WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke to reporters Friday, a day after the House voted to strip the freshman representative of her committee assignments.
Greene simultaneously slammed to move and also said it made her feel empowered, freeing her up to push her conservative agenda.
Greene was removed from the House Education and Labor and Budget Committees Thursday after eleven Republicans joined House Democrats and voted in support of the resolution.
“When they decided to strip me of my assignments, they stripped my district of their voice, they stripped my voters of having representation to represent them for the budget,” Greene said. “If I was on a committee, I’d be wasting my time because my conservative values wouldn’t be heard and neither would my district’s.”
Greene blasted her Republican colleagues who voted alongside Democrats.
“When you have Republicans in the ranks voting against one of their own, opening the door for Democrats to go after every single Republican next, that is a big betrayal, and that could cost us the majority,” Greene said. “People are very angry. That’s all I’ve heard from people all morning.”
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Greene has a documented history of promoting the far-fetched and dangerous right wing conspiracy forum QAnon.
She disavowed QAnon in a speech on the House floor Thursday before the vote, but Channel 2′s Justin Gray found that just this week, she promoted QAnon views on Twitter, suggesting many who oppose former President Donald Trump are pedophiles. That mirrors thee QAnon belief that Democrats and global elites are part of a massive ring that engages in pedophilia and inflicts harm on children.
After speaking at length on her policy positions Friday, Greene took questions from reporters.
For the first time, when prompted by a reporter, Greene issued an apology, although did not specify which comments specifically she was apologizing for.
“I’m sorry for saying all those things that are wrong and offensive and I sincerely mean that,” Greene said.
In a Tweet earlier Friday, Greene called Democrats “morons” for giving “someone like me free time.”
Greene has been under fire in recent weeks for her prior claims that school shootings were a hoax, her beliefs in conspiracy theory QAnon and her calls for violence against Democratic leaders.
Greene addressed the House before the vote on Thursday, saying that she stopped believing in QAnon in 2019 and admitting that school shootings are real. She revealed that she had experience a school shooting incident herself when she was in high school. In 1990, a then 16-year-old Greene was at South Forsyth High School when an armed sophomore took several people hostage. The incident ended with no one injured.
Back in her district in Georgia, District 14 Chairman Darrell Galloway said removing Greene from committees will haunt Democrats.
“I think they will rue this day for many, many years to come,” Galloway said.
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