Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right Georgia House Representative who’s made headlines for her endorsement of QAnon conspiracy theories, has been stripped of her committee assignments by House Democrats.
Greene previously echoed sentiments that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump, and also embraced conspiracy theories like suggesting school shootings were staged, while also encouraging political violence like the Capitol Riots that shook the foundations of American Democracy.
The House passed the resolution largely along party lines — 230-199 — to remove Greene from the House Education and Budget committees after Republicans refused to take action against her. They argued that Marjorie Taylor Greene had forfeited her right to those seats by endorsing conspiracy theories, racist dogma and violence against Democratic politicians. There were also 11 Republicans (Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Carlos Giménez (Fla.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.), Young Kim (Calif.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Chris Smith (N.J.) and Fred Upton (Mich.)) who voted against Greene in the resolution. Other Republicans, however, believed it would be setting a bad precedent.
“I think you are, frankly, overlooking the unprecedented nature of the acts that you’ve decided upon, and where that may lead us when the majority changes,” said Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), the senior Republican on the Rules Committee, according to The Hill.
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, however, said removing Greene from the committees was a matter of principle.
“If any of our members threatened the safety of other members, we’d be the first ones to take them off of a committee,” she said.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s elevation into the spotlight has become symbolic of a growing rift in the Republican Party, with a new generation of QAnon-inspired Trumpists challenging the status quo of fiscal conservatives, evangelicals and pro-business lawmakers such as Liz Cheney in favour of a more populist approach.