Marjorie Taylor Greene is so desperate to cling to power she has renounced nearly all of her crackpot, insurrectionist views and violent threats, but it’s not enough.
She should be expelled from Congress. Every day she remains in office legitimizes the extremist views and calls for violence that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
All Democrats and 11 Republicans voted 230-199 Thursday (Feb. 4) to remove Greene from her assignments on the Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee.
The action required only a majority vote.
The Constitution gives Congress wide latitude to discipline members, including expulsion for breaking rules or disorderly behavior. It would take a two-thirds vote to expel her.
In fact, 20 members have been expelled for various infractions and seven lawmakers have resigned in the face of expulsion since Congress was founded. The latest occurred in 2002.
Greene clearly qualifies.
She began urging violence against public officials more than two years before she ran for office.
‘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,” Greene said.
She also called for the execution of top Democrats and the expulsion of Muslim members.
Greene referred to Capitol insurrection as “Republicans’ “1776 moment.”
She openly advocated violence again in a 2019 video.
She urged supporters to “flood the Capitol Building” in a protest against “tyrannical” leaders. Democratic lawmakers “should fear us” and that “we should feel like we will” use violence “if we have to,” she continued.
“We can do it peacefully. We can. I hope we don’t have to do it the other way. I hope not. But we should feel like we will if we have to. Because we are the American people.”
In another video, Greene exhorted her followers to attend a Feb. 2019 “Fund the Wall” rally in Washington, D.C., calling on “Americans” to battle against an “out-of-control, tyrannical, insane” federal government.
“They are nothing, and they should fear us. … They should be cowering in fear,” she said. “And you know what, if you show up in big numbers on Feb. 23, oh I promise you, I promise you, they’ll be struck with fear on the inside.”
The enemy, she said, was not limited to Democratic leaders — “communist traitors and Islamist lovers” — but extended to a larger apparatus that she described as “all these different agencies and the courts, and all these different offices.”
Georgia Democrats on the state and federal level are calling for her to resign from Congress for spurring the deadly riot.
“This is the same rhetoric that provoked the lawlessness we saw during the January 6th Domestic Terrorist attack. We must do everything we can to prevent similar events from occurring ever again,” said Georgia Rep. Nikema Williams in a statement.
Greene renounced many of her craziest ideas and threats in a speech on the House floor, claiming many of her statements were made years ago.
During a floor speech defending her record, she told lawmakers she stopped following QAnon in 2018 when she found out it was spreading “misinformation.”
“If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today, and you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong,” she said.
‘Later in 2018 when I started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts, I stopped believing it,’ Greene said.
But in videos and social media posts just last year, she openly praised QAnon and claimed its views exhibited “patriotic sentiment.”
A Facebook Live video posted by Greene on Oct. 2 last year shows her slamming a House resolution that condemned QAnon. Greene called the move “a concern,” London’s Daily Mail reported.
As late as July, during an interview with a local ABC News affiliate in Chattanooga, Tenn., she refused to denounce the group’s unfounded conspiracies.
Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, an outspoken QAnon supporter before, in a new interview didn’t answer if she still supports QAnon but said “I’ve only ever seen patriotic sentiment coming out of” QAnon & criticized crackdowns on it. https://t.co/g6DWxJHdK6 pic.twitter.com/vGgEK3hkbI
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) July 31, 2020
At the time, she was running for an open seat in Congress in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. She was in a runoff election after winning 41 percent of the vote against eight Republican primary opponents.
She portrayed herself as “just an average person,” a business owner and a mom of three. “I easily relate to people because I am just one of them, you know,” she said.
The interviewer, Josh Roe, noted that 40 percent of the higher-income people who worked in the district did not live there. In fact, Greene didn’t live there either.
She initially ran in Georgia’s 6th District, where she lived. But it represents an Atlanta suburb that tilts Democratic.
The millionaire daughter of a construction company owner only moved to the 14th District to run for office when the seat opened up.
The 14th District has its own sketchy past. It was created as part of redistricting after the 2010 census. The Republican legislature was accused of extensive gerrymandering to preserve a GOP state majority.
As such, the District is 85 percent white and only 15 percent of the residents are college educated, guaranteeing a Republican seat in Congress.
Trump carried the district with over 75 percent of the vote in 2016, his eighth-best showing nationwide.
Her campaign focused on the premise that socialism is destroying America, even though her district is the poorest in Georgia with a 12.6% unemployment rate and relies heavily on government assistance.
The interview was fairly straight-forward, until Greene was asked why she refused to wear a mask in “close quarters” during some of her indoor campaign events.
She replied with the standard conservative line that she valued the freedom to wear a mask or not wear a mask.
“You know, with this coronavirus, this Chinese virus so to speak… I believe and most Americans believe it’s been politicized in a lot of ways,” she said.
Even though her own parents were elderly and in a high risk group, she said she believed people should have the freedom to choose and build “herd immunity” to get back to work and school.
By then, however, even President Trump was urging people to wear masks, although he largely refused to wear one himself. In October, he contracted COVID-19.
Invariably, the question of QAnon came up. During the primary, Greene refused to confirm or deny whether she supported the group.
“I’m just one of millions of people around the country… who are concerned about a deep state,” she replied.
She reeled off a number of conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, “who talk about it everyday.”
She seemed to also blame the “left leaning” media, and lamented that Obamagate– a right-wing conspiracy pushed by Trump– had not been reported.
When asked if she still believed “Q,” the mysterious QAon leader, is a patriot, as she’d claimed in a video, Greene endorsed the group.
“I’ve only ever seen patriotic sentiment coming out of that source,” she replied, lamenting that the group was facing increasingly censorship on social media.
She claimed the group never espoused violent rhetoric, like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
One far-right QAnon conspiracy theory claims Satan-worshiping pedophiles, largely Democrats, are plotting against Trump and are running a global child sex trafficking ring. QAnon exists and is the “best chance to take them out,” she said.
Greene posted hours of Facebook videos filled with racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments — including an assertion that Black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party,” and that George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, is a Nazi,” Politico reported.
“Those videos are out there, too,” Roe noted.
She said she was only speaking about “radical Islamists” who believed in Sharia law, and attacked Muslim members of Congress.
She called the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections an “Islamic invasion of our governments.”
She said African-Americans should embrace Confederate monuments, mostly erected to reinforce Jim Crow around the turn of the 19th century.
She’s also shared videos of Holocaust deniers and has associated with known members of the Klu Klux Klan.
Beside promoting QAnon conspiracies, she also claimed the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a “false flag” staged by actors. The Las Vegas massacre that left 58 dead was organized by Democrats to take away guns, she claimed.
“I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.,” she said.
She also questioned whether the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon in Washington was real, a view she recanted in her floor speech.
Among some of Greene’s more bizarre claims, she insisted late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced by a body double in 2017 and that Jewish-owned space lasers caused a California wild fire.
She once said Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin cut off a child’s face and wore it as a mask to terrorize the child into producing “adrenachrome,” and then organized the death of a cop to cover it up.
She promoted the false conspiracy theory that Democratic aide Seth Rich was murdered by Hillary Clinton’s emails for leaking emails during the 2016 election.
She claimed Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett were Muslims.