A candidate for the GOP congressional ticket in Georgia could be the first open QAnon supporter in Congress.
WASHINGTON – Democrats denounced Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and at least one lawmaker called for her resignation, after past remarks surfaced appearing to show the Georgia Republican endorsing the execution of prominent Democrats and a video where she heckled a teen who survived a mass shooting.
The outcry came after CNN published an in-depth look at Greene’s Facebook before she ran for office, finding she “liked” a comment in January 2019 that said Pelosi should be taken out with a “bullet to the head.” In a video around that time, Greene said Pelosi was “a traitor to our country, she’s guilty of treason,” saying it was “a crime punishable by death.”
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., called for her resignation Tuesday, writing to Greene on Twitter, “Your conduct does not reflect creditably on the House, and you should resign.” Beyer continued his criticisms Wednesday when it was announced Greene was placed on the House Education and Labor committee, which has jurisdiction over schooling issues in the country.
“They don’t have to give Greene any committee assignments, much less a slot on a desired committee like this one,” he wrote on Twitter. “House Republican leaders are accepting Greene’s violent rhetoric and ignorant devotion to conspiracy theories. The QAnon Caucus is welcome in the House GOP.”
Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., who serves on the Education and Labor Committee, told CNN that Greene should be removed from the panel, saying the GOP needed to quickly “right this wrong.”
“The GOP conference committed an offensive error in placing her on the committee,” Stevens said. “I respectfully ask the GOP conference to withdraw her appointment to the Education and Labor committee as her appointment does not represent the deep care and concern that all Members of Congress should show towards American children.”
Democrats, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said Greene did not belong in the House of Representatives.
“This woman should be on a watch list. Not in Congress,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.
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Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, told Axios that Greene’s comments were “deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”
Greene, who has been a congresswoman for about three weeks, has not apologized for the remarks. But in a statement on Twitter, she said others helped manage her account over the years.
“Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views,” she wrote.
She also called CNN’s report “fake news” and insisted that the media was trying to cancel her over her views.
In a Facebook post from April 2018, Greene responded to a post from a person who asked if former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could be hung, CNN reported. Greene replied by saying the “stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off,” CNN reported.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said QAnon conspiracy believers like him and “love our country,” seeming to back the conspiracy group. (Aug. 19)
The CNN report was followed by a video shared online appearing to show Greene following a teen who survived a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and peppering him with questions about the attack and gun rights.
In the video, Greene follows David Hogg, who became a prominent leader for gun control after the attack at his high school in 2018 that took 17 lives, for a block or two in downtown Washington, D.C. and asks him why he’s trying to “take away my 2nd Amendment rights.”
“How did you get major press coverage on this issue?” Greene asks on the video. “And how did you get kids? Why do you use kids? Why kids?”
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., responded to the video saying he “can’t believe this person is my colleague on the EDUCATION & Labor Committee.”
Greene had been the center of controversy in Republican ranks even before joining Congress over her past remarks and support for the QAnon conspiracy fringe moment, which baselessly claims a “deep-state” cabal of pedophiles was trying to bring down former President Donald Trump.
Some of her previous remarks, including disparaging comments on minorities and a suggestion that Muslim members of Congress were part of an “Islamic invasion of our government,” came out during her campaign and were reported by Politico. But the concerns, including from fellow Republicans, were ultimately brushed aside with leaders, including Trump, embracing Greene and donating to her campaign.
She has continued to face backlash since joining the House due to her role in propping up conspiracies relating to the election.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Wednesday whether the administration has an opinion on whether Greene should face discipline.
“We don’t,” Psaki said. “And I’m not going to speak further about her in this briefing room.”
Congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene wins a Republican primary in Georgia. Greene is a supporter of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory who’s been criticized for racist comments. (Aug. 12)
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