House Democrats took the unprecedented step to remove GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments for social media posts she made long before she was ever elected. The Stalinist show trial was aired out for all of America to see.
The vote to oust Rep. Greene was mostly along party lines, but in typical fashion, a small number of Republicans joined ranks to strip Greene of her committee assignments. Rep. Greene held assignments on both the House Budget Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor. House Republicans appointed her these assignments soon after she was sworn in last year.
In recent weeks, Democrats have ramped up their standards for “decency in Congress” following the raucousness during the Capitol protests.
“Serving on a committee isn’t a right. It’s a privilege. When someone encourages violence against a member, they should lose that privilege,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, the chairman of the House Rules Committee.
Democrats are not one to waste a publicity stunt, and this is no exception.
“The party of Lincoln is becoming the party of violent conspiracy theories,” Rep. McGovern so brilliantly added.
Republicans have vehemently and publicly disavowed some of Rep. Greene’s more incendiary remarks, much of which are centered around the pro-Trump conspiracy ‘Q Anon.’
Not one to use Stalinist tactics for their own means, House Republicans soured on stripping Rep. Greene of her committee assignments, claiming a dangerous precedent is likely to be set as a result – and they were right. The way Congress is headed, one out-of-touch remark made 10 years before holding office is now fair game for punishment.
“This is nothing more than an abuse of power by a party drunk with power,” said Rep. Ralph Norman.
House Minority Leader Rep. McCarthy blasted Democrats for wielding their new veto authority while choosing to “ignore the infractions” of their own party members, referencing Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn . These congressional miscreants were allowed to keep their committee assignments despite GOP objection.
Rep. Omar mistakingly thought Congress was a group therapy session. She hoped to penalize Rep. Greene on personal terms. She mentioned how Greene previously asked her and Rep. Talib to take oaths on the Bible despite both being Muslim. The Horror!
In the most dramatic moment of the debate, House Majority Leader Rep. Hoyer produced a blown-up image of on of Rep. Greene’s previous Facebook posts:
WATCH: @LeaderHoyer during debate on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA): “I urge my colleagues to look at this image.”
Rep. Hoyer then walks image around House floor to be seen by other members.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 4, 2021
In a fiery floor speech on Thursday, Greene defended herself against feckless Democrat smears.
“These words do not represent me. These are words of my distant past,” Greene said. “They do not represent my values, and they do not represent my district.”
The 11 Republicans who voted to strip Greene of her power were Reps. Chris Jacobs of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, John Katko of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Young Kim of California, Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida and Nicole Malliotakis of New York .