Rep. Marjorie Taylor: Awful and Evil
Dems & GOP say she is unfit to serve on Education Committee
Since being elected to the House of Representatives in November, Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been stirring up controversy. While some in Congress have pushed to limit her role, Republicans have decided to put Taylor Greene on the committee that oversees education and labor, the HELP Committee.
Taylor Greene has recently stirred up controversy as her wild ideas have broken into the mainstream view. These include a video of her harassing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. In the video she follows and records Hogg, who was in Washington near the Capitol, calling him a “coward” for refusing to debate her over gun policies. She has previously referred to Hogg as “little Hitler.”
She also appears to believe that both Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were staged. In 2018 she replied “that is all true” on a Facebook post saying the two school shootings were “stagged [sic],” along with the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This was first unearthed by Media Matters and the post has since been deleted.
In response to Taylor Greene’s posts, Linda Schulman, the mother of Scott Beigel a teacher at Parkland who was murdered defending his students, released the following statement to NY Mag:
“Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, the shooting where my son was murdered protecting his students was not a ‘false flag. It was not staged. It really happened. Do not trivialize my son Scott’s sacrifice to save his students for your own political gain. As Joseph Welch said to Sen. Joseph McCarthy Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1954: ‘Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Have you no sense of decency?’ Congresswoman Greene, I ask you the same question. Are you that cruel? HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY??”
Greene is also a denier of 9/11 saying that she thinks it was an inside job and that no plane hit the Pentagon. She is also a QAnon supporter and a supporter of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. CNN has uncovered that Greene liked a comment that said "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the "deep state" working against Trump.
In response to her appointment to the HELP committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the decision “absolutely appalling” and “really beyond the pale.”
“What I'm concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who was willing to overlook, ignore those statements ... assigning her 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," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference at the Capitol. "What could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?”
In a statement of Greene’s office, she said she was excited to join the committee and would be focusing on reopening every school, expanding school choice ie charter schools, “protecting homeschooling,” and championing religious freedom for teachers and students, although this likely only means Christian students, not Muslim or Jewish students.
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), who chairs the committee also released a statement saying:
“House Republicans have appointed someone to this Committee who claimed that the killing of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
House Republicans have appointed someone to this Committee who claimed that the killing of 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was staged.
House Republicans have appointed someone to this Committee who chased and berated a 17-year-old survivor of a mass school shooting and then celebrated this behavior by posting it on social media.
House Republicans have appointed someone to this Committee who has publicly endorsed violence against elected officials.
House Republicans made this appointment and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy must explain how someone with this background represents the Republican party on education issues. He is sending a clear message to students, parents, and educators about the views of the Republican party.”
Even Republicans are opposed to Greene sitting on the committee. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told CNN’s “New Day:”
“Well let's be clear, she's not a Republican. I mean, she may be like this new definition of Republican, but that's — that's kind of a RINO thing and Republican in name only. I personally don't think she should have any committees.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is "not a Republican," @RepKinzinger says. "She may be like this new definition of Republican, but that's kind of a RINO thing, a Republican in name only is what she is ... I don't think she should have the privilege of any committees." pic.twitter.com/jqKIqTHI1J
— New Day (@NewDay) January 28, 2021
Another freshman Republican appointee to the committee, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), has come under fire after numerous women accused him of sexual assault, has been caught lying about getting into the US Naval Academy, apparently lied about training to compete in the Paralympic Games, and posted a picture on Instagram from Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s vacation home, where he captioned the photo saying that it was a fulfillment of his dream of seeing the home of the “Fuhrer.”