “start a war” with their move. Rep. Brian Babin, also from Texas, proposed a resolution earlier this week to replace Greene’s name with that of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota.
“If the Democrat Majority wants to go down this road, they should start by dealing with their own members who have been at this before and AFTER their election to Congress,” he tweeted, alluding to the timing of Greene’s incendiary comments before she was elected.
The Republican Party has in the past stripped a member of his committee assignments. In January 2019, Republicans removed Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, from committees after an interview with The New York Times in which he questioned why white supremacy and white nationalism were considered offensive.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said the House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments. The article has been updated to reflect that the House vote was to advance the resolution, not to pass it.
Liz Cheney, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, will keep her leadership position after she was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump following the Capitol insurrection.
Republican members of the House voted Wednesday evening that the GOP conference chairwoman would keep her position in caucus leadership following a heated, closed-door meeting to discuss the fates of both Cheney and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, according to CNN.
The Wyoming representative faced a reckoning among her colleagues and constituents in past weeks following her decision to cross party lines and vote to impeach Trump. She announced her decision to do so in a scathing statement ahead of the vote and has refused to apologize for her decision. She was one of 10 Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment following the Capitol hill riot.
Some Republicans argued she should be removed from her leadership position following her impeachment vote.
At the beginning of the meeting Wednesday, Cheney reportedly gave a speech defending the Constitution, then told members that she wanted them to take a vote on her leadership status, CNN reported. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise both offered support for Cheney, she also faced questions and “fiery” comments from Trump loyalists, according to the outlet.
During the Wednesday meeting, Greene reportedly addressed her colleagues and apologized for embracing QAnon conspiracy theories in the past, according to The Hill.
Many of her colleagues responded to her apology by giving her a standing ovation. About half of the Republicans at the meeting reportedly rose and applauded Greene.
But division clearly remains within the caucus, even after the Cheney vote and Greene apology. Following the meeting, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who also voted to impeach Trump, retweeted a video of Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. In the video, recorded before the Cheney vote, Gaetz said Republicans had the votes secured to remove Cheney from leadership.
“No we voted. You were just wrong by like, a huuuuuge margin,” Kinzinger tweeted.
“I want to see her do it on Twitter,” Crenshaw told Solender.
Following the meeting, McCarthy defended Greene in a press conference. He told reporters Greene had denounced QAnon and the conspiracy theories and that she told her fellow members so during the meeting. He also said he thinks “everyone” should get to hear her apology.
“I think it would be helpful if you could hear what she told all of us,” he said during the conference. “Denouncing ‘Q-On,’ I don’t know if I’m saying it right, I don’t even know what it is.”
A number of House Republicans gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican and avid conspiracy theorist, a standing ovation after addressing her colleagues during a Wednesday evening caucus meeting to discuss her imminent removal from two House committees, Punchbowl News and other outlets reported.
Vice News reported that about half of the Republicans at the meeting rose to applaud Greene.
According to a report from The Hill, Green apologized for embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory during the closed GOP conference meeting.
“Greene told her colleagues that she made a mistake by being curious about ‘Q’ and said she told her children she learned a lesson about what to put on social media, according to two sources in the room,” citing The Hill report. Her remarks is reportedly what prompted the standing ovation, according to The Hill.
House Republicans gathered to discuss both Greene and Rep. Liz Cheney, a top Republican under fire for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump last month. House Democrats will hold a floor vote on Thursday to strip Greene of her two committee assignments amid escalating backlash over her promotion of a slew of conspiracy theories and her endorsement of political violence.
During Wednesday evening’s meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly explained why he wouldn’t remove Greene from either committee, and Greene addressed some of the outlandish statements she’s made.
Greene has long trafficked in conspiracy theories, including QAnon. The freshman congresswoman has also promoted conspiracy theories claiming that mass school shootings were “false flag” operations and orchestrated by gun law advocates. And new reporting has also exposed her calls to execute Democratic politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans also debated on Wednesday whether to remove Cheney from leadership after she blamed Trump for the Capitol insurrection and called his actions the greatest ever “betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Cheney reportedly said during Wednesday’s meeting that she stood by her comments about Trump’s involvement in the January 6 siege and her position on impeachment. Just 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump for inciting the riot.
House leadership indicated that they wanted to move on from intra-party fights over Greene and Cheney.
“I’ve been very clear that we need to resolve this tonight as members,” Minority Whip Steve Scalise told Politico on Wednesday. “I want the members to go through, air their grievances but get it through tonight and then we gotta move forward together.”
In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Karl Rove, the Republican operative who has advised presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, spoke out against fringe conspiracy theories put forth by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Rove said that Greene, an elected Republican from Georgia, should be stripped of her committee assignments. Greene has made headlines for, among other things, claiming that Jews have started wildfires using space lasers.
“If you believe that the Jews control a space laser that starts fires in Northern California, and there’s some unnamed high-ranking government official who’s got to a heretofore unknown security classification called Q, and all the nutty things that flow with that, you should be taken off the prestigious House Education and Labor Committee and confined to the dark recesses of the furthest building away from the House floor.”
The parents of school shooting victims, who Greene has suggested were participants in a “false flag” event, have also called for the lawmaker to be removed from the panel, which oversees education policy.
On Monday, Democratic leaders gave their Republican counterparts 72 hours to do just that.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, has suggested that school shootings are “false flags” and that 9/11 was an inside job, while expressing support for executing top Democrats. But until Monday, leading members of her party had refused to explicitly condemn her – House Republicans, instead, appointed to her to a committee that oversees education policy.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, is expressing disgust. In a statement first reported by The Hill, the Kentucky Republican called the embrace of conspiracy theories a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
McConnell fell short of calling for anyone to be expelled from Congress, with members of his Senate caucus having themselves embraced false claims of election fraud that helped stoke a riot at the US Capitol. But he did go further than most of his fellow Republicans.
“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,” McConnell said, as reported by The Hill. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats have been even more forceful in their condemnations. Last month, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a progressive from California, introduced a measure calling for Greene to be expelled from Congress.
The parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting have also said Greene should not have a role in shaping the country’s education policy.
On Monday, Democratic leaders gave their Republican counterparts an ultimatum: strip Greene of her committee assignments in the next 72 hours, or Democrats will do it themselves.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said that he plans to have “a conversation” with the lawmaker.
GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has been involved in multiple controversies before and after her arrival in Washington, bragged on Saturday about receiving a phone call from former President Donald Trump and indicated that she had “his support.”
“I had a GREAT call with my all time favorite POTUS, President Trump!” she tweeted. “I’m so grateful for his support and more importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First.”
In a rant-filled haze, she added: “You can never beat him because We The People have his back. The blood thirsty media and the socialists hate America Democrats are attacking me now just like they always attack President Trump. I won’t back down. I’ll never apologize. And I’ll always keep fighting for the people. For me, it’s America First!!! Any elected politician that isn’t putting America First doesn’t deserve their position or the people’s trust.”
Despite Greene’s proclamations of support from Trump, she is earning deeply unfavorable reviews from her many of her peers.
A video from 2018 that was widely circulated this week showed Greene harassing David Hogg, then a 17-year-old survivor of the Parkland school shooting, as he was walking on Capitol Hill, which drew scores of criticism.
As Hogg ignored Greene’s pointed questions, she continued to shout questions at him.
“Why are you using kids as a barrier?,” she asked. “Do you not know how to defend your stance? Look, I’m an American citizen, I’m a gun owner. I have a concealed carry permit, I carry a gun for protection for myself, and you are using your lobby and the money behind it and the kids to try to take away my Second Amendment rights.”
In the past, Greene has supported Facebook posts that advocated for violence against Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
While GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California has said that he “plans to have a conversation” with Greene about her posts, she was still assigned to the House Education and Labor Committee by GOP leaders, a decision that Pelosi called “absolutely appalling.”
On Jan. 29, Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri announced that she was moving offices on Capitol Hill to get away from Greene’s office after a recent confrontation where Bush says she was “berated” by Greene and her staff in a hallway.
Multiple Democrats have called for Greene’s expulsion from the House, including Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California, who said he would introduce a resolution to have her removed from the legislative body for her behavior.
“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues,” he said in a statement. “Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government.”
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who has been a longtime critic of Trump’s influence on the party and his failed quest to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral win, poked at Greene and the former president on Saturday.
“Lies of a feather flock together: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s nonsense and the “big lie” of a stolen election,” he tweeted.
Romney, who was the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, lamented in a December 2020 interview that the GOP had “strayed from” its emphasis on character and said that he didn’t see the party “returning to that for a long time.”
Hours after Democratic Rep. Cori Bush, of Missouri, said she was changing offices because Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene berated her in a hallway, the freshman lawmaker told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that she didn’t move out of fear, but because she has a job to do.
“What I cannot do is continue to look over my shoulder wondering if a white supremacist in Congress by the name of Marjorie Taylor Greene, or anyone else, because there are others…that they are conspiring against us,” Bush said.
She said her focus has to be on St. Louis and the people she represents. Bush also emphasized that members of her staff deserve to feel safe at work.
“They should not have to come to work and wonder if that door is going to open…and it’s somebody who does not want to do them well,” Bush said.
Bush told Reid that despite working previous jobs in fast food, child care, and health care, she’s never had a work environment like her current one.
Greene reacted to Bush’s TV appearance Friday evening, retweeting The ReidOut, and saying “Same @CoriBush” in reference to Bush’s comments about her current workplace.
“You should stop yelling and attacking people,” Greene wrote. “No surprise you joined @JoyAnnReid, she enjoys lying too!”
Greene has come under fire in past days for social media posts that show her endorsing conspiracy theories about school shootings and supporting the execution of Democratic leaders. Greene later deleted the posts.
Friday afternoon, Greene tweeted a statement called “A Message to the Mob from Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.” In it she blamed the “left-wing Democrat mob” and the “Fake News media” for trying to discredit her.
“Every attack. Every lie. Every smear strengthens my base of support at home and across the country because people know the truth and are fed up with the lies,” she wrote.
In a statement to Insider, Bush described the January 13 incident in question. She said she was walking to the House floor to vote and Greene “came up from behind” her loudly ranting into her phone while not wearing a mask.
Bush reportedly asked Greene to put on a mask and Greene responded by “berating” her. Bush said a member of Greene’s staff told her to stop “inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.”
Bush was a racial justice and police accountability advocate before being elected to Congress.
Greene responded to Bush’s move by calling her a liar and tweeting a video of the encounter, saying she “had the receipts.” The video shows Greene livestreaming with her mask pulled down. Someone shouts asking Greene to wear a mask and Greene responds “don’t yell at people” and “stop being a hypocrite.” A Greene staffer can be heard telling Bush to stop inciting violence.
Bush addressed the video on “The ReidOut,” saying it only further proves her account to be true.
“For her to turn this around to be a Black Lives Matter issue, that’s not what it was,” Bush said. “You should care enough about your colleagues, and if you don’t believe…that this is a true health crisis…if you will not honor that…then let go of this job. It is not for you.”
“She can say whatever she wants to say, but the fact is, she did not have a mask on in that tunnel, and I absolutely spoke up.”
Bush said the issue isn’t just about Greene, but relevant to any Congress member who won’t wear a mask.
“Abide by the rules so that we can do our jobs,” she said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday accused Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of “losing control of his caucus” after Democratic Rep. Cori Bush said GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “berated” her in a Capitol hallway without a mask on.
“He is losing control of his caucus & allowing these threats to go unchecked, while looking the other way as members like @CoriBush feel so unsafe that she must move offices just 3 weeks into her 1st term,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Following up to that tweet, she added: “Moving offices is a huge and disruptive effort. Honestly it shouldn’t even be Rep. Bush that has to move and endure all this, it should be Greene – she is the one that posing a threat to others around her.”
Bush, Ocasio-Cortez, and some other Democrats are calling to expel Greene and other GOP members who spread election disinformation and helped incite the Capitol siege earlier this month.
In a video Greene posted on Friday that appeared to show her January 13 encounter with Bush, the Democrat can be heard yelling at Greene to put on her mask. Greene, whose nose and mouth were exposed despite strict rules requiring face coverings in Congress, pulled a mask over her face and yelled back at Bush that she was a “hypocrite” for bringing “COVID positive members in here.”
Someone else with Greene is heard saying to Bush: “Stop inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.”
It’s unclear what “COVID positive members” Greene was referring to or why she accused Bush of “being a hypocrite.”
A spokesman for Greene didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.