Legislators and activists are calling for elimination from Congress
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), wearing a mask that reads “Trump won,” speaks to a colleague on the opening day of the 117th Congress on the opening day of the 117th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 3. 2021.
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Lawmakers and activists are calling for newcomer GOP Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to be removed from the House Education Committee and from Congress.
Recently, videos and social media activity from 2018 and 2019 have resurfaced depicting Greene harassing a Parkland, Florida survivor in school shootings-right-wing conspiracy theories.
“It is absolutely appalling, and I think the focus must be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives if they disregard the deaths of these children,” House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said at a weekly news conference Thursday.
Democratic MP Jahana Hayes distributed a letter Thursday urging the Republican leadership of the House to remove Greene from her appointment on the House Committee on Education and Labor. Hayes represents Connecticut’s 5th district, including Newtown, where the 2012 deadly mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place.
California Democratic MP Jimmy Gomez announced Thursday that he would introduce a resolution to expel Greene from Congress, which would require a two-thirds majority to pass.
House Ethics Committee chairman Ted Deutch also expressed support for Greene’s removal from Congress. Parkland belongs to the Florida district of the Democrat, where the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place in 2018.
The Georgia chapter of the youth-led gun safety organization March For Our Lives held a demonstration outside Greene’s office in Rome, Georgia, Friday morning. The group organized the event in response to a resurfaced video of Greene panting David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland shootout and co-founder of March For Our Lives, in 2019.
Activists called for the immediate resignation or expulsion of the congressmen. A petition calling for Greene’s resignation by March For Our Lives received more than 100,000 signatures in 24 hours.
“We’re tired of them shaming our region,” said Omar Rodriguez, organizer of the Northwest Georgia Justice Coalition and voter in Greene’s district, at the demonstration. “Greene is not one of us.”
Gun violence prevention groups Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action also called for Greene to step down.
The Republican Jewish Coalition released a statement Friday that the group “never endorsed or supported Marjorie Taylor Greene. We are offended and appalled by her comments and actions.”
“It is way outside of the mainstream Republican Party and the RJC is working closely with the Republican leadership of the House on the next steps in this matter,” the group said.
A spokesman for Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that Greene’s comments were “deeply troubling” and “Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with Congressman about it.”
In a Thursday interview on CNN, Hogg had a message to McCarthy: “If you say this is not your party, actually call them out and hold them accountable because Republicans always pretend they are the party of decency and respect. “
“But would the Party of Decency and Respect ask whether or not school shootings took place? Would they harass the survivors of those shootings for having different opinions than they did?” Asked Hogg.
Greene’s office did not respond to CNBC’s requests for comment. The Congresswoman released a defiant statement on Friday in response to mounting criticism and tried to draw attention to next year’s midterm elections.
Rep. Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat, said Friday she was moving her office from Greene after the Georgia Congresswoman “cursed” her.
Regarding the deadly January 6 uprising in the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, Bush noted that she had “called for the expulsion of members who instigated the uprising from day one.” Greene supported efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential win and was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against the election results after the Capitol attack.
A news crew from NBC subsidiary WRCB was reportedly removed from an event at City Hall on Wednesday and threatened with arrest after trying to ask Greene a question.
Ahead of her November 2020 election, Greene fueled the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose supporters believe a cabal of satanic, pedophile Democrats and other institutional figures control the government and intend to undermine former President Trump.
Prominent QAnon supporters were among the pro-Trump extremists who stormed the Capitol during the uprising that killed five people.
The new lawmaker began her Congressional candidacy in the 6th district of Georgia and then decided to run in the 14th district when incumbent Tom Graves announced that he would not seek re-election. Her Democratic opponent was eliminated and Greene won her seat in the Northern Georgia district by almost 50 percentage points.