According to a new report from POLITICO, House Democrats are preparing to “force” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) out of her committee seats in Congress. Greene and the Republicans who are enabling her have faced steep criticism after past comments of hers resurfaced including repeated expressions of apparent support for the executions of prominent Democrats. On other occasions, among other examples, Greene repeatedly expressed apparent agreement with Facebook commenters who described the 2018 Parkland shooting as a “false flag planned shooting” and “fake.”
SCOOP: Dems are giving the GOP an ultimatum on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: Either Rs move to strip her off committees within 72 hours, or Dems will do it themselves on the floor
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) February 1, 2021
Now, POLITICO reports that “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is planning to deliver an ultimatum to [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy this week,” demanding that he remove Greene from her committee assignments within 72 hours or Democrats — who currently have the majority in the House of Representatives — will act. As for the mechanism that Democrats would pursue in order to actually remove Greene from her committees roles, over the weekend top Democrats “discussed a straightforward motion that would go through the House Rules Committee,” according to POLITICO, which would be separate from a new resolution Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) that would also remove Greene from spots on committees.
Currently, Greene’s committee assignments include spots on the House Education and Budget Committees, and although some of Greene’s past behavior only recently publicly resurfaced, the broader pattern of her actions has long been clear. Before her election to Congress, she even expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, delusionally insisting at one point that she’s “very excited about that now there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out.” Such a cabal, of course, does not exist.
At the time of the revelation of House Democrats’ plans for a so-called ultimatum, McCarthy was planning to speak with Greene about the issues. According to POLITICO, “Whether he decides to discipline Greene will depend on how their sit-down conversation goes later this week,” according to allies of the top House Republican. Back in 2019, McCarthy also had a personal meeting with then-Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) after the since-defeated Republican spoke in support of the phrase “white nationalism.” After their meeting, during which King didn’t meaningfully back down from his remarks, McCarthy removed King from his committee assignments — but such a step of basic accountability should not be so difficult to get out of Republicans!