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US House punishes congresswoman linked to conspiracy theories

A member of the most radical wing of the Republican Party, Marjorie Taylor Greene wears a mask with the words “Trump won” on January 3

Congressmen decide to step aside from commissions Marjorie Taylor Greene, who supported QAnon, denied 9/11 and endorsed Democratic execution requests. Republicans warn of future political retaliation.

The US House of Representatives – with a Democratic majority – voted on Thursday (February 4) in favor of removing the controversial Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her parliamentary committee duties. Greene defended the QAnon conspiracy movement and, more recently, endorsed a violent speech against opponents and that there was fraud in the presidential election in which Democrat Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump.

Greene was on the Budget and Education committees. Her removal was approved with 230 votes in favor – 219 Democrats and 11 Republicans – and 199 Republican deputies voted against. This is a very unusual measure, as the composition of commissions is usually decided by the benches.

The 46-year-old Republican was elected as a representative of the southern state of Georgia to the lower house of Congress in November. Greene is a member of the Republican Party’s most radical wing – pro firearms and anti-abortion – and has recently embarrassed the party itself by using violent rhetoric against Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“I have never seen a situation like this in which a member [of Congress] has made such nasty and painful comments, participated in harassment by colleagues, and expressed support for political violence,” said House majority leader Democrat Steny Hoyer before the vote. “This vote could be a first step in correcting the error of those who have so far chosen to do nothing.”

Republicans criticized the vote, and members of the party leadership warned of possible political retaliation if they regain power in the House.

“Today’s vote sets a dangerous precedent for this institution and one that Democrats can regret when Republicans regain a majority,” said Representative Liz Cheney. The Republican Congresswoman from Wyoming said that while Greene’s comments are deplorable, Democrats “have no right to determine which Republicans have seats on the committees.”

Committees or commissions in the US Congress are designed to be bipartisan, regardless of which party is in charge of the government, and with each party typically choosing who to designate for which office.

What did Greene say?

Just before the vote, Greene addressed the House floor wearing a mask with the words “freedom of speech”. She apologized for most of her controversial comments, for example, that school massacres were staged or that no planes hit the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

“Those were words from the past … they don’t represent my values,” said Greene. “I could believe things that were not true and ask questions about them and talk about them. And that is something that I absolutely regret.”

“See, school shooting attacks are absolutely real. And every child who gets lost, these families cry. I also want to tell you: 9/11 really happened. I remember that day, crying all the time, watching on the news “, said.

The congresswoman, however, did not apologize for apparently endorsing calls for political violence against Democrats. Prior to his candidacy, Greene “liked” Facebook posts that supported the execution of Democrats, including Pelosi.

From pedophiles to space laser

In 2018, Green suggested that a “space laser” controlled by some Jewish family was used to deliberately start a forest fire in California.

During his campaign for the primaries, Greene claimed to be part of the QAnon movement, which disseminates a set of conspiracy theories, including the Democratic Party’s association with child trafficking, cannibalism, and satanic rituals.

According to QAnon’s theory, the United States has been led for decades by the “Deep State”, a secret organization that brings together senior government officials, in addition to the Clintons, Obamas, Rothschilds, and investor George Soros.

The first cryptic messages about the “sect” appeared in 2017, written by a mysterious “Q”, a person who would be from within the government. “Q is a patriot,” said Taylor Greene in 2017. “This is a lifetime opportunity to eliminate this global cabal of satanic pedophiles and I think we have the right president for that,” he said then.

In addition, Greene also disseminated several videos on social networks with racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic messages, as well as attributing massacres with automatic weapons, such as 2017 one at a country music festival in Las Vegas, to conspiracies of movements in favor of the abolition of the right to carry firearms.

Praised by Trump, Greene upset some Republican ranks. The influential leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, warned that “crazy lies and conspiracy theories are cancerous for the Republican Party”.

On Twitter, Greene replied, “Real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans, who do nothing but accept defeat politely.”

Source: (AFP, Reuters, AP, DPA, Lusa)

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