MITCH McConnell blasted the “loony lies” of so-called “QAnon Rep” Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday – just hours after she boasted of having ex-President Trump’s “100 per cent support”.
In an unprecedented attack on the fellow GOP lawmaker, Republican Senator McConnell described her views as a “cancer for the Republican party” in a no-holds-barred statement to The Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has blasted Greene for her ‘loony lies’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
‘QAnon Rep’ Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s going to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago and boasts he supports her ‘100%’Credit: OAN
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said.
“This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
The thinly-veiled three-sentence statement did not include Greene’s name but made specific reference to a series of bizarre unearthed claims peddled by the freshman Representative in recent months and years.
Greene responded on Twitter, writing that “the real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.”
Greene, who was awarded a seat on the House Eduction and Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee, has previously expressed support for QAnon – the baseless theory that Trump was working to rid the world of elite sexual predators.
She has also shared conspiracy theories that school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, were staged – and claimed the 2018 California wildfires were started by “Jewish space lasers.”
McConnell’s attack came hours after Green appeared in an interview with One America News (OAN) released on Monday.
In it, the Georgia Representative said Trump has been “doing really well” since his exit from the White House late last month.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks as President Donald Trump listens at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.Credit: AP:Associated Press
“I’m excited to go visit him soon and continue to give him a call and talk to him frequently. Great news is, he supports me 100 per cent, and I’ve always supported him,” she told the network.
“President Trump is always here for the people, and he’s not going anywhere.
“So I look forward to, to joining him and what his future plans may be.”
A view of Trump Mar-A-Lago estate where former U.S. President Donald J.Trump is now living. Credit: Rex Features
Before being elected to Congress, she reportedly endorsed violence against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other high-ranking Democrats.
Greene has been highlighting her relationship with Trump as criticism mounts on her from lawmakers following the emergence of past comments she made expressing support for violence against top Democrats.
On Saturday, Greene said she had a “great” call with Trump before going on a tirade against Democrats and socialists.
President Donald Trump gestures to supporters en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in West Palm Beach.Credit: AP:Associated Press
“I had a GREAT call with my all time favorite POTUS, President Trump!” Greene wrote in a series of tweets.
“I’m so grateful for his support and more importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First.
“You can never beat him because We The People have his back.
“The blood thirsty media and the socialists hate America Democrats are attacking me now just like they always attack President Trump.”
Greene, in a Twitter message over the weekend, said she would “never apologize” for her actions in the past.
Democrats want to remove Greene from her committee seats due to her highly controversial comments Credit: AP:Associated Press
Earlier today, Democrats demanded that Republicans cancel and remove Greene from a number of committees within 72 hours – or they will act.
The House Rules Committee plans to meet this Wednesday to take up a resolution to remove Greene from all her committees.
Greene has said she still has the support of GOP leader Donald TrumpCredit: AP:Associated Press
Before being elected to Congress she endorsed violence against Speaker Nancy PelosiCredit: The Mega Agency
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer gave Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, an ultimatum to either strip Greene of her committee assignments or the Democrats will move the issue to the floor.
A meeting between McCarthy and Greene has not yet been scheduled, with McCarthy only saying he planned to have a “conversation” with her sometime this week.
Democrats have not yet set out a plan of how they intend to remove Greene from the committees but they have several options open to them.
“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be held accountable for her reprehensible statements, and I am discussing with members the best course of action to do so,” Hoyer said through a spokesperson Monday.
Democrats discussed on Sunday during a leadership call bringing a straightforward motion that would go through the House Rules Committee.
That would be separate from a resolution led by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which would also remove the Georgia Republican from any House panel seats.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wants to remove Greene from the committees she has a seat onCredit: EPA
“We’re focused on making sure that we can render powerless the poisonous nature of this member,” Wasserman Schultz told reporters Monday. “The House has to be able to take actions to police its own membership.”
A growing number of House Democrats say they are determined to punish Greene for her previous comment and have drafted a number of measures to bring that about, reported Politico.
Measures being considered are a formal censure and expulsion from the House.
Democrats have not ruled out further action and say this week’s move could be a first step.
They hope for force McCarthy to take action against Greene, who is also coming under pressure from some GOP-affiliated groups
Greene said Saturday she had spoken to Donald Trump and she still had his full backing.
Marjorie Taylor Greene must be held accountable for her reprehensible statements
Spokesperson for Steny Hoyer
She told One America News Monday she planned to visit Trump in Florida soon.
“I’m excited to go visit him soon and continue to give him a call and talk to him frequently.
“Great news is, he supports me 100 per cent and I’ve always supported him.”
“President Trump is always here for the people, and he’s not going anywhere,” she continued. “So I look forward to, to joining him and what his future plans may be.”
Some Republicans have expressed privately their concern that a precedent could be set if Democrats try to determine who from a minority party is suitable to serve on committees, which could lead to a tit-for-tat spat between the two parties.
McCarthy supporters say he has not yet decided how to proceed over the issue but won’t cave in to pressure from the Democrats.
He is expected to decide after his meeting with Greene.
McCarthy had a similar encounter in 2019 with former Rep. Steve King after he questioned why the term white nationalism was so offensive in an interview with The New York Times.
During that meeting King showed little remorse and soon afterwards McCarthy booted King off his committees.
Some Democrats are concerned that McCarthy will not take any action which has led them to prepare their own options.
“If we are waiting for Kevin McCarthy to have a moral compass … that’s never going to happen,” Rep. Jahana Hayes, who represents the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, told reporters Monday as she demanded the House act to strip Greene of all committee positions.
Hayes said Greene has “forfeited her right” to take part in a House panel, particularly the Education Committee. “Her elevation in the party is dangerous.”