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Republicans Call Double Standard on Greene’s Committee Removals, Point to Omar Remarks

marjorie taylor greeneSeveral Republican lawmakers alleged a double standard in the Democrat push to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from two committee posts over her past comments and actions, while Democrat lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) faced no such censure for her past incendiary remarks.

The House on Thursday adopted a resolution along largely partisan lines to remove Greene from the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee, with eleven Republicans joining Democrats in voting to punish the Georgia firebrand for past comments, like saying that the 9/11 terror attacks and some school shootings were false flag operations.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) filed an amendment late Tuesday (pdf) that would instead eject Omar from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, rather than Greene from the Committee on the Budget. In advancing the amendment, Babin cited anti-Semitic remarks Omar had made.

“If the Democrat Majority wants to go down this road, they should start by dealing with their own members who have been at this before and AFTER their election to Congress,” he wrote on Twitter, suggesting Democrats were employing a double standard by punishing Greene while downplaying misconduct within their own ranks.

Omar was accused of anti-Semitism after she made remarks critical of Israel and alleged the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was paying off politicians to take pro-Israel positions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reprimanded Omar, who later apologized for her remarks, although she retained her committee assignments.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters during a campaign stop in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 11, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) called Babin’s effort to oust Omar instead of Greene “unbelievable” and criticized him for “false equivalence.”

Omar called Babin’s bid to cut her committee assignments “a ridiculous distraction. Obviously, we can see it is a racist, Islamophobic-fueled smear.”

Babin’s amendment failed, and the House voted 230–199 to adopt the Democratic-backed resolution to censure Greene.

One of the handful of Republicans who voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) noted that he had previously called for similar action against Omar.

Diaz-Balart said on Twitter that, while he viewed Greene’s remarks as “unacceptable,” he said there were “also members I’ve consistently said should be removed from committee assignments for their irresponsible, inflammatory speech.”

“When Ilhan Omar continuously made anti-Semitic comments about Israel, Nancy Pelosi swept it under the rug and suggested that they ‘move forward.’ Why wasn’t she removed from her role on a committee that helps set U.S. policy toward Israel?” Diaz-Balart wrote.

Republican leadership in the House opposed the vote to strip Greene of her assignments, and similarly called out Democrats for a double standard.

“I would remind the majority that several of their own members have engaged in activities or made comments that Republican members find offensive and inappropriate,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said on the House floor Thursday.

“If the majority changes hands in the future, as it surely will at some point, how would the current majority feel if these members are stripped of their committee assignments with no due process?” he asked.

Cole also objected to the fact that Greene was not “given the courtesy of a referral to the Ethics Committee,” which is the Congressional body empowered to investigate misconduct by representatives.

“She’s not being given the same due process that was given to others before facing punishment by the House,” he said, adding that punishing lawmakers for comments made before they assumed office could set a dangerous precedent.

“My friends run the risk of setting off a tit-for-tat exchange for partisan punishment that could cripple the operation of the House now and well into the future,” Cole said, adding, “I truly believe that the majority claiming a new right to be able to exercise a veto over minority committee assignments will ultimately be dangerous for this institution.”

McGovern responded to Cole’s remarks by saying that in the past, members were removed from committees due to the wishes of party leaders, but “in this case, it seems very obvious to us the Republican leadership chose not to act.”

Republicans met on Wednesday to consider whether Greene should be removed from the committees, but opted not to. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) condemned Greene’s comments but declined to take further steps.

“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy said after the meeting, adding that Greene had apologized for her comments.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks at the weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 3, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

McGovern also addressed the matter of an Ethics Committee referral, saying that, since Republicans have not yet appointed members to it in this session of Congress, “it doesn’t function at this particular point.”

Greene, a first-term lawmaker who supports former President Donald Trump, hours before the vote took time to clarify some of her past comments and actions. She said that her statements about school shootings and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks do not reflect her views today.

Media outlets and Democrats have also accused Greene of being a supporter of QAnon. Its proponents, who follow clues from cryptic messages posted to anonymous imageboards, allege that some of the most powerful people in the world are part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals who have engaged in child sex trafficking and ritual abuse.

Reports also claimed that Greene had “liked” a Facebook comment suggesting that “a bullet to the head” of Pelosi “would be quicker.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is seen in Washington on Jan. 15, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Greene, in her speech on the House floor, said that the statements she made “were words of the past.”

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and I would talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene said, adding that she stopped supporting QAnon in 2018. Greene added that she is a “very regular American” who entered politics after Trump ran for office in 2016.

On Wednesday, Greene said on Twitter that Democrats were engaged in a “mob cancel campaign” and that mainstream media outlets were refusing to air her rebuttals.

“They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children’s education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God’s creation,” she wrote.

Greene called for election integrity in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. After the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden, Greene filed articles of impeachment against him.

The last congressperson to be stripped of their committee assignment was Republican congressman Steve King in 2019 after he was questioned during a media interview why white supremacy is considered offensive. He is no longer in Congress.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Tom Ozimek

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DKP2021
4 months ago

Let’s just remember this crap in 2022. “Do unto others” I want retard joe impeached every single month during it’s last two years!!!!

Storm
8 months ago

Oh my word! I thought Omar had a black beard and was a busted terrorist in the first photo! Hmmmm. Nice look Omar.

syble chritensen
8 months ago

see what happens when we republicans fight for checking the votes i think there was no way Biden won the Election and we should have Insisted they were all checked it is not Right to just let them steal the Election

syble chritensen
8 months ago

And because Republicans Think they are so moral that they have to punish any one who beleives different than them President Used some Language that was Not pretty so many would not Support him even if heDid a Great job for the People I guess they Think having us lose every thing To The totally Immoral Democrats Is better than Fighting for Our Votes And our Right to speak

HocasPocas
8 months ago

Is she being punished for filing articles of impeachment, which every other party member should have done also?

Dan W.
8 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

No, she was flagged for supporting a number of QAnon conspiracy theories (I’ll let you do the googling).

If you’re talking about articles of impeachment against Biden, you’re a little premature. He’s old and slow so he hasn’t been in office long enough to generate any high crimes and misdemeanors.

Nancy Bishop
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

If they’re going to censor her over what she did before she held office than Biden should be held accountable for what he did in Ukraine!

Lee Howell
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

you seem to be a blind, deaf and dumb liberal.biden, in his first 5 hrs. commited crimes.

PaulE
8 months ago

I think we can all agree that the double standard exists and that the Democrats will always be allowed to get away with almost anything. That has been the norm for a few decades and it is only going to get much worse as the Democrats near their long-term objective. Republicans on the other hand will always be viewed through a microscopic lens for any imperfection.

If someone like Greene makes a bold public statement like threatening to impeach Biden, that is going to throw the MSM into over-drive to look back through her history for any defects in her background that can be used against her. They found what they needed and leveraged it to effectively remove her from any say in Congress aside from House up or down votes.

The Democrat’s propaganda support organization, the MSM, will see that any negative information or publicity of any Democrat in Congress is either minimized or completely suppressed. The proof being that members of The Squad are saying anti-semitic, racist or simply lying non-stop nearly every day, Yet you don’t see much, if anything of it, being reported anywhere where most people get their news from. Thus for all practical purposes, as far as the general public goes, it never happened.

Control and manipulation of the information that the public is permitted to see is a time honored mechanism of all authoritarian regimes. The degree of manipulation may vary somewhat, but that is inconsequential overall. What label you affix to the type of regime is less important than the fact they they all share a common methodology for manipulating the public to the government’s intent.

Dan W.
8 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Agreed that there is and will continue to be a double standard but Greene managed to put both feet her mouth with no assistance from either the Dems, the Rinos or the MSM.

Shame on the MSM if they give her any more air time.

syble chritensen
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

sorry I don’t Agree with your thinking Thats like now We are not allowed To speak about any Thing the Democrats don’t like So stay Quiet and let them win it all

syble chritensen
8 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

it Was as much Republicans in congress that hit Greene hard too instead of helping her to get it right But when it comes to Democrats you have no rights to speak This is another thing came From George Soros he wants to help Obama Destroy America

syble chritensen
8 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You are right because Most Republicans Think it is not right to object to what ever the Democrats want

Ladybird
8 months ago

I just dont understand this double standard! I thought these people worked for us, NOT the other way around. I have no need or desire to have Pelosi, Schumer, Omar, AOC, Waters and the rest of them anywhere in office! They do NOTHING but incite violence, demean our people and I am sick of it! These people play by their own rules, break laws and continue to get away with it. WHY IS NOTHING BEING DONE?! Green did nothing close to what the democrats have done and yet they yank her out as quickly as she got in! I wont even get into the RINOs that cross party lines to agree with the dems. They disgust me!

John D. Beach
8 months ago

The only criterion of qualification for membership in the Democrat Party is that of the label “democrat.”
This has been obvious for years. No other rules apply to them and they are not given to any sense of equal applicability of the law or equal justice before the law. They are a disgrace and always have been.

Kim
8 months ago

Frankly, I find it hard to believe any voters would support someone with such beliefs. Republicans, conservatives, need to find candidates better qualified than this.

Sure, we know the dems are held to a different (lower) standard, and some preposterous members are still in Congress. But the world and the media seem to be immune to rightful scrutiny directed at them.

w mueller
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I find it hard to believe that ANYONE would elect any of the four representatives TWICE. None of them know nothing of politics and are hell bent on destroying what is left of America. Obama started with his ‘campaign’ of being transparent, which it wasn’t and I believe he engineered all of the crap Trump endured for 4 years. These people in the house and senate should all be looked at a little closer. They have made this appointment to represent them in the congress a permanent job. They have no interest in who put them there, they are in it for the money and prestige. They make laws that they do not have to obey, they give themselves raises, that they do not deserve and they lie just about everything. Take AOC for instance, she wasn’t even in the capitol when the riots took place. She was in the canon building a quarter mile away, but yet , she was ‘traumatized’. Get it right lady, she knows nothing. She was a bartender. All of congress needs to be looked at and most of them need to be voted out. They have been there way too long.

Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  w mueller

I agree with you that it’s insane that AOC, Omar, Pressley, and other super-radicals were re-elected. You mentioned “appointment”, but these congressmen were initially elected to office, not appointed. And that’s the fault of the voters for not thoroughly vetting the candidates before the primaries. If constituents expect better performance from elected officials, we had better start nominating candidates with better resumes.

Get it right lady, she knows nothing.” Is that directed at me? I’ve made it very clear in many comments that I think AOC is a young fool with no real experience. She’s a drama queen. I know she wasn’t in the capitol building at the time of the attack on Jan. 6, but she blamed it anyway for bringing up past trauma and is milking that for all it’s worth.

I, too, would love to flush out the trash in congress, and that’s what elections are for. All of us need to do a better job researching the candidates before voting in the primaries.The article centered around the hypocrisy of censuring Greene or removing her from the two committees when other dems with equally horrible beliefs get off easy. Such is the double standard that exists in Washington, where R’s are scrutinized and lambasted in the media while the media remain silent when d’s misbehave.

Dan W.
8 months ago

Committee assignments should be up to the party in question, period. (I would make an exception to a potential security risk on the Intelligence committee.)

If the GOP wants Greene on certain committees, it’s up to the Republicans to emphasize to her the damage that her words could cause including the possibility that her future remarks could be censured by the full House. (Same caution to the Dems regarding Omar.)

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