Freshman Member of Congress Faces Backlash, Legislative Action

Molly Ingram

In just her first month of being an elected official, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, has made waves for her far-right sentiments, as well as her support of QAnon.

Comments and posts by Representative Greene’s Facebook in 2018 and 2019 have called for the execution of members of the Democratic Party. The congresswoman denies that she was behind these posts, arguing that she is often represented online by her staffers.

Greene has claimed that multiple terrorist attacks, including Stoneman Douglas, Sandy Hook and 9/11, were staged or did not occur. Greene has also expressed her belief that the Clinton family was responsible for the airplane crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr.

In a video recorded in 2019, Greene is seen ranting about Stoneman Douglas Survivor David Hogg. In the video, Greene calls Hogg an “idiot” and claims that “he only talks when scripted.”

In an older 2017 video, Greene discusses the conspiracy theory organization called QAnon which serves as a network of people who believe that Democrats and public figures are involved in sex trafficking rings and deep state plots.

“​I don’t know who Q is, but I’m just going to tell you about it because I think it’s something worth listening to and paying attention to,” Greene said.

Despite her claims, the Representative still has support from the American public. According to her Twitter, Greene raised over $175,000 in two days to defend her seat in the House.

Greene has been called the Republican Party’s equivalent to Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez due to their youth and far-right/left views.

The congresswoman has been met with praise from some members of the Republican Party, however many have shared that they do not agree with her statements. Representative Greene has received negative backlash from members of the Democratic Party, with some going as far as to call for her expulsion.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called Greene’s actions and messages “cancer for the Republican Party.”

Greene did not agree.

“​The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” Greene responded in a statement on Twitter.

The tweet was in reference to the Senate Minority Leader’s acceptance of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. While many previously silent Republican politicians publicly accepted Joe Biden’s presidential win after the insurrection at the Capitol, Greene has refused to admit that there was no substantial election fraud.

Greene’s Twitter is also filled with messages such as #StopTheSteal, a hashtag meant to rally support behind former President Trump in his efforts to overturn the election.

On Feb. 4, the House of Representatives voted to determine whether Greene would be allowed to remain on her congressional committee assignments. The House voted 230-199 to dismiss her from her committees, with 11 of her fellow Republican colleagues voting against her.

Lawmakers have cited her baseless claims and threats against fellow congress members as reason for her removal from committee assignments.

“The GOP embrace of lunatic fringe violent conspiracy provocateurs is bad for the GOP, bad for the nation, bad for Democrats,” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tweeted. “Not clear the republic can survive 1 of 2 major parties descending into madness like this.”