Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene woke up in a fighting mood, calling fellow Republicans who voted to strip away her committee assignments ‘morons’ and embracing her reduced stature as liberating.
‘I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,’ she wrote, just hours after taking to the House floor to disavow QAnon conspiracy theory beliefs she said she gave up in 2018.
‘In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway. Oh this is going to be fun!’ she wrote, shortly before 8 am on Twitter.
Republican Representative from Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene (C) walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 04 February 2021. She said it would be ‘fun’ being kicked off committees, and called those who voted against her ‘morons’
Greene’s new posture came after earlier indicating she planned to fight to try to get her assignments back, after the Democratic-run House voted 230-199 to take away her Education & Labor and Budget Committee assignments.
It had echoes of the way President Trump tried to ridicule his political opponents before he got kicked off Twitter following the Jan. 6. MAGA riot.
On Thursday night, Greene retweeted a post from Andy Biggs, a Republican congressman from Arizona, telling his colleagues ‘not to give in to the Left’s lawless authoritarianism.’
‘Time for Republicans to do what’s right and correct this unprecedented wrong. Put Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene back on her committees,’ Biggs wrote.
One House Democrat, Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California said the punishment was not enough, and is pushing to have her expelled from the House. He also said he would support a resolution to censure her, although he wrote in an op-ed that would be insufficient.
Greene said she gave up on her QAnon beliefs in 2018 and that Sept. 11th ‘happened’
Congressman Jimmy Gomez of California says Greene should be expelled from the House
The House voted 230 to 199 to strip her committee assignments
‘If you look at her behavior and comments — in the context of what had been going on in the country before Nov. 3, then after the elections, and finally during and after the insurrection that occurred on Jan. 6 — removing her from the committees is not enough, he wrote in an op-ed for NBC. It’s a great first step, because somebody who peddles in lies and conspiracy theories should not have a platform to try to influence the education policy of the United States. But it’s not enough.
‘She participated in inciting the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol to overturn the results of a free and fair election, which is the cornerstone of our democracy,’ he continued.
‘Censuring her does not send a strong enough message to the country about how seriously the House of Representatives takes individuals who peddle in lies, who use the language of political violence and who try to incite violence in order to get their way in either electoral politics or in the legislative process,’ he said of a method that has been used to rebuke lawmakers for campaign finance violations and language unbecoming of the House.
‘And even after facing the possibility of punishment by the House, she hasn’t apologized: instead, she blamed the backlash to her dangerous statements on cancel culture, simply affirmed the fact that 9/11 happened, that school shootings aren’t all fake and said that, when it came to her embrace of the cult-like QAnon conspiracy theory, she had been “allowed to believe things that weren’t true.’
She also continued to fundraise of the controversy, he noted. She will continue to be able to try to build her profile, while no longer having to put in committee work.
Democrats, and 11 Republicans, voted Thursday to remove Greene from both her committee assignments for espousing QAnon conspiracies before being elected to Congress – including supporting calls online for Nancy Pelosi’s execution.
The 230-199 vote created the simple majority needed for Greene to get booted from her posts on the Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee.
Ahead of the vote Thursday, Greene dramatically abandoned her QAnon conspiracy theories in a speech to the House of Representatives.
The Georgia Republican said ‘9/11 absolutely happened,’ and that ‘school shootings are real,’ disclaiming two of the bizarre claims which had made her the focus for opprobrium from Democrats and condemnation from her GOP colleagues.
‘I also want to tell you 9/11 absolutely happened. I remember that day crying all day long watching it on the news. It’s a tragedy for anyone to say it didn’t happen,’ Greene told the House
‘Later in 2018 when I started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts, I stopped believing it,’ Greene said during her floor remarks. ‘So I walked away from those things ‘
‘Cancel culture is a real thing. It is very real. And when big tech companies like Twitter, you can scroll through and see where someone may have retweeted porn, this is a problem.’