NANCY Pelosi has cut Kevin McCarthy down to size, calling him “cowardly”, for failing to take action against “conspiracy theorist” Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Speaker’s office called out the House Minority Leader (R-Calif.) over his “refusal to deal with” Rep. Greene, referring to him as “McCarthy (Q-CA)” and mocking him for a lack of courage, in a blistering statement on Wednesday.
Pelosi said it was “McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene”.Credit: AP:Associated Press
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during his weekly press conference on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Republican U.S. House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene has become a polarizing figure.Credit: Elijah Nouvelage
Democrats have set up a House vote Thursday to remove Greene from her committee assignments because of a series of controversial past statements by the first-term lawmaker.
She has previously suggested several deadly school shootings were staged, claimed the 2018 California wildfires were started by “Jewish space lasers“, and supported calls for violence against Pelosi and other Democratic officials.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, left, was filmed calling Parkland survivor David Hogg, center, a ‘coward’ weeks after the high school massacre
A 2018 video showing Greene chasing Parkland survivor David Hogg through the streets of D.C calling him a “coward” also reemerged last week.
“After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene,” the release from Pelosi’s office stated.
“As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget. McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther.”
Greene has stirred controversy since before being elected to Congress, after spending years peddling conspiracy theories
The release said McCarthy’s “cowardly refusal to deal with Greene breaks with calls from Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Republican Jewish Coalition and several prominent members of the party to take action against Greene.”
Meanwhile, Greene was given a standing ovation by dozens of House Republicans Wednesday after refusing to apologize for her conspiracy theories – and escaping any censure from the party’s leadership as she openly mocked them, the Daily Mail reports.
About half the Republican caucus got to their feet, as she spoke briefly at a private meeting of the House conference, to applaud her, according to the outlet.
Greene has previously claimed several deadly school shootings were faked.
McCarthy reportedly met with Greene on Tuesday night along with the GOP Steering Committee, following a proposal to remove Greene from the Education and Labor Committee. McCarthy said he would take no action against Greene following two hours of talks.
Instead, McCarthy released a statement claiming that Greene’s past statements “do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference”but he would “hold her to her word” and she would be more careful with her comments going forward.
“I understand that Marjorie’s comments have caused deep wounds to many and as a result, I offered Majority Leader Hoyer a path to lower the temperature and address these concerns,” the statement continued.
“Instead of coming together to do that, the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party.”
Greene responded to the efforts to remove her from the committees on Twitter on Wednesday.
“They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children’s education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God’s creation. And the bloodthirsty media are their henchmen who help them by relentlessly attacking anyone in their path,” she tweeted.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks as President Donald Trump listens at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
Earlier, Salem radio host Sebastian Gorka pressed Greene for an explanation about her past statements regarding conspiracy theories.
“You have been accused about saying things about 9/11, the Pentagon attack, school shootings, that you’re a QAnon supporter. Before we get to what the Left is trying to do, I want to give you an opportunity to address those accusations about being a conspiracy theorist, here on America First,” Gorka stated.
“Absolutely, I appreciate that,” Greene began.
“Well, you know what has happened, I was one of those Americans that was supposed to never get elected to Congress; the elites don’t want me here.”
Greene refused to apologize for her old Facebook posts which included claims the Sandy Hook massacre was a “false flag” and 9/11 was an inside job.
“I’ve never done drugs. I’ve never been arrested. The only thing bad I’ve done is probably gotten a speeding ticket,” she said.
“But you know what, just like every single other person, yeah, I have said things I shouldn’t say at some time or another, but I don’t think I have anything to apologize for.
“For refusing to believe Trump-Russian collusion conspiracy theories, and looking things up on the internet and asking questions about it on Facebook, big deal.
“Just because I posted things on Facebook back in 2018 doesn’t mean that I should be removed from my committees here in Congress.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, made the first move toward stripping Greene of her roles on two important House committees after speaking with McCarthy on Wednesday.
“I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments,” Hoyer said in a statement.
“The Rules Committee will meet this afternoon, and the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow.”