Dozens of Democrats have signed onto a resolution to have Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.) removed from the chamber, but she can’t inform her followers on Twitter because the social media platform suspended her late Thursday.
“Today Democrats are introducing a resolution to EXPEL me from Congress,” Taylor-Greene wrote on her Parler account. “And all of a sudden overnight, Twitter suspended me at 1 am for 12 hours for absolutely no reason, with no explanation.
“They’re doing everything they can to silence me because I am a threat to the Swamp!” She added, along with a screengrab of a message indicating her account was suspended for 12 hours over an alleged violation of “Twitter Rules.”
The measure to remove Taylor-Greene was sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), and co-sponsored by 72 Democrats “including prominent members like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the former chair of the Democratic National Committee,” Forbes reported.
No Republicans have signed on, though according to Eric Harris, a spokesman for Gomez, the California lawmaker had “quite a few” conversations with Republicans but that none ultimately agreed to sign on over “concerns regarding threats of violence and political retribution.”
In response, Greene accused Gomez and other Democrats of attempting to silence Republican women including Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who faces a potential House action to undo her six-vote election victory in Iowa after the state has already certified her the winner.
“There is nothing more threatening to Democrats than strong Republican women!” Greene said in a statement to Fox News. “Democrats are trying [to] overturn the will of the American people who voted for both myself and Congresswoman Miller-Meeks. This is a continuation of the House Democrats’ war on women!”
Gomez needs a two-thirds supermajority of House members to expel Greene, which seems unlikely at this point.
Taylor-Greene had already been stripped of her committee assignments in February, as Democrats cited, among other things, her prior expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theories. Eleven Republicans voted to remove her as well.
The Georgia Republican was also called out for “liking” Facebook posts that called for violence against top Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues,” Gomez said in a statement, Fox News reported.
“…Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,” he added.
That said, several Democrats, including House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell, have regularly espoused the disproven claim that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.
Also, prominent Democrats including Rep. Maxine Waters of California appear to have suggested that violence against Republicans is acceptable.
Republicans pushed back against Taylor-Greene’s removal from her committee assignments.
“This resolution sets a dangerous new standard that will only deepen divisions within this House,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has supported Taylor-Greene, said following the removal.
“This is nothing more than an abuse of power by a party drunk with power,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., added, going on to hit Democrats for their “liberal hypocrisy.”
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