Some the controversial statements from the Georgia congresswoman include claims of 9/11 and school shootings in the US were staged, and that Jewish laser beams were perhaps responsible for the forest fires in California.
She may be new to politics, but Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene quickly became the hot topic among politicians after her incendiary comments and controversial statements from the past were dug up. The US House of Representatives decided to vote on the congresswoman's role as a lawmaker, and the final tally shows that majority of them wanted her removed from her committee assignments.
After the unearthed statements—including the congresswoman saying that 9/11 and school shootings were staged—stirred controversy, the House voted on Thursday, February 5, to punish the Georgia Republican right after she gave a statement expressing regret over her words. And it wasn't just the Democrats who wanted her gone.
11 Republican House members voted with the Democrats to have Greene removed. The final tally of 230-199 stripped the Georgia Republican of all her committee assignments, CNN reports.
"I have never encountered a situation like the one before us now, where a member has made such vile and hurtful statements, engaged in the harassment of colleagues and expressed support for political violence," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer before the voting took place, according to Reuters.
Since Greene entered the political spotlight, the 46-year-old has not only proven to be an ardent supporter of Trump and echoed his claims of voter fraud without any actual evidence, but had also been a vocal supporter of some wild QAnon conspiracy theories being circulated in the Republican voter base.
Before Thursday's vote took place, she gave a speech defending herself by saying the comments were made before she ran for office. "These were words of the past. These things do not represent me," she said, as quoted by BBC. The tainted congresswoman also dialed back on her support for QAnon and said she "stopped believing" in the group's conspiracy theories.
Referring to her previous claims of 9/11 being staged, Greene said before the vote, "I want to tell you 9/11 absolutely happened. I do not believe that it's fake."
While Taylor Greene may say that she no longer believes in what she used to, it is hard to ignore the fact that a 40-something woman who believed Jewish laser beams caused the California fires is a lawmaker in the country. But what's all the more shocking is the fact that congresswoman from Georgia actually believed school shootings in the United States were staged.
Previously, Greene had said that school shootings, like the 2018 Parkland shooting and the tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shooting that killed 20 kids in 2012 were staged. And when these ridiculous statements got her into trouble, she stood on th floor of the House on Thursday and said, "School shootings are absolutely real."
In her speech, where she said, "none of us are perfect," she claimed the media was behind creating the image that she now has. "You only know me by how Media Matters, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the mainstream media are portraying me," she said, as reported by Independent.
As she painted a picture about herself, she said, "What you don’t know about me is that I’m a very proud wife of almost 25 years, that I’m a mother or three children and I consider being a mother the greatest blessing of my life and the greatest thing that I’ll ever achieve. I’m proudly the first person to graduate college in my family, making my parents very proud."
Today, I rose in objection to the unprecedented attempt by the Democrat majority to remove me from my committee seats.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 4, 2021
I’ve never been more proud to represent the people of NW Georgia.
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While she expressed regret over her statements, Greene said nothing about other explosive controversies where she was seen supporting violence against Democrats, according to BBC.
In a previous post on social media that spoke about former President Barack Obama being hanged, Greene replied and said: "Stage is being set." Greene also once liked a post on social media that spoke about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting "a bullet to the head."
On Thursday, Pelosi said she was "profoundly concerned" over the GOP taking in "an extreme conspiracy theorist" before the House voted.
House votes 230-199 to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments.— The Recount (@therecount) February 4, 2021
11 Republicans vote yes:
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Among the Republicans who supported her was Jim Jordan who said told the House, "So who's next? Who will the cancel culture attack next?"
On the other hand, Democrat commented on Greene's speech and said, "I did not hear remorse and I didn't hear an apology."