Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, said she won’t retaliate against Marjorie Taylor Greene for pushing QAnon conspiracies, a Monday report revealed, as she claims the top GOP entity will ‘stay neutral’ as the 2022 primary campaign ensues.
‘Majorie Taylor Greene is trying to distance herself from those things and there’s going to be an investigation,’ McDaniel said of the freshman Georgia Republican representative.
‘I trust the voters,’ she told The New York Times in an interview Friday. ‘I have a lot of faith in the voters to pick who’s best to represent them.’
McDaniel, the cousin of Senator Mitt Romney, said the RNC would step in if ‘there’s more egregious things,’ like ‘if there’s a David Duke situation.’
She also said she trusts House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to ‘handle’ Greene as calls step up for her to resign or, at the very least, be removed from the House Education and Labor Committee.
‘She has said they’re not from her,’ McDaniel said of the QAnon conspiracies Greene subscribes to, like that the government is run by a left-leaning, devil-worshiping cabal of pedophiles and sex traffickers.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says the GOP will not retaliate against Marjorie Taylor Greene and will ‘remain neutral’ going into the 2022 primaries
McDaniel said that Rep. Greene is ‘trying to distance herself’ from QAnon conspiracies she pushed in the past
McDaniel says she trusts House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured last week meeting with former President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago) to ‘handle’ Greene as calls step up for her to resign or, at the very least, be removed from the House Education and Labor Committee
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.
‘There does need to be an investigation, and I trust that Kevin McCarthy will handle that within his own caucus,’ she added.
People familiar with McCarthy’s thinking told the Times that he felt crippled by the circumstances surrounding Greene and has expressed that the only way to deal with her is to tolerate her.
Republicans are split over what to do with Greene – who has quickly become arguably the most controversial figure within the Party, possibly tied with former President Donald Trump.
Despite her known beliefs in QAnon conspiracy theories, reports last week revealed her ties are deeper than previously known. A slew of past social media posts and interactions revealed she questions the reality of the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, calling them a ‘hoax,’ among other outlandish conspiracies.
The latest revelations have caused many Republicans to join Democrats in calling for her resignation, while others have come to her defense.
‘If you have a family dispute, don’t go on ‘Jerry Springer,’ McDaniel said. ‘Do it behind closed doors.’
‘It’s my role to call them and explain that if we don’t keep our party united and focused on 2022, we will lose. If we are attacking fellow Republicans and cancel culture within our own party, it is not helpful to winning majorities,’ she told The Times.
McDaniel, however, did condemn the QAnon conspiracies pushed by Greene by calling the comments ‘atrocious.’
She said ‘they need to be condemned,’ adding: ‘They are inaccurate. They are very, very dangerous.’
McDaniel said the RNC would remain neutral in the Republican primaries, including in Greene’s reelection in 2022 – as long as no extreme behavior emerges.
Republicans are torn on how to handle the controversy surrounding Greene, a Trump ally and defender.
GOP Senator Rob Portman demanded his colleagues issue a ‘strong response’ to Greene.
‘I think Republican leaders ought to stand up and say it is totally unacceptable what she has said,’ the Ohio senator told CNN on Sunday morning.
‘I saw a couple videos over the weekend and one had to do with violence as I see it. There is no place for violence in our political dialogue,’ Portman continued. ‘By the way there is no place for violence in our country. I mean, this is something we got to get away from. So yeah. I think people ought to speak out clearly.’
Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio (left) said Sunday that his colleagues should ‘stand up’ against Greene, while he and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) said they trust and respect voters in Georgia’s 14th congressional district to election someone to Congress that represents them
Portman, however, along with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, also a Republican, said Sunday that voters in Georgia’s 14th district should be respected and trusted to elect someone to Congress who represents their values.
‘The people of her district elected her and that should mean a lot,’ Hutchinson told ABC Sunday, adding that Greene’s constituents would decide if she should serve another term or not.
‘She’s going to run for reelection and she’ll be accountable for what she said and her actions.’
‘Given her history is she fit to serve?’ ABC host Martha Raddatz pushed Hutchinson.
‘I’m not going to answer that question as to whether she’s fit to serve because she believes in something that everybody else does not accept,’ the Arkansas governor dodged.
‘I don’t think we ought to punish people from a disciplinary standpoint – a Party standpoint – because they believe something a little bit different.’
Before being elected to Congress, Greene expressed some extreme and dangerous views, like supporting the calls for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among other prominent Democrats, to be executed.
Many lifelong Republicans feel there is no place for this more radical version of Republicanism in the modern-day Party.
Greene appears to be creating a place for herself in the Party, however, as she took to Twitter Saturday to defend McCarthy against the conservative anti-Trump political action committee The Lincoln Project.
The PAC called McCarthy a traitor after pictures emerged last week of him meeting with Trump while in Southern Florida for donor meetings.
‘The Lincoln Project are the REAL traitors! You aren’t Republicans. You are nothing but a bunch of America last losers,’ Greene lashed out in a Twitter tirade.
‘You wallow in the same pit with the bloodthirsty media and the socialist democrats. [McCarthy] is fighting for America First. The LP is Biden’s little tool,’ she continued.
Democratic Representative Cori Bush, also a freshman, announced last week she was moving her congressional office to get away from ‘white supremacist’ Greene after she ‘berated’ her in the Capitol.
Greene has refused to quit saying it was Bush who ‘berated’ her and that Democrats hate her only because she’s ‘a threat to their goal of Socialism.’
Some other unfounded conspiracy theories pushed by Greene include claiming the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced by a body double, the 2017 Las Vegas massacre that left 58 dead was organized by Democrats and that there is no evidence a hijacked plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11.