UPDATE, 6:02 p.m .: Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) survived an effort to oust him from the Republican leadership of the House, a move that would have been punishment for her vote to impeach Donald Trump.
The vote was 145-61 among the Republican House Conference to retain Cheney, according to the Associated Press.
A vote to oust Cheney would have signaled the durability of Trump’s support even after he was removed from office. In fact, House Republicans were already under fire for voting on Cheney’s future without taking action against Marjorie Taylor Greene.
PREVIOUSLY: Marjorie Taylor Greene receives far more media attention than her actual power as a freshman Congressman in the Minority Party, filling a void that might otherwise have gone to Donald Trump.
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A lot was already known about Greene when she sought a seat at Georgia House last year, but recent stories have revealed more of her past beliefs, including anti-Semitic tropes linking space lasers to wildfires in California. She “liked” the comments on Facebook call for violence against democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. A video resurfaced last week in which she was seen berating Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg as she laughed at him in other.
On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on whether to strip Greene of his committee assignments, on the budget and education and labor committees. The House Rules Committee voted on party lines on Wednesday to move the resolution forward.
“We hoped the Republican leadership would have dealt with this, but they are not dealing with this,” said Rules Committee chairman Rep. Jim McGovern (R-MA).
Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL), another member of the committee, said the theories that were advocated by Greene “are not just illusory, they also advocate violence”. Republicans on the committee called the action premature.
Since Joe Biden’s inauguration, Greene has quickly become the most polarizing figure in cable news, as his fate is presented as a staging no less than the future course of the Republican Party. Her beliefs were out in the open when she won her primary and seat last year, but they have been overshadowed by the chaos in Trump’s White House. This is no longer the case, as the former president has been banned from social media and absent from traditional media.
While GOP leaders in the House may downplay its importance to the GOP’s future, the notion that action must be taken against it gained momentum after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ( R-KY), called “false lies and conspiracy theories” a “cancer for the Republican Party and our country.”
After meeting Greene, Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) condemned his remarks and said in a statement: “His past comments now make a lot more sense. Marjorie recognized this in our conversation. I keep her at her word, as well as her actions in the future.
Even though he has been called upon to take action against Greene, McCarthy has instead tried to turn the tide and accuse Democrats of not taking action against some of their own members. He referred to Ilhan Omar (D-MN) comments in 2019. After McCarthy called for punishing Omar for the comments she held critical of Israel, she wrote: “It’s all about Benjamins, baby. She later apologized and said she was receiving information about “the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes”.
As Omar was presented as a example of “double standard” by conservatives on Fox News and elsewhere, she has weighed herself in, calling it “a desperate slander rooted in racism, misogyny and Islamophobia.”
“She actively encouraged the insurgency on Capitol Hill which threatened my life and that of all members of Congress and resulted in multiple deaths,” Omar said. “She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face. She came to the Capitol demanding that me and Rep. [Rashida] Tlaib swears on the Christian Bible instead of the Koran.
Greene accused Democrats of trying to ‘cancel’ it complaining that she was the target of “CNN fake news”. As the House Rules Committee took steps to remove her from the committee, she taken to twitter to brag about how much money she has amassed as she has become the center of attention.