Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted to remove Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA 14) from her committee assignments. The vote came nearly a week after her past comments resurfaced wherein she supported wild Q-Anon conspiracy theories.
Q-Anon is a conspiracy theory in which school shootings are seen as false flags, democrats lead child sex rings, and the 2020 election featured mass fraud. While only one of these claims is even remotely substantiated, Representative Greene has signaled support for more than just the election-centered aspects of Q-Anon in past online activity.
Despite her wild theories, she was an elected member of Congress, and this is where the downfall of the Republican party starts. Marjorie Green’s removal comes even after Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with her and offered her the opportunity to denounce her previous comments and set the record straight. She subsequently said “9/11 attacks ‘absolutely happened’ and that school shootings are ‘absolutely real.’”
Leader McCarthy is not helping restore the Republican image as a whole. Rather than establishing himself and the party firmly against wild conspiracies like Q-Anon, he bent over backward to not offend anyone. A large swath of Republican voters, whether they believe in conspiracies or not, like Representative Greene simply because she stands up to the establishment. But instead of taking a hardline stance against conspiracy theories, Leader McCarthy decided to let the House remove Greene from her committees instead of by way of the Republican conference. By trying to appease the right-wing of the party he only goes to prove them right—he doesn’t have a backbone and doesn’t care about getting things done. He just cares about preserving his seat. Leader McCarthy should have taken control and led the Republican conference to strip Greene of her committee positions which would’ve solidified an anti-conspiracy GOP.
Representative Greene is just one symptom of an ever-growing problem within the GOP. Many members of the GOP are angry with the establishment in Washington and do have legitimate concerns about them. However, Republican voters cannot fuel their anger at the establishment by electing people like Greene. By doing so, it sends a terrible message that Republicans are far-right crazies who believe that “Jewish Space Lasers” are responsible for wildfires.
The image portrayed to the media that Republicans are insane people who don’t believe in school shootings, is simply not true for the majority of Republicans. But people like Marjorie Taylor Greene only add gas to that narrative. By electing and supporting people like Representative Greene, the Republican party is ensuring that Republicans will never hold a majority in government ever again.
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