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<p>A MoveOn <a href=”https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/remove-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-from-the-house-education-and-labor-committees-1″ rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>petition </a>calling on GOP leadership to remove Greene from the House Education and Labor Committees had garnered more than180,000 signatures as of Saturday afternoon.</p><p>Matt Hildreth of RuralOrganizing.org started the petition, in which he wrote:</p><em>Rep. Greene supports the QAnon cult and has called deadly school shootings “false-flag” operations by gun-control groups. She even accosted and harassed Parkland student and activist David Hogg on Capitol Hill. Back in 2019, Republicans removed Rep. Steve King of Iowa from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees in response to his support for white nationalists. Based on this precedent, Republican House leaders must remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee appointments.</em><p><em>Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Alphonso David on Friday<a href=”https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/human-rights-campaign-mccarthy-must-immediately-remove-greene-from-her-committee-assignments” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”> said</a> that the revelations that Greene “openly endorsed executing public officials and harassed a teenage victim of gun violence, is deeply disturbing.”</em></p><p>”Congresswoman Greene has demonstrated her lack of regard for our democracy and its institutions,” David added, “choosing instead to fan the flames of division and hate—the same elements motivating the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol just three weeks ago.”</p><p>Emphasizing that “there must be consequences for her actions,” David implored House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “to hold her accountable and remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from all her assigned Congressional committees at the very least.”</p><p>There are additional groups demanding that Congress take disciplinary action against Greene. The Women’s March on Saturday<a href=”https://act.womensmarch.com/sign/expel-green-petition/” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”> called</a> on the House to expel Greene from the chamber, citing several examples of the “extremist opinions, inciteful rhetoric, and toxic lies that she supports.”</p><p><br/></p>
<div class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”6f3a139e048fc711e6425de76d9fcf76″ id=”02811″><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet” data-partner=”rebelmouse” data-twitter-tweet-id=”1355564184692469775″><div style=”margin:1em 0″>Marjorie Taylor Greene’s extremist beliefs and incitements of violence cannot be tolerated. Period. Republicans ca… https://t.co/LcbjPlW6IV</div> — Women’s March (@Women’s March)<a href=”https://twitter.com/womensmarch/statuses/1355564184692469775″>1612026661.0</a></blockquote></div>
<p><br/></p><p>The Women’s March was echoing a demand made the previous day by Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization fighting against Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination in the United States. In a <a href=”https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/01/29/rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-danger-muslim-members-congress-should-be-expelled” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>statement </a>released Friday, the group pointed out that Green has “suggested that <a href=”https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/17/house-republicans-condemn-gop-candidate-racist-videos-325579″ rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>Muslims do not belong in government</a>, tried to force Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to <a href=”https://www.mediamatters.org/congress/marjorie-taylor-greene-visited-capitol-and-tried-get-reps-ilhan-omar-and-rashida-tlaib” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>re-swear their congressional oaths on a Bible</a> and even <a href=”https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/marjorie-taylor-greene-qanon-gun-facebook-squad” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>posted a picture</a> of herself holding a gun next to them.”</p><p>Calling for Greene’s immediate expulsion, Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates public advocacy director, said that every minute Greene “remains in office is a minute where [Democratic Reps.] André Carson, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, their colleagues, and their staff in Congress are in danger.”</p><p>”Each day,” Simpson continued, “we learn more about Greene’s recent history of spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, encouraging violence against public officials, and making bigoted statements about Muslims, Jews, and other marginalized communities.”</p><p>”This behavior is an embarrassment to the U.S. Congress,” he added, “and presents a real danger to the people of color who have to walk the same halls with Greene each day.”</p><p><br/></p>
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<p><br/></p><p>As <em>Common Dreams</em><a href=”https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/29/after-altercation-rep-cori-bush-move-office-away-far-right-marjorie-taylor-greene” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”> reported</a> Friday, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), a Black woman and prominent progressive, was forced forced to relocate her congressional office to protect her “team’s safety” after Greene and members of her staff “berated” Bush in the hallway and harassed her on social media. </p><p>Another progressive group, Indivisible, on Friday encouraged people to <a href=”https://indivisible.org/demand-your-representative-expel-marjorie-taylor-greene” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>tell their representatives</a> to support Rep. Jimmy Gomez’s (D-Calif.) <a href=”https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jimmy-gomez-marjorie-taylor-greene-resolution-to-expel-from-house_n_60142cf0c5b6bde2f5bee9ff” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>resolution</a> to expel Greene from office.</p><p><br/></p>
<div class=”rm-shortcode” data-rm-shortcode-id=”b0a5e775ef326135cec7c47983af33f0″ id=”6e438″><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet” data-partner=”rebelmouse” data-twitter-tweet-id=”1355338890165542912″><div style=”margin:1em 0″>Marjorie Taylor Greene is a seditious, hateful, QAnon-supporting, racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic congresswoman… https://t.co/qIHDka4aLE</div> — Indivisible Guide (@Indivisible Guide)<a href=”https://twitter.com/IndivisibleTeam/statuses/1355338890165542912″>1611972947.0</a></blockquote></div>
<p><br/></p><p>Gomez must convince 70 House Republicans to support removing Greene from the chamber in order to attain the two-thirds majority required to pass the resolution, but other Democratic lawmakers have proposed an alternative that has a higher likelihood of success.</p><p>Reps. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) announced Friday that they will introduce a resolution next week to formally censure Greene and call for her resignation, as <em>Common Dreams</em> <a href=”https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/29/freshmen-dems-lead-resolution-censure-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-and-call-her” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>reported</a>. Unlike Gomez’s measure, Jacobs and Williams’ resolution would only require a majority vote in the Democrat-controlled House.</p><p><a href=”https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/29/gop-marjorie-taylor-greene-463860″ rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>According to</a> <em>Politico</em>, McCarthy’s office has said the GOP leader will “sit down for a conversation with Greene next week.”</p><p>”But whether McCarthy decides to punish Greene will depend on how that meeting goes,” the news outlet noted. “McCarthy had a similar face-to-face meeting in 2019 with former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) after he defended white nationalism in an interview with the<em> New York Times</em>. The Iowa Republican showed little remorse during their interaction, and shortly afterward, McCarthy booted King from his committees.”</p><p>As the HRC’s David put it, “The integrity of our democratic institutions should be important to all elected officials regardless of political party. Accordingly, McCarthy should act—and act urgently.”</p><p><br/></p>

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