Speaking at her weekly news conference this Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tore into Republicans for seating Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the House Education and Labor Committee.
Greene has a long history of spouting right-wing conspiracy theories and insurrectionist rhetoric. Video recently emerged of Green harassing David Hogg, a school shooting survivor.
“What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said, according to CNN.
On Tuesday, CNN reported that Greene “indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress.”
“Assigning [Greene] to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school — what could they be thinking?” Pelosi asked. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing? It’s absolutely appalling, and I think the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children.”
Some Republicans, however, have released statements critical of Greene.
“I’ve consistently condemned the use of violent rhetoric in politics on both sides, and this is no exception,” House GOP Whip Steve Scalise told CNN. “There is no place for comments like that in our political discourse.”
Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said Greene’s comments “are deeply disturbing, and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”