Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene removed from two committees following incendiary comments

Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo credit: Getty Images

The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday (local time) to strip a Republican congresswoman of two high-profile committee assignments over her incendiary remarks that included support for violence against Democrats.

Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before she was elected to Congress, CNN reports. In one Facebook post from 2019, she liked a comment that said "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The House vote to remove Greene was 230-199, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat in stripping her from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee.

Before the vote, Greene expressed regret for her views, which included claims 9/11 and school shootings were staged, but she stopped short of an apology.

She said her controversial remarks were made before she ran for office last year, adding she had "stopped believing" in the QAnon conspiracy theory in 2018 after finding "misinformation, lies, and things that weren't true" in the group's posts. She also now says "school shootings are absolutely real" and "9/11 absolutely happened".

"These were words of the past. These things do not represent me," she said.

Democratic congressman Don Beyer called for Greene's resignation on Tuesday, writing on Twitter: "Your conduct does not reflect creditably on the House, and you should resign."

Another Democratic congressman, Jimmy Gomez, introduced a resolution on Wednesday evening (local time) calling for Greene to be expelled from Congress.

"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," he said.

"Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government."

Congressman Bobby Scott, who chairs the Education and Labor Committee that Greene was part of, says Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy needs to explain his reasons in appointing her to the panel.

"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," Scott said. "He is sending a clear message to students, parents, and educators about the views of the Republican party."

McCarthy said Greene's comments were "deeply disturbing" and they don't represent the values and beliefs of the House Republican Conference.

"I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today," he said, according to CNN.

Previously, Greene has introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden just two days after his inauguration, saying he was "unfit to hold the office" and showed a "pattern of abuse of power as President Obama's Vice President".

Also in January, Twitter temporarily locked her account over baseless voter fraud allegations she made.