The Civil War in the Republican Party deepened on Wednesday after QAnon believer and staunch Trump supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene was enthusiastically embraced by her colleagues in the House, and their leader urged them to support Trump critic Liz Cheney.
Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, held a private meeting of his caucus on Wednesday night to allow them to air their grievances.
Calls for both Greene and Cheney to be punished were top of the agenda: Greene, a newly-elected alt-right figure, for her conspiracy theories on social media, and Cheney, an establishment figure, for voting to impeach Trump.
Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday (pictured) received a standing ovation from colleagues
Liz Cheney, pictured on Wednesday heading to the House floor, survived a censure vote
Kevin McCarthy, leader of the House Republicans, defended his handling of the drama
McCarthy succeeded in protecting Cheney, but he did not secure a public apology from Greene.
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.
Adding to McCarthy’s awkward position, Greene was given a standing ovation by dozens of House Republicans after refusing to apologize for her conspiracy theories – and escaped any censure from the party’s leadership as she openly mocked them.
About half the Republican caucus got to their feet, as she spoke briefly at the private meeting, to applaud her.
Cheney, meanwhile, managed to cling on to her role as House Republican Conference chair, making her the third ranking member of her party.
She earlier on Wednesday defended her vote to impeach Trump – one of 10 to vote on January 13 against the then-president.
Cheney delivered an eight-minute speech near the beginning of the meeting, two people in the room said, offering what was described as a calm yet firm defense of the Constitution.
Her vote put her political future in peril: she is already facing a primary challenge in her state of Wyoming for 2022, and Trump supporting congressman Matt Gaetz, scenting blood, traveled to Wyoming last week to rally for her removal.
Yet in a secret ballot on whether to oust her, Cheney prevailed by a wide margin.
The vote was 145 to keep her in her position, and 61 to remove her, plus one member who voted present, according to several people in the room who spoke to CNN.
The vote to keep Cheney, and Greene’s endorsement from her colleagues, came at the end of a wild day for McCarthy’s fractious caucus.
McCarthy demanded Greene say sorry for a string of bizarre claims, and Greene responded that he was ‘all talk and no action’ and called Mitch McConnell ‘Mr Big Turtle.’
McCarthy spent hours in talks on Tuesday night with Greene.
McCarthy gave Greene a blunt offer during their discussion on Tuesday, a person familiar with their talks told Politico: apologize or resign from at least one of her committee roles voluntarily – or Republicans would get rid of her themselves.
The California Republican told Greene she could denounce QAnon and apologize for pushing conspiracy theories and calling for violence against Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or she could voluntarily step down from the House Education and Labor Committee.
If she did not or else face removal from her GOP House colleagues, he told her.
Calls for Republicans to punish Greene emerged after it was revealed she pushed QAnon conspiracies and backed calls for violence against Democratic lawmakers before she was elected to Congress
But Greene refused to take the deal on offer – then spent Wednesday morning tweeting defiantly that McCarthy was bowing to Democrats who she accused of cheering on ‘thugs who riot, burn, loot, attack police, murder, & occupy federal property.’
McCarthy declined to remove her committee positions, and instead tried to see off a civil war in his own caucus over Greene by declaring war on Democrats, for their attempts to remove her.
McCarthy acknowledged that the Georgia rep had peddled false claims on ‘school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’ but said that she had acknowledged that her words as a member of Congress had ‘greater meaning’ and that he would ‘hold her to her word.’
But Greene public offered no apology or commitment to give up her claims – which McConnell called ‘loony’ and ‘cancer’ to the Republican Party.
Instead she instead tweeted defiantly about the donations she was receiving, told the Washington Examiner that McCarthy was ‘all talk and no action,’ called McConnell ‘Mr. Turtle’ and told a podcast that when she denied a plane had hit the Pentagon on 9/11, she was ‘just asking questions.’
Democrats had demanded that Republicans remove Greene from her assignments to two powerful committees – the Education and Labor Committee, and the Budget Committee – for her bizarre conspiracy claims and calls for violence against their leaders.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured second from right with other congressional leadership) released a statement Wednesday lashing out at Democrats for moving forward with attempting to remove Majorie Taylor Greene from her Committee assignments
McCarthy offered a compromise to move her off both committees and put her on the Small Business Committee, on the basis that she owns a gym – an offer which Democratic number two Steny Hoyer turned down on Wednesday at lunchtime.
Calls for Republicans to punish Greene emerged after it was revealed she pushed QAnon conspiracies and backed calls for violence against Democratic lawmakers before she was elected to Congress-
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded with her own statement which referred to McCarthy as Q-CA, instead of R-CA.
Pelosi said: ‘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.
In her statement, Pelosi identified McCarthy with a ‘Q’ next to his name rather than an ‘R’ for Republican
McCarthy also released a statement, where he said Democrats should look within their own Party at lawmakers on committees that conflict with their words and actions, like Rep. Ilhan Omar sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee despite outwardly anti-Semitic tropes and comments
‘After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
‘As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget.
‘McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther.’
Greene herself showed no signs of being cowed by McCarthy saying he ‘unequivocally condemned’ her claims.
Instead she attended the meeting of the House Republican conference and delivered a short speech.
CNN reported that she told the almost 200 Republicans present that the social media posts which have put her at the center of a storm did ‘not reflect’ who she was ‘as a person,’ offered no apology – and was applauded.
Greene earlier gave an interview to the Washington Examiner letting loose on McCarthy and Republican leaders and swearing fealty to Trump.
‘Kevin McCarthy and all these leaders, the leadership, and everyone is proving that they are all talk and not about action, and they’re just all about doing business as usual in Washington. And so, what’s the difference between them and the Democrats?’ she said.
‘The Republicans have been promising a lot of things for a long time, and they haven’t delivered.
‘And, you know, we’re at $28 trillion in debt. Now, we have Joe Biden in the White House and Nancy Pelosi at 80 million years old as speaker, and we’ve got a Senate that we don’t control anymore, with, you know, Mr. Big Turtle in charge up there just just losing gracefully, losing gracefully.’
She also suggested she would welcome being thrown off committees and use it as a chance to push the party ‘to the right.’
Democrats could vote as early as Thursday on removing Greene from both her committee positions in a blow to McCarthy’s attempt to keep the issue off the House floor.