Before being elected to Congress, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia notoriously publicly embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory, openly supported anti-Semitic falsehoods and even entertained comments regarding the execution of Democratic politicians, according to published reports.
Now, she has been removed from the Education and Budget Committees. Such committees are where bills are drafted. Democrats criticized Greene's appointment to the Education and Labor Committee, pointing to her having previously promoted conspiracy theories that falsely claim the Parkland and Newtown school shootings didn't occur.
All Democrats and 11 Republicans voted for the measure to remove Greene from the committees. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy opposed the move.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy said in a statement ahead of the vote, The New York Times reported. “I condemn those comments unequivocally.”
McCarthy also said that the effort by Democrats to remove Greene from the committees is a "partisan power grab," the Times reported.
“Her past comments now have much greater meaning,” he continued. “Marjorie recognized this in our conversation. I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward.”
Greene has apologized in private for previous support for QAnon and said that she believes school shootings did occur, calling them real and "awful," sources told CBS News reported. She has not publicly apologized.
Greene said in a statement on Jan. 29, which was directed at "the radical, left-wing Democrat mob and the Fake News media," that she will "never back down."