Washington, D.C. is in a tizzy over the controversial statements made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Ironically, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has responded by throwing in her own conspiracy theory.
Pelosi made it clear this week that she’s done negotiating with Republicans on the issue, implying that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is part of the QAnon conspiracy, referring to him as “McCarthy (Q-CA)” in a written statement, The Hill reported. Pelosi was unhappy with the way McCarthy has handled calls for Greene’s ouster from House committees.
“After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Pelosi’s news release said. “As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget.”
McCarthy and the GOP Steering Committee had met with Green Tuesday but broke without reaching any clear consensus about her future. It appears a House vote Thursday on a resolution initiated by Democrats will decide whether Greene can remain on her committees.
Still, Pelosi continued to hammer McCarthy, saying his “failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther.” She went on to say his “cowardly refusal to deal with Greene breaks with calls from Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Republican Jewish Coalition and several prominent members of the party to take action against Greene.”
McCarthy and others are navigating a political landscape that is already hostile to the GOP and no doubt have to tread lightly. Greene’s claims about school shootings being hoaxes along with other conspiracy theories are unhinged, but so is Pelosi. It seems she is purposely conflating McCarthy’s trepidation with support for the conspiracy theory group and other outlandish claims Greene has made.
Most notably, QAnon believes “worldwide cabal of satanic pedophiles” are running Hollywood, big business, the government, and the establishment media.
The group is also largely blamed for the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 that started as a protest against certifying the Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election. There is no evidence the McCarthy is on board with any of it.
Republicans need to clean house when it comes to people like Greene. However, Pelosi’s ad hominem attacks and attempts to paint McCarthy with the same brush as Green are unconscionable and unproductive.