Marjorie Taylor Greene will learn her fate Thursday as Democrats force a floor vote on removing her from both her committee assignments after Republicans refused to take action from within the Party – instead appearing to further embrace the representative.
At one point during a five-hour GOP conference meeting on Wednesday, Republicans gave Greene a standing ovation after she finally disavowed many of her previous beliefs, especially QAnon conspiracies she espoused.
‘We just had a very good conference meeting together but the number one thing that happened in the conference was unity,’ House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters when the caucus finally ended their marathon meeting.
‘People were able to air their differences, people are able to focus,’ he said. ‘The most important part that came out of this conference was where our focus is at.’
After speaking Wednesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced he would move forward with bringing a vote to the floor on removing Greene from the Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee.
McCarthy proposed to Hoyer during their call that the GOP act from within to proactively remove Greene from the Education and Labor Committee only – or even reassign her to different committees – but the Democratic leader didn’t accept the offer.
Marjorie Taylor Greene will learn her fate Thursday as Democrats bring a floor vote on removing her from her posts on the Labor and Education Committee and Budget Committee
After a marathon five-hour Republican conference meeting Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Greene disavowed her previous alignment with QAnon
Greene, according to a person in the room, during the meeting shared a story of a dark period in her life where she turned to QAnon. At one point, Republicans gave her a standing ovation after she said she no longer aligns herself with those beliefs
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (left) did not take McCarthy’s proposal to remove Greene from just one of her committees, instead saying Democrats would move forward with a vote on removal – forcing Republicans to go on-record regarding the controversial representative
The California Republican suggested keeping Greene on the Budget Committee but then assigning her to the Small Business Committee, since she is a small business owner, in place of her post on Education and Labor.
‘She’s a small business owner. So we’d say Budget and Small Business, I was more than willing to do that,’ McCarthy said in airing his willingness to compromise with Democrats. ‘The conference was willing to do that and Steny Hoyer and the Democrats said no.’
After talks between the parties dissolved Wednesday, McCarthy went all-in on his member.
‘Never before in the history of Congress have we allowed the other party to dictate our committees,’ McCarthy said regarding Democrats vow to remove Greene if Republicans refused to. ‘If they come after her, they’ll come after someone else next.’
Now talks on Capitol Hill indicate McCarthy may have successfully rallied the caucus as some Republicans who may have voted with Democrats to remove Greene in the Thursday vote are reconsidering.
A person in the room during the conference meeting Wednesday told Politico Greene appealed to her colleagues, telling a story about a dark period of her life where she turned to QAnon.
But the Georgia congresswoman says she no longer subscribes to these beliefs, walking back on her suggestions that school shootings and a plane hitting the Pentagon on 9/11 were ‘hoaxes’.
After she opened up, Representative Tom Reed – a leader among moderate Republicans – thanked her for sharing her story and indicated he would give her a chance to serve without judgement of her past.
Greene also apologized during the meeting for her past comments and social media posts affecting her Reublican colleagues.
The controversial freshman representative, however, has still not apologized to Democrats for backing calls for violence against them.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at McCarthy in a statement Wednesday afternoon, claiming he and the GOP had fully embraced QAnon.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) released a statement Wednesday lashing out at McCarthy for allowing the GOP to become the ‘Party of QAnon’
In her statement, Pelosi identified McCarthy with a ‘Q’ next to his name rather than an ‘R’ for Republican
TAYLOR GREENE’S BIZARRE CLAIMS
- The California Camp Fire which killed at least 85 was caused by a space laser linked to the Rothschilds and the state’s high-speed rail. PG&E admitted it was caused by a faulty power line and went into bankruptcy to fund a $13.5bn settlement and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
- Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin cut off a child’s face while she was alive, Clinton wore it as a mask so the terrified child would produce ‘adrenachrome’ and then organized the killing of a cop who knew about it.
- The Las Vegas massacre was organized by Democrats to help them ban guns and shooter Stephen Paddock was not a lone wolf.
- There’s no evidence of a plane hitting the Pentagon on 9/11.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre which cost the lives of 17 students was a ‘false flag planned shooting.’
- ‘I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.’
- Seth Rich leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails and was murdered in revenge by her aide John Podesta because the emails revealed that a D.C. pizza restaurant had a child-smuggling operation in its basement. It does not even have a basement.
- The world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and the Q in QAnon exists and is the ‘best chance to take them out.’
- Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett are Muslims.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced by a body double.
- She wasn’t the person who posted a call to assassinate Nancy Pelosi to her own Facebook page.
Pelosi, whom Greene had supported calls for her execution before being elected to Congress, put a ‘Q’ next to McCarthy’s name in place of the usual ‘R’ to indicate he is a Republican.
‘As No 2. Senate Republican John Thune warned Tuesday, McCarthy has chosen to make House Republicans ‘the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon’ and Rep. Greene is in the driver’s seat,’ Pelosi wrote in her statement.
When McCarthy was asked after the five-hour conference meeting Wednesday why he decided not to take action against Greene from within the Party, he defended himself, claiming Democrats were to blame for not taking the deal and instead trying to dictate how the GOP’s inner workings are handled.
‘We were willing to remove her from Ed[ucation] and Labor, and when Steny Hoyer had called me, he said that was the complaint they had going,’ McCarthy said.
The argument from removing Greene from just that committee stems from her espousing the conspiracy that Parkland and Sandy Hook shootings were a ‘hoax’ and in some way ‘pre-staged.’
‘I want to be very clear,’ McCarthy continued, ‘we denounce anything that we’ve seen that was said in that past from anything. QAnon has no place in our party and Marjorie Greene actually said that inside our conference today, she said it before but she said from the shootings and everywhere else.’
Republicans were doing all they could to avoid forcing a floor vote so they wouldn’t have to go on record regarding Greene – a move McCarthy fears could further the widening chasm in the embattled GOP.
McCarthy targeted Democrats Wednesday for not holding their own caucus members to the same standards as Republicans.
‘They’re going to judge her on things that were said that she has now denounced before she was ever a member of Congress,’ McCarthy told reporters on Capitol Hill of House Democrats jump to judge and take action against Greene. ‘I just wonder if they take that same standard. Are they gonna leave [Eric] Swalwell on Homeland Security, and on Intel[ligence]. You know, the Speaker has that appointment. She and I were both down in the SCIF (Sensitive compartmented information facility) and we heard what the FBI report was. No way would I ever leave him on Intel nor Homeland. I’d question whether he should be a member of Congress.’
‘I wonder if they put the same standard to someone else,’ McCarthy continued. ‘Never in the history of congress have people been deciding where other parties are putting people on committees.’
Besides attacking Swalwell, who reportedly was in bed with a Chinese spy, McCarthy also questioned if Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar would face backlash for espousing some of the same conspiracies and comments as Greene.
Omar, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, has made anti-Semtiic tropes, similarly to Greene, and questioned the severity of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying ‘some people did something.’
Greene started a fundraising campaign off of Democrats’ attacks against her, and raised more than $175,000 on Wednesday
She praised the effort on Twitter, claiming: ‘The People have my back. And I will always have yours’
‘While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants,’ McCarthy said in a statement released Wednesday.
Questions over Greene’s sincerity in walking back on past beliefs are circulating, especially after she started fundraising off Democrats’ attacks against her.
‘UNREAL! $175,000!!’ Greene tweeted Wednesday after a slew of posts linking to a page to donate to her campaign fund. ‘Thank you to every single America First Patriot who donated to protect my Congressional seat from the Democrat mob.’
‘They are attacking me because I’m one of you,’ she continued. ‘We will not back down. We will never give up!’
In another Twitter post she wrote: ‘Thank you to the 13,000 America First Patriots who have sent a message to the radical Democrat mob in the last 48 hours by donating to defend my seat in Congress.’
‘The People have my back. And I will always have yours.’