Despite Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) apologizing for past remarks she had made about QAnon conspiracy theories in a floor speech before the House, she has lost her committee assignments.
Although past remarks don’t represent her beliefs today, she was shown no mercy, and the House voted to remove her from committee assignments.
“These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me,” Greene said on Thursday, Feb. 4, in her apology. “They do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values.”
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions … and talk about them. And that is absolutely what I regret. If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today,” Greene said. “And you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong. Because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud and my family’s proud of,” said Greene.
The 230-199 vote was bipartisan, with 11 Republicans joining with all Democrats to oust Greene from the Committee on Education and Labor and the House Budget Committee. House Republicans appointed Greene to both panels last month after the freshman rep was elected to Congress, reported Fox News.
After Republicans had not penalized Greene for her past remarks, Democrats felt they had to step in and punish her.
“Serving on a committee isn’t a right. It’s a privilege. When someone encourages violence against a member, they should lose that privilege,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Rules Committee.
“The party of Lincoln is becoming the party of violent conspiracy theories,” McGovern continued. “And apparently, the leaders of the Republican Party in the House today aren’t going to do a damn thing about it.”
The 11 Republicans who voted to strip Greene of her power were Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Nicole Malliotakis of New York, John Katko of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Chris Jacobs of New York, Young Kim of California, Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, and Chris Smith of New Jersey.
Most Republicans criticized Greene’s past comments that included QAnon conspiracies, previous claims that mass school schoolings were staged, her support of suggestions a plane didn’t hit the Pentagon during 9/11, and her alleged endorsement of violence against prominent Democrats and espousing anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.
However, they were not in agreement of a House vote to remove Greene from committees, as Democrat interference in GOP business was setting a dangerous precedent.
“This resolution sets a dangerous new standard that will only deepen divisions within this House,” said Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).