Was House right to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments?
- Majorie Taylor Green (MTG) is the freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia. MTG was elected in November 2020 to represent the state’s 14th congressional district, in which she won by over 75%.
- MTG’s name has made recent headlines due to her past support of Qanon, and other controversial statements she has made in the past.
- A September 2020 Gallup poll indicates only 9% of American trust mass media a “great deal,” 31% “a fair amount,” 27% “not very much,” and 33% “[no trust] at all.”
- Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has called comments made by currently serving members, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Maxine Waters, “offensive and dangerous,” and is pushing to remove Omar and Waters from committee assignments in a “tit-for-tat” political move.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green has stated publicly that she believes there is truth in the Qanon movement, which believes there is a cannibalistic pedophile ring at the center of government. There is simply no place for a person with these extremist views in our government; Congress is right to remove her from her committee positions. Further, as someone who has denounced school shootings as false flag operations, Congresswoman Green is clearly too controversial a person to be effective in her role.
Republicans have attempted to change the debate around Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene's disturbing pronouncements to a debate over whether it is appropriate for the majority party to vote to remove a member of the opposition from committee appointments by simple majority. Make no mistake; this is about Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and her appalling comments, which have included suggesting that Democrats should be executed. Her removal does not set a precedent of removing a member of the opposite party for political reasons; it sets a precedent of removing those who say dangerous, inflammatory, and wildly unproven things publicly from their positions, something that can only strengthen our democracy.
Those in support of Congresswoman Green, such as house minority leader Kevin McCarthy, have said that she has apologized to them in private. Private apologies are not sufficient for public statements, especially when the individual in question is bringing in large fundraising dollars from a base that is excited by her actions. This inability to show contrition for her actions proves that Congresswoman Green is not fit to hold these posts, and Congress is right to remove her.
It's an appalling precedent set by Democrats to strip Majorie Taylor Green of her committee assignments, not to mention hypocritical. When the Republicans were the majority party, they never stripped Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, or Rashida Tlaib of their committee assignments for the racist and anti-Semitic remarks they made. Neither did they remove Eric Swalwell for his being a security risk. Congress is not responsible for censoring an elected representative for views expressed before an election. Voters were aware of Greene's past views and chose to elect her regardless.
Greene went to the House floor and publicly stated, '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.' She said she was angry at the government and Media for their partisanship and began looking for answers in other places as many Americans do. She publicly denounced all violence and has reformed as an honorable representative since elected. There's no proof she still supports Qanon or any calls of violence. She said, 'school shootings are absolutely real…9/11 absolutely happened…Big Media companies can take teeny tiny pieces of words that I've said [...] and can portray us as someone that we're not, and that is wrong.'
If she were to hold these conspiratorial and inflammatory views publicly, Congress could censure her and strip her committee assignments. Republicans have proven they are willing to hold this standard as they applied it to Steve King. But Democrats broke 200 years of tradition just to direct their ire at a new Republican target. All politicians say controversial things. If this is the new standard, then many Democrats should also lose committee assignments.