House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed
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The House voted to remove Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments due to some questionable posts on social media before her time in office. Greene held a press conference Friday morning about the removal.
“None of us are perfect and when we go about our life thinking that we are, we’re such hypocrites,” Greene said as she acknowledged the misinformation she spread in the past.
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS IN QUESTION
In 2017 a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas killing 58 people. Greene suggested that the shooting was an act aimed at pushing anti-gun legislation.
“How do you get avid gun owners and people that support the Second Amendment to give up their guns and go along with anti-gun legislation?,” Greene said in a video posted to social media.
“You make them scared, you make them victims and you change their mindset and then possibly you can pass anti-gun legislation. Is that what happened in Las Vegas?”
In 2018 a wildfire lit up California, sparked by an electrical grid. The blaze killed 84 people and Greene took to Facebook to highlight a conspiracy theory.
The freshman representative implied that the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish banking family, Pacific Gas and Electric and the California Government all pitched in to start the wildfire.
“Then oddly there have been all these people who have said they saw what looked like lasers or blue beams of light causing the fires, and pictures and videos,” Greene said in the now deleted Facebook post.
After the post was unearthed “#JewishSpaceLaser” started trending on Twitter.
Before the vote took place, which eventually kicked her out of the House Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee, Greene tried to distance herself from both conspiracy theories and QAnon.
QAnon is an far-right group alleging that many lawmakers are part of a sex-trafficking ring and plotting against former President Donald Trump.
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them,” Greene said, “and that is absolutely what I regret.”
Greene also reminded the House that those comments were made before she was elected and that she has not made any similar statements since.
“I am a very regular American,” Greene said.
Greene condemned the great political divide in the United States and government in her speech. However, after the press conference she tweeted that democrats were “morons”.
House Representative Andy Biggs spoke out to support Greene after the removal by taking to Twitter.
“If House Democrats proceed with their unprecedented action to strip a sitting Member of Congress of her committees for thoughts she shared as a private citizen, Republicans should reassign her to the same committees,” Biggs tweeted.
“We should not give in to the Left’s lawless authoritarianism.”