Marjorie Taylor Greene gets standing ovation at closed-door GOP meeting, reports say

As Republicans convene to decide whether to oust Liz Cheney from leadership after her impeachment vote, GOP members applaud congresswoman with history of antisemitism and racism

Alex Woodward
New York
Thursday 04 February 2021 07:39 GMT
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Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene reportedly received a standing ovation from her GOP colleagues following revelations of her apparent support for “false flag” school shooting and QAnon conspiracy theories as well as a legacy of antisemitic and racist comments.

She reportedly apologised during a closed-door conference among House Republicans on Wednesday, following the introduction of resolutions from Democratic lawmakers to oust her from Congress or remove her from the House committee appointments.

Earlier on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the newly elected congresswoman from Georgia will not face any consequences from within her own party for her history of bigoted remarks, including apparent support for executing prominent elected Democrats and Islamophobic attacks against other members of the House.

He said "past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and antisemitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” but his party has not introduced any punitive measures.

He also drew false equivalence between Ms Greene’s behaviour – for which she has never publicly apologised – and the past controversial comments and actions of various Democratic House members.

In a damning statement condemning the GOP leader’s approach to Ms Greene, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that his “failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an antisemite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 truther."

"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,” said the statement from her office, replacing the “R” next to his designation with “Q” in a reference to the mass conspiratorial delusion.

The full House will vote on Thursday on a resolution to strip Ms Greene of her seats on both the House Education and Labour Committee and the House Budget Committee, putting Republicans on record whether they support Ms Green’s place within the party.

House Republicans convened on Wednesday night to determine whether to keep Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference chair following her vote to impeach former president Donald Trump for inciting a riot at the US Capitol on 6 January. She was among 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach him.

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