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Republican Leader Won’t Punish Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over Racist and Violent Rhetoric

HeadlineFeb 04, 2021

The House of Representatives votes today on whether to strip Georgia Republican Congressmember Marjorie Taylor Greene of her assignments on the House Education and Budget Committees over her history of violent threats, promoting dangerous conspiracy theories, and racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic comments. On Wednesday, Greene reportedly apologized for some of her past comments during a closed-door Republican caucus meeting. She received a standing ovation after concluding her remarks. Afterward, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters he condemned Greene’s comments — but said he would not strip Greene of her committee assignments or punish her in any other way.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “I denounce all those comments that were brought up, everybody. And she came to the — she came inside our conference and denounced them, as well. She said she was wrong.”

Mother Jones reports Greene served as a moderator for a Facebook page that championed the John Birch Society and routinely featured death threats and bigoted attacks against Democrats. Greene has repeatedly claimed that the Parkland massacre and other mass shootings were “false flag” operations staged to crack down on gun rights. NBC News reports that in one 2019 interview with a gun owners group, Greene mocked Parkland, Florida, high school shooting survivor David Hogg as an “idiot” who “only talks when he is scripted.” House Ethics Committee Chair Ted Deutch of Florida — whose district includes Parkland — responded on Wednesday.

Rep. Ted Deutch: “The families are still grieving, as are the communities of Sandy Hook and Las Vegas and too many more to name. There are not words in the English language to properly describe how the remarks of Ms. Greene makes these communities feel. They are still suffering. They will suffer forever.”

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