House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would take no action against Marjorie Taylor Greene Wednesday despite calls for her to be fired from the party for her bizarre conspiracy theories – prompting a furious war of words with Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The chasm between the two parties on Capitol Hill deepened even further Wednesday as Republicans attempted to redirect focus from Greene onto why Ilhan Omar isn’t facing removal for her own past controversial comments.
‘I understand that Marjorie’s comments have caused deep wounds to many and as a result, I offered Majority Leader Hoyer a path to lower the temperature and address these concerns,’ McCarthy said in a statement detailing his proposed compromise.
‘Instead of coming together to do that, 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.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded with her own statement saying: ‘As No 2. Senate Republican John Thune warned Tuesday, McCarthy has chosen to make House Republicans ‘the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon’ and Rep. Greene is in the driver’s seat.’
McCarthy proposed to Steny Hoyer earlier Wednesday taking steps for Republicans to remove Greene from the House Education and Labor Committee.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured second from right with other congressional leadership) released a statement Wednesday lashing out at Democrats for moving forward with attempting to remove Majorie Taylor Greene from her Committee assignments
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) shot back at McCarthy by claiming he is allowing Greene and QAnon conspiracies take over the Republican Party. ‘McCarthy has chosen to make House Republicans ‘the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon’ and Rep. Greene is in the driver’s seat,’ she said in a statement Wednesday
Calls for Republicans to punish Greene emerged after it was revealed she pushed QAnon conspiracies and backed calls for violence against Democratic lawmakers before she was elected to Congress
In her statement, Pelosi identified McCarthy with a ‘Q’ next to his name rather than an ‘R’ for Republican
McCarthy also released a statement, where he said Democrats should look within their own Party at lawmakers on committees that conflict with their words and actions, like Rep. Ilhan Omar sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee despite outwardly anti-Semitic tropes and comments
The Democratic leader, wanting a more serious punishment, declined the offer and is instead moving forward with bringing a vote to the House floor on the matter. The no deal led McCarthy to abandon any plans for reprimanding Greene from within the GOP.
Pelosi responded by attacking McCarthy – where instead of identifying the California representative with an ‘R’ for Republican, she put a Q for ‘QAnon.’
‘After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene,’ the House speaker wrote in a scathing statement against her Republican colleague on Wednesday afternoon.
‘As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget,’ she continued. ‘McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther.’
McCarthy said Democrats are so focused on further dividing Republicans from themselves, that they are not looking within their own Party to Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.
‘While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants,’ McCarthy said in his statement.
Omar also became a topic of discussion during the House Rules Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Democratic resolution on removing Greene among themselves and the House Ethics Committee.
Democrats could vote as early as Thursday on removing Greene from both her committee positions in a blow to McCarthy’s attempt to keep the issue off the House floor.
‘I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments,’ Hoyer said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
He detailed next moves, saying: ‘The Rules Committee will meet this afternoon, and the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow.’
Greene tweeted defiantly that Democrats ‘hated America’ and that she was being targeted for being a ‘White, Woman, Wife, Mother, Christian, Conservative, Business Owner.’
Democratic lawmakers brought the resolution to the House Ethics Committee to debate removing Greene on Wednesday.
New Ethics Ranking Member Jackie Walorski said the timing causes the comments and social media posts to fall outside Congress’ jurisdiction since they were made before Greene was elected to Congress and started serving.
She also argued that Democrats should have left it up to Republicans to deal with the issue internally.
As the House Rules Committee meeting kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, however, Chairman James McGovern said it was necessary for Democrats to take action because ‘internal’ issues within the GOP are causing Republicans to drag their feet on doing anything to respond to Greene’s conduct and comments.
‘We’re here today because, to be honest with you, the Republican leadership has not dealt with this,’ McGovern said during the Zoom meeting. ‘And it is unclear whether they’re able to deal with it based on internal political strife.’
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (left) after speaking with McCarthy (second from left) on Wednesday rejected his plea to strike a deal on how to reprimand Greene for pushing QAnon conspiracies. McCarthy decided, in turn, to take no action against the GOP representative
The House Rules Committee convened with the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday to discuss a Democrat resolution calling on the removal of Marjorie Taylor Greene (pictured) from both her committee assignments
Mask changes: Throughout the day, Greene (pictured here leaving her office for the day) changed her ace mask at least three times to portray three different messages ‘End Abortion,’ ‘Reopen America’ and ‘Free Speech’
New Ethics Ranking Member Jackie Walorski said during a meeting to discuss the resolution removing Greene that the comments a fall outside Congress’ jurisdiction since they were made before Greene was elected to Congress. She also said Democrats should let Republicans deal with the issue in their caucus
Rules Committee Chair James McGovern (left) and Ethics Chair Ted Deutch (right) both said they needed to take against against Greene because Republicans have too much turmoil within the Party to do so themselves right now
During the Rules meeting on Wednesday, one Republican lawmaker brought up that progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar has also made anti-Semitic comments and downplayed the 9/11 terrorist attacks during her tenure in Congress, but has not faced the same scrutiny from Democrats
Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch – notably who represents the Florida district where the Parkland school shooting occurred – agreed with McGovern’s stance.
‘We wouldn’t be here, in this position today – and before we start it, I’m sorry that we’re here… but we wouldn’t be here if Republican leadership hadn’t rewarded Representative Greene with seats on the Budget Committee and the Education and Labor Committee despite her behavior, despite her actions,’ Deutch said.
‘We wouldn’t be here if Leader McCarthy had been responsive to, what I am quite confident in describing as the nation’s collective outrage at Representative Greene’s behavior,’ he continued.
Hoyer and McCarthy spoke earlier Wednesday to try to strike a deal.
But with the Republican minority leader dealing with pressures from within two branches of his Party to both embrace Greene and condemn her, McCarthy was only able to plead with Hoyer for Democrats to accept him booting Greene from her post on the Education Committee as punishment.
Hoyer told reporters at the Capitol of the call: ‘He made a decision and we’re going to move forward.’
The Maryland Democrat added that he isn’t sure if McCarthy does plan to take any separate action against Greene.
It appeared some Democrats are attempting to deflect from Greene’s past comments – instead bringing up issues with progressive Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota during the meeting Wednesday.
Hoyer said in a statement following a call with McCarthy Wednesday that Democrats will hold a floor vote Thursday on removing Greene from both her committee assignments
Greene posted a tweet claiming whatever McCarthy does it will ‘never be enough for the hate America Democrats (sic)’ have
She also said Democrats are ‘set out to destroy Republicans’ and claimed the ‘bloodthirsty media are their henchmen’
Greene, wearing a mask with ‘Free Speech’ written across it, arrived to Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as she prepares to receive her fate regarding committee positions
McCarthy proposed booting Greene from the Education and Labor Committee but allowing her to remain on the Budget Committee
‘We will never back down!’ Greene posted in a Twitter tirade on Wednesday
Representative Brian Babin of Texas brought up during his time speaking Omar’s ‘some people did something’ comments when talking about 9/11, which was seen by many as her downplaying the severity of the terrorist attacks.
‘Unfortunately, I could go on with the near-constant litany of wildly offensive anti-Semitic, ‘America is a bad guy’ rhetoric that Representative Omar has exposed both before and during her time in Congress,’ Babin said of his Democratic colleague.
‘The majority is seeking to hold Representative Greene to the standards of the House rules for her conduct and words while she was a private citizen, but they have said nothing and will do nothing about Representative Omar’s conduct and words while she’s been in office,’ he continued.
Babin is one of five Republican representatives sponsoring a resolution to Omar from her posts on the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The move is obviously in response to Democrat taking the same against against Greene while both lawmakers have spewed anti-Semitic views in the past and have both come under fire for the comments related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A nearly two-hour meeting between McCarthy and Greene Tuesday evening evidently did not go as well as McCarthy was hoping with the Georgia Republican representative refusing to denounce QAnon conspiracies or apologize for backing calls for violence against Democrats.
McCarthy gave Greene a blunt offer during their discussion, a person familiar with their talks told Politico: apologize or resign from at least one of her committee roles voluntarily – or Republicans would get rid of her themselves.
The California Republican told Greene she could denounce QAnon and apologize for pushing conspiracy theories and calling for violence against Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or she could voluntarily step down from the House Education and Labor Committee.
If she did not or else face removal from her GOP House colleagues, he told her.
But Greene refused to take the deal on offer – then spent Wednesday morning tweeting defiantly that McCarthy was bowing to Democrats who she accused of cheering on ‘thugs who riot, burn, loot, attack police, murder, & occupy federal property.’
Following the sit-down, McCarthy called an impromptu late-night meeting with the House GOP Steering Committee, which is the panel that designates committee assignments and is able to remove people from their posts.
The panel was scheduled to meet again on Wednesday to try to reach a decision on what to do about Greene. But on Wednesday Morning, Punchbowl reported that there were no longer plans for the panel to convene with McCarthy.
Republicans are desperate to avoid a public vote on Greene. Instead, the House minority leader said he would try to broker a deal with House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to prevent Democrats forcing her off the committees in a floor vote.
McCarthy would offer booting Greene from the Education and Labor Committee in return for her staying on the Budget Committee.
But it was unclear if Hoyer will go for the deal with McCarthy, according to sources.
Greene responded to reports of McCarthy’s impending proposal and suggestions Hoyer will not take the deal, claiming Republicans will never be able to do enough to please Democrats.
‘No matter what @GOPLeader does it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats,’ she tweeted Wednesday morning before arriving at the Capitol for the day. ‘As much as he genuinely tries to work with @SpeakerPelosi for the good of this country, she refuses to see the hypocrisy of her own conference.’
Greene attached to her tweet an image of the Politico report indicating Hoyer would not be open to the compromise proposed by McCarthy to strop Greene of just one of her committee positions.
Greene also said if Pelosi was in McCarthy’s position she would ‘pull every identity political trick in the book to defend her member’
TAYLOR GREENE’S BIZARRE CLAIMS
- The California Camp Fire which killed at least 85 was caused by a space laser linked to the Rothschilds and the state’s high-speed rail. PG&E admitted it was caused by a faulty power line and went into bankruptcy to fund a $13.5bn settlement and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
- Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin cut off a child’s face while she was alive, Clinton wore it as a mask so the terrified child would produce ‘adrenachrome’ and then organized the killing of a cop who knew about it.
- The Las Vegas massacre was organized by Democrats to help them ban guns and shooter Stephen Paddock was not a lone wolf.
- There’s no evidence of a plane hitting the Pentagon on 9/11.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre which cost the lives of 17 students was a ‘false flag planned shooting.’
- ‘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.’
- Seth Rich leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails and was murdered in revenge by her aide John Podesta because the emails revealed that a D.C. pizza restaurant had a child-smuggling operation in its basement. It does not even have a basement.
- The world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and the Q in QAnon exists and is the ‘best chance to take them out.’
- Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett are Muslims.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced by a body double.
- She wasn’t the person who posted a call to assassinate Nancy Pelosi to her own Facebook page.
Democrats are only increasing their demands for a drastic punishment for the Georgia Republican – including expelling her from the House, censoring her and removing her from both her committee assignments.
The actions against Greene are coming to a head finally after reports emerged last week of her supporting and pushing QAnon conspiracies more fervently than previously known. This includes subscribing to the thoughts that the Sandy Hook and Parkland shooting were a ‘hoax.’
She also supported online calls, before being elected to Congress, for violence and even execution against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.
During the meeting with McCarthy on Tuesday, the GOP leader explained Greene’s controversial past was putting the whole party in a compromising situation as Democrats are threatening a floor vote on reprimanding her.
Some Republicans close to McCarthy floated other options Tuesday night, like re-appointing Greene to another committee. This option is much less likely for Democrats to jump on board with.
Those in the room during the emergency meeting Tuesday evening also noted that they don’t want to allow the left to dictate how the GOP handles committee assignments. They also fear Democrats would unintentionally make Greene a martyr.
One method Democrats are pursuing to remove Greene is by a resolution in the House Rules Committee, which they will consider on Wednesday.
Representatives Sara Jacobs of California and Nikema Williams of Georgia, who site on the committee, released a resolution Monday on ‘[r]emoving a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.’
In the Williams-Jacobs resolution, the lawmakers provide a list of reasons why they feel Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, should be removed from her committee assignments.
‘Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments and action are dangerous, signal a threat to other members of Congress, and brought shame on the House of Representatives,’ the representatives said of the resolution on removal.
Meanwhile, Republicans are also seeking to have far-left Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democratic from Minnesota, removed from her committee assignments for ‘anti-Semtism,’ Fox News reported.
Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota and a member of GOP leadership, said on Tuesday that the party’s identity crisis is a ‘big distraction for them right now.’
‘Do they want to be the party of limited government and fiscal responsibility, free markets, peace through strength and pro-life or do they want to be the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon,’ he said.
Senate Republicans including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, have issued firm criticism of Greene.
Representatives Sara Jacobs (left) and Nikema Williams (right) are bringing a resolution for the House Rules Committee to consider Wednesday on removing Marjorie Taylor Greene from both her committee assignments
‘Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,’ McConnell said in a statement.
Romney said: ‘I think our party has to make it very clear that she does not represent us in any way.’
House Republicans, however, are instead pushed for action against progressive ‘Squad’ member Ilhan Omar.
A proposed GOP-backed amendment obtained by Fox News seeks to remove Omar from House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee assignments.
Reps. Brian Babin, Jeff Duncan, Jody Hice, Andy Biggs, and Ronny Jackson have reportedly sponsored the resolution ‘in light of conduct she has exhibited,’ Fox News reported.
The Republicans allege that Omar has made anti-Semitic comments in the past that mark a grounds for dismissal.
Omar, a longtime critic of Israel, received bipartisan criticism in 2019 when she suggested that pro-Israel politicians were being paid by the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby.
‘It’s all about the Benjamins baby,’ Omar had previously tweeted, referencing McCarthy’s pledge to take ‘action’ against her for her Israel criticism.
Republican representative Guy Reschenthaler, from Pennsylvania, sought to remove fellow ‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib from her committee assignments last year for her own alleged ‘anti-Semitic’ comments.
Greene said Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg was trained ‘like a dog,’ in a clip that surfaced Tuesday as Democrats are poised to remove her from committee assignments over controversial statements.
Greene, however, has made far reaching conspiracy theory claims including that school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, could be hoaxes.
The families of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown previously have sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for making similar claims.
In a clip that surfaced on Tuesday, Greene said Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg was trained ‘like a dog.’
‘So he is very trained, he’s like a dog, he’s completely trained,’ Greene said in an 2019 interview with Georgia Gun Owners executive director Patrick Parsons, who’s now her chief of staff.
An unearthed video from 2019 shows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) speaking to Georgia Gun Owners head Patrick Parsons (right), who’s now her chief of staff, about her encounter with gun control activist David Hogg. In the new clip she says he’s ‘trained like a dog’
On Wednesday, a video went viral that showed now Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (back left and right) following Parkland survivor and gun control activist David Hogg (left) around Capitol Hill’s campus, chiding him for his support of gun control measures
In it, Greene is speaking about following Hogg around on Capitol Hill, a clip that went viral last week in the aftermath of CNN breaking a story about how the Georgia Republican had indicated support for executing Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Facebook posts.
The original video shows Greene following Hogg on Capitol Hill, at one point calling him a ‘coward,’ and asking the school shooting victim if he realized his classmates wouldn’t been killed if the school’s guard had been armed.
‘Good guys with guns hurt bad guys with guns, they’ll kill them, and it will reduce the number of deaths,’ she noted.
Describing the encounter to Parsons, Greene said Hogg ‘does not talk.’
‘He only talks when he’s scripted,’ she said.
Greene said Hogg was being followed around Capitol Hill with a ‘gaggle of girls’ and also female ‘handlers’ in their 20s and 30s.
‘Here they are, they are so naive and they are being so brainwashed into fighting to take away something that protects them as women,’ she said of Hogg’s female companions. ‘I was heartbroken, literally heartbroken. I’m so thankful for my Second Amendment rights.’
‘They’re fighting to get rid of the right to protect themselves from getting raped,’ Greene continued in the 2019 interview.
‘I’m looking at this idiot, David Hogg, leading these girls who are clueless, absolutely clueless, into giving up the greatest thing that protects them,’ the future congresswoman added.
While Greene has expressed beliefs in a number of conspiracy theories, including QAnon, that a plane didn’t hit the Pentagon on 9/11 and that California’s Camp Fire was caused by space lasers, which she connected to the Rothschilds in an anti-Semitic dog whistle, Pelosi’s biggest complaint was that the congresswoman expressed doubt that Parkland and Sandy Hook actually happened.
Last week, Pelosi went on a tirade because Greene had been placed by Republican leadership on the House’s Education committee after saying the massacres had been ‘staged.’
‘What could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing. It’s absolutely appalling and I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children,’ Pelosi said Thursday.
Pelosi said top Republicans were willing to ‘overlook’ Greene’s comments ‘when she has mocked the killing of little children,’ pointing specifically to the massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the latter of which Hogg attended.
Since video of Hogg and Greene’s encounter went viral, the now 20-year-old gun control activist has also called for Greene to be stripped of her committee assignments.
Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz introduced a resolution that would remove Greene from her committees and a vote is expected Wednesday.
Only a majority, which Democrats have, would need to vote yea.
That’s an easier sell than a separate effort from Rep. Jimmy Gomez to have Greene expelled from Congress.
As of Tuesday night, Gomez said he had 68 co-sponsors.
Still, that legislation would need two-thirds of the House for passage.