House votes to remove Greene from committees

Alex Hopper, News Editor

On Thursday, Feb. 4, the House voted to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her Education and Labor and Budget Committee assignments. 

The decision came in the wake of recently exposed violent statements from the congresswoman before her election. 

Greene posted several far-right extremist conspiracy theories on her social media. 

These theories included QAnon conspiracies that framed national politics as a battle between former President Donald Trump and a reprehensible Democratic party in league with child abusers.  

Additionally, she liked comments that justified, and even called for, death threats against Democratic politicians. 

In Jan. 2019, Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker,” than to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Along the same vein, she liked comments about executing FBI agents that she believed were working against Trump. 

In April 2018, Greene wrote critically about the Iran Deal, a foreign policy agreement put forth by former President Barack Obama. 

“Now do we get to hang them,” said one commenter to Greene referring to Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

“Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off,” said Greene in her reply. 

After these posts were uncovered, Greene released a statement on her Twitter account, not denying the comments and the posts but, claiming many people have run her account in the past. 

“Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages,” said Greene in her statement. “Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views.”

Greene was only recently elected to Congress when these incriminating posts moved House Democrats to put up the vote to remove Greene from her duties, and divided the House Republicans. 

To add to this, Greene was already facing backlash in the House for her role in normalizing the Capitol insurrection in Jan. and objecting to the 2020 election certification process.

She had also come under fire for comments denying the 9/11 Attacks and claiming that the 2018 Parkland school shooting was a “false flag” operation, meaning it was an attack designed to place blame on another individual.  

House Democrats first attempted to pressure Republicans to strip Greene of her committee assignments on their own, to which the Republicans did not respond with action. 

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy released a statement calling the push by Democrats a “partisan power grab.”

Following this statement, The House Democrats set up a vote to remove Greene. 

Ahead of the vote, Greene defended herself in front of the House, in which she attempted to distance herself from the QAnon conspiracy theories. 

She claimed that after seeing things in the news that didn’t add up to her, she “stumbled across” QAnon at the end of 2017. 

Greene said she became interested in the theories and began posting about them due to her feeling that the government was untrustworthy. 

“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,” said Greene.

The ending vote tally was 230-199, with 11 Republican House members voting to remove Greene. 

Three of the 11- John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, and Fred Upton – also voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in Jan. 

The risky precedent set by the House Democrats could be used against the party by the House Republicans in future situations. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains that she is not afraid of this precedent. 

“If any of our members threatened the safety of other members, we’d be the first ones to take them off of the committee. That’s it,” said Pelosi. 

McCarthy released a statement to distance Republicans from Greene’s comments. 

“I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today,” said McCarthy. 

McCarthy then accused Democrats of furthering the divide within the country. 

“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,” said McCarthy. 

“Marjorie’s also a small business owner. Move her to Small Business. I made that offer to Democrats and they chose to do something that Congress has never done,” said McCarthy. 

Greene left her closing remarks on Twitter, claiming that she won’t be the only Republican the Democratic party attempts to remove from office. 

“It’s not just me they want to cancel. They want to cancel every Republican. Don’t let the mob win,” said Greene. 

House Democrats stand by their decision to call for the removal of Greene. With House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer claiming the move was essential.  

“The Republican Conference chose to do nothing. So… the House must do something,” said Hoyer.