Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has faced mounting criticism in recent days for a vast and expanding litany of controversial comments and social media posts, with even some conservative groups denouncing her as House Democrats push for her removal from both committees and Congress.
Greene’s first weeks in office have been tumultuous, as past videos and social media posts have been unearthed in which she endorsed the executions of top Democrats, berated a Parkland shooting survivor and, most recently, blamed California wildfires on a space laser funded by a Jewish banking family.
The last one has earned Greene a condemnation from evangelical group Christians United for Israel, which called for GOP leaders to “condemn all those who traffic in antisemitic tropes” and remove Greene from committees “pending a full review of her past statements.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition called her latest conspiracy theory “indefensible and unacceptable” while the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations – which includes groups like AIPAC and American Friends of Likud – called for a “swift and commensurate response” from Congressional leaders.
On the Democratic side, multiple House members have pushed for concrete actions against Greene, such as Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), who introduced a resolution to expel Greene for her “direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government.”
Reps. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) on Friday announced plans to introduce a resolution censuring Greene and calling for her resignation in response to her social media posts.
“The only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood,” Greene said in a pre-election video unearthed by Mother Jones on Friday.
Despite the condemnations, Republican leaders have given no indication they plan to distance themselves from Greene. On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office released a video featuring dozens of House GOP freshmen, including Greene and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), another controversial Trump-backer.
173. That’s the number of House Republicans who voted for a 2019 resolution condemning anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination. That resolution came in response to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in which she accused the pro-Israel lobby of pushing “allegiance to a foreign country,” prompting allegations of anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” tropes.
Despite the high profile she has amassed early in her career, Greene has been light on substance. A review by Georgia Public Broadcasting found that Greene’s website features “no policy goals or platforms for issues like the economy, health, energy, the Second Amendment and education.”
Greene released a statement on Friday dismissing reports about her comments as a “smear campaign” by “radical, left-wing Democrats” and vowing to “never back down.” Greene also asked for donations from supporters and declared “I take these slings and arrows gladly for you.”