‘Dangerous precedent’ to strip committee seats from Greene, but some GOP lawmakers went right along

House Democrats made good on their threats and voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments, getting nearly a dozen Republicans to join them.

The blatant flex of power by Democrats in the House of Representatives against the minority party member resulted in Greene’s removal from two committee assignments based on actions and comments she made before she was ever elected to Congress. The unprecedented 230-199 vote on Thursday, mostly along party lines, included 11 Republicans such as Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida who asserted that there were several Democrats who should also receive similar treatment.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday removing  Greene from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee. The freshman congresswoman from Georgia has been the target of Democrats for social media posts she had made and her previous support of the QAnon conspiracy theory – all before she was elected.

Republicans refused to punish Greene with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he had expressed the party’s concerns over her past comments with her but no disciplinary action would be taken. Greene reportedly offered her Republican colleagues a formal apology in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.

“This resolution sets a dangerous new standard that will only deepen divisions within this House,” McCarthy said.

“This is nothing more than an abuse of power by a party drunk with power,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., added, slamming the Democrats for their “liberal hypocrisy” in a tweet on Thursday.

“If anyone think that the Democrats’ unprecedented actions to remove Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee will be limited just to her, they are sadly mistaken,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs tweeted.

Though Democrats fell right in line, voting with their leader Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Greene of her assignments, Republicans once again showed a glaring lack of unity. The 11 GOP members who turned on one of their own were Florida Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Gimenez, and Maria Elvira Salazar; Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Chris Smith of New Jersey; Rep. Young Kim of California and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick as well as New York Reps. Chris Jacobs, John Katko and Nicole Malliotakis.

Diaz-Balart took to Twitter to remark that although Greene’s past remarks were “unacceptable,” there were “also members I’ve consistently said should be removed from committee assignments for their irresponsible, inflammatory speech.”

In a thread that followed, the Florida congressman shared examples such as Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar being accused of anti-Semitism over a 2019 incident for which she only offered an apology.

He also brought up actions by Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Cynthia McKinney.

“If MTG is being removed from her committee positions for her past inappropriate comments, then these members should’ve received the same treatment. I’ll continue to demand that Democratic leadership & the press stop the double standard & hold these members equally accountable.” Diaz-Balart said.

The double standard of House Democrats was slammed on Twitter where a comment by CNN White House reporter John Harwood drew immediate fire.


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