Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia’s first Republican who has a history of believing in QAnon conspiracy theories and doubting mass school shootings, was stripped of her committee duties in a House vote.
Lawmakers voted 230-199 to remove Greene from committees as a sanction for his inflammatory comments. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in support of the resolution.
Greene has garnered a lot of media attention since being sworn in to Congress, but her views received special attention last week as the media reported her ‘likes’ on the posts. Facebook who advocated violence against members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Another video surfaced in which she was shown berating David Hogg, one of the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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Republicans, while condemning Greene’s views, argued that the vote set a dangerous precedent for the future, in which the majority party could sanction members it dislikes. But Democrats said the action was necessary because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused to take action against Greene after meeting with her on Wednesday. He had assigned her to the House Education and Labor Committee and to the Budget Committee.
“The Republican Conference chose to do nothing, so today the House should do something,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), comparing it to how the GOP dealt with Steve King’s case in 2019. In 2019, Republican leaders removed King, who represented a district in Iowa, after questioning why white supremacy was seen as offensive. King lost a main challenge last year.
Greene appeared in the House earlier Thursday to say, “I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions and talk about it… If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and the comments i loved in 2018 i wouldn’t be here today and you can’t accuse me of something wrong. She said she “gave up” believing in QAnon and believed that “the school shootings are absolutely real”.
“These are words from the past, and these things don’t represent me, they don’t represent my district and they don’t represent my values,” she said.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene: “A lot of Americans don’t trust our government … I’ve been allowed to believe things that weren’t true … and that’s absolutely what I regret because without the Facebook posts and comments I liked it in 2018, I wouldn’t be here today. ” pic.twitter.com/TLfVmvbvqn
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But several hours later, in his own speech to the prosecution, Hoyer said he had heard “no apologies” from Greene, and that there had been no contrition in “liking” the threats from. violence against members of Congress.
Hoyer pointed to the billboard showing one of Greene’s social media posts from September, which featured a photo of herself with an assault rifle next to the heads of three Liberal Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, often referred to as “the squad.” Underneath the photo was Greene’s line “” The team’s worst nightmare. “
Hoyer said it was “beyond dispute” that the Facebook post posed a threat of incitement to violence.
A number of lawmakers shared, in great detail, their experiences of being in the House during the siege on January 6 and, afterward, their lingering concerns about their safety.
WATCH: @LeaderHoyer during the debate on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA): “I urge my colleagues to look at this image.”
Representative Hoyer then scans the image around the floor of the house to be seen by the other members.
– CSPAN (@cspan) February 4, 2021