Tit for tat: Republicans seek to oust Ilhan Omar from her committees, as Greene fights back

House Republicans are showing a Trump-like tendency to fight back, as Democrats ramp up pressure on one controversial GOP freshman.

Led by lawmakers from Florida, Democrats seek to punish GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for comments she made before getting into Congress. They include bizarre things like maintaining lasers started California’s wildfires and that some school shootings, such as at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., were staged, “false flag” incidents. She also has reportedly deleted social media posts expressing support for violence against some Democrats.

NBC News reports that Florida Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch have offered a resolution to remove Greene from her committee assignments. Schultz told MSNBC that she is “poisonous to the United States of America and our way of life and our beliefs.” CNN adds that at least 67 Democrats have backed another resolution calling for her expulsion from Congress. Even GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has referred to Greene as a “cancer” on the party.

Early Wednesday morning, Greene returned fire.

In a tweet mentioning Schultz, she wrote, “Foolish members like @DWStweets are throwing Democrat colleagues under the bus. The precedent she’s setting will be used against members of her own party.” The tweet included a video of Democrats, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Maxine Waters being supportive of aggressive, if not violent, actions against Trump administration officials or in furtherance of Black Lives Matter protests.   

Greene then added a second tweet, saying, “We will never forget your words. Every single one of you will be held accountable. Every single one of you are far more guilty of what you’ve accused President Trump of doing with your impeachment witch hunt. You are all on record.”

Now it seems some Republicans are proving Greene correct.

Fox News reported Tuesday evening that GOP Reps. Brian Babin of Texas, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Jody Hice of Georgia, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Ronny Jackson of Texas have co-sponsored an amendment to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from her committees.

Since she’s been in Congress, Omar, a Somalian refugee from Minnesota who is best known as a member of “The Squad” led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has made comments considered anti-Semitic.

She suggested in 2019 that American Jews had dual loyalty for being supportive of Israel, that they were “all about the Benjamins” – meaning money – and supported the radical Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel for its alleged maltreatment of Palestinians.  After a readers’ poll, the Jerusalem Post dubbed her “Anti-Semite of the Year” in 2019.

The Post added that Omar was “one of the top three nominees, alongside Louis Farrakhan and Richard Spencer.”

Also in 2019, Omar appeared on a recording from a few years earlier in which she dismissed the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”

In July 2019, The Washington Post wrote a piece defending Omar and her “unique approach” to politics, asking in its headline, “What has Ilhan Omar done that Donald Trump hasn’t?”

Which is precisely the point made by Rep. Greene and her fellow Republicans.

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