Resolution Introduced to Expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress
WASHINGTON — Prior to her November 2020 election victory to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., repeatedly indicated support for political violence against prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019.
Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., introduced a resolution on Friday that would expel Greene from the House of Representatives. Seventy-two House Democrats have signed on to cosponsor the resolution so far.
In Facebook posts discovered in a CNN KFile review, Greene liked comments that called for the execution of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former President Barack Obama and FBI agents involved in a fictitious deep-state cabal against former President Donald Trump.
In a post from April 2018, Greene wrote about the Iran nuclear deal brokered under Obama. When a commenter asked Greene “Now do we get to hang them ?? (sic)” in reference to Obama and Pelsoi, Greene responded with “Stage is being set (sic). Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”
Greene’s Facebook profile can be seen liking a comment from another post in January 2019 stating “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove Pelosi from office.
“I believe some of my Republican colleagues – and one in particular – wish harm upon this legislative body,” Gomez said in remarks on the House floor Friday. “I’m not saying this for shock value. It’s the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the speaker, and our government. It’s what I believed after this chamber was turned into a crime scene just 10 weeks ago.”
Gomez continued, “It’s how many of us felt sheltering in this room as the Capitol was breached. Some members called their loved ones to say goodbye. Others prayed to their God. And I asked myself if this would be the day our democracy died. I take no joy in introducing this resolution, but any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled. And I’ll do everything in my power to protect our democracy and keep all my colleagues safe.”
Families and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., had previously called for Greene’s resignation after comments surfaced from 2018 in which she agreed the tragedy was a “false flag” operation.
After members of the media reached out to Greene to comment on her past social media activity, Greene posted a statement from her Twitter account in which did not deny that she liked the posts and comments in question, but instead claimed that her Facebook page has been operated by numerous people over the years.
“Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages. Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views. Especially the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet,” Greene said in a written statement.
Twitter has since temporarily suspended Greene’s account. Greene had previously been suspended by the social media platform for spreading misinformation in January.
The House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments in February with all Democrats and 11 Republicans supporting the resolution, TWN previously reported. Prior to the vote, Greene said she regretted some of her past activity.
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene said.
Greene’s tendency to promote baseless conspiracy theories was documented in advance of her election to Congress. Even Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, denounced Greene’s embrace of the theories as “loony lies” and a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Gomez said in a written statement. “(Greene’s) very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government, and it is with their safety in mind, as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country, that I call on my House colleagues to support my resolution to immediately remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from this legislative body.”
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