Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) issued a statement condemning GOP cowardice on Wednesday after a group of Republicans prepared an attempt to remove her from her committee spots in Congress. The Republicans behind the effort, including Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Ronny Jackson (Texas), and others, formulated a proposed amendment to a measure that as it presently stands would remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), an incendiary first-term Congresswoman, from House committees. Among other travesties, Greene has repeatedly expressed apparent support for executing prominent Democrats. Suggesting that there’s any correlation between Omar’s public remarks and those from Greene is utterly ridiculous.
Omar commented as follows, discussing the effort to remove her from House committee assignments:
‘Let’s be clear: this is a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene has incited violence against her fellow Members of Congress, repeatedly singling out prominent women of color. She actively encouraged the insurrection on the Capitol that threatened my life and the life of every Member of Congress, and resulted in multiple deaths. She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face. She came to the Capitol demanding that me and Rep. Tlaib swear in on the Christian bible instead of the Quran. The House Republican Caucus, instead of holding her accountable, is now fanning the flames. Republicans will do anything to distract from the fact that they have not only allowed but elevated members of their own caucus who encourage violence. It’s time to stop whitewashing the actions of the violent conspiracy theorists, who pose a direct and immediate threat to their fellow Members of Congress and our most fundamental democratic processes.’
My statement on Republican efforts to whitewash Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incitement of violence. pic.twitter.com/4igQmZf7AX
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 3, 2021
The Republican measure to remove Omar from committees is unlikely to get anywhere, considering the current Democratic majority in the House. After a Wednesday House Rules Committee hearing about the measure to remove Greene from her committee spots, the full House is slated to vote on the effort on Thursday. Removing Greene from her committee spots would help keep her dangerous rhetoric out of critical policymaking forums.
Going forward, House leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seem intent on refusing to let GOP’ers enable Greene without criticism. Greene has previously expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, which insists that top Democrats are secretly cannibals and Satan-worshipers. Instead of penalizing Greene for her remarks that were already known, House Republicans elevated her. On Wednesday, Pelosi’s office issued a statement in which they referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as “McCarthy (Q-CA),” replacing the identifier of the Republican Party with the identifier of QAnon.
Wow. Pelosi's office has pretty much had it with "Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA)." pic.twitter.com/o4y23kPAAP
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 3, 2021