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More Republicans sign up for tit-for-tat move to remove Ilhan Omar from House committees

A group of House Republicans is seeking to fend off the push to expel QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from committees by moving to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar off her own committee assignments.

The move comes as the Republican Conference is being split apart by calls to yank Green’s committee assignments over her statements in support of bizarre conspiracy theories and online postings about the assassination of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

That came Wednesday on an extraordinary day when the GOP conference was also torn over whether to punish Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney over her vote to impeach former President Trump.

Republican lawmakers are pushing to strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), center, from her committee seats in a move to counter the move against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Notably, Omar apologized for a 2019 comment many colleagues blasted as antisemitic

With that backdrop, the move against Omar serves to both change the subject and demonstrate where precedent mike take Congress should Republicans regain control and start to single out Democratic lawmakers for punishment. 

Each party caucus traditionally handles punishment of their own members, as when Iowa Rep. Steve King lost his committee assignments over comments about white supremacy. 

The GOP’s action on Marjorie Taylor Greene is taking place under a threat by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland to bring up a House floor vote Thursday if Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy fails to act.

McCarthy met privately with Greene Tuesday night, and reportedly sought to persuade the first-term lawmaker to apologize for her comments, but she refused.  

GOP Reps. Brian Babin of Texas, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Jody Hice of Georgia, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Ronny Jackson of Texas are behind the effort. The group members themselves pushed baseless theories about election fraud, and there are moves to try to expel Biggs for his alleged role planning the ‘stop the steal’ rally that preceded the Capitol riot. 

Biggs promoted the move on Fox News, which has played up the effort. 

Taylor Greene has floated conspiracy theories about 9/11 and has made racist and anti-Semitic statements

Taylor Greene has floated conspiracy theories about 9/11 and has made racist and anti-Semitic statements

‘We’re talking about statements that were made before she was even ever a candidate to Congress,’ he said of Greene. ‘That, I think has some bearing here .. On the other hand you have statements from Ilhan Omar, actually from Nancy Pelosi, or Maxine Waters, Representative Pressley, a whole plethora of folks, that while they’re sitting here made offensive or dangerous statements as well,’ he said. 

He was referring to the House speaker, senior black caucus member and finance chair Waters, fellow ‘squad’ member Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

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. 

 

‘Look, if it’s good for the goose it’s good for the gander. Maybe what should happen is you let Republicans take care of our own and you Democrats take care of your own,’ he said.

Omar has made a series of controversial comments since joining Congress, although notably after her infamous ‘it’s all about the Benjamins baby’ comment that many colleagues in both parties called out as antisemitic, she apologized. 

Omar, a longtime critic of Israel, received bipartisan criticism in 2019 when she suggested that pro-Israel politicians were being paid by the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby. 

She had been responding to a McCarthy statement on punishing her for statements critical of Israel. She sits on the Foreign Affairs panel. 

She tweeted after the uproard: ‘Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.’ She added: ‘My intention I never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.’

Greene has been defiant as her own past comments have been brought up. 

Greene said Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg was trained ‘like a dog,’ in a clip that surfaced Tuesday as Democrats are poised to remove her from committee assignments over controversial statements. 

 Greene has expressed beliefs in a number of conspiracy theories, including QAnon, that a plane didn’t hit the Pentagon on 9/11 and that California’s Camp Fire was caused by space lasers, which she connected to the Rothschilds in an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

Pelosi’s biggest complaint was that the congresswoman expressed doubt that Parkland and Sandy Hook actually happened – statements that took on greater import after GOP leaders put her on the House Education & Labor Committee.

Greene has also also ‘liked’ a Facebook comment in 2019 that said ‘a bullet to the head would be quicker’ in reference to Pelosi, as CNN reported. 

‘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,’ she said. 

She called Pelosi ‘a traitor to our country’ in a video, noting it was ‘a crime punishable by death.’ Pelosi last week spoke about an ‘enemy within’ as she defended a requirement that lawmakers go through a magnetometer before going on the House floor.




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