Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is a problematic politician, to put it mildly. Unfortunately, the opportunistic left is going to use her eccentricity as another political club against her fellow Republicans.
Fox News‘ Sean Hannity just confirmed that Greene’s controversial beliefs simply don’t represent the majority in her party. Greene has been under fire for her past social media posts with conspiracy theories about school shootings, support for violence against Democrats, and anti-Semitic views.
Hannity said on his program Wednesday that there wasn’t “a single conservative” he was aware of that shared “those conspiratorial beliefs, or supports the action [of] confronting young people, claiming that a school shooting that happened didn’t happen.” The House of Representatives was scheduled for a vote Thursday on whether Greene should keep her place on two committees in light of her past remarks.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) already spoke forcefully about Greene, though he did not mention her by name in a statement to The Hill. “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,” he said. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
Hannity went on to the hypocrisy of Democrats calling for Greene’s ousting from committee positions while they tolerate their own extremists. “The Democratic Party, yes, they have a lot of fringe conspiracy theorists and agitators, except they are not little-known in their party,” he said. “They are literally running the whole show for the Democratic Party. They set the agenda, and they have all the power.”
Greene is currently serving on both the House Education and Labor Committee and House Budget Committee unless a vote decides otherwise. “If Democrats ought to purge Taylor Greene from committees, then this same standard must be applied to them, right?” Hannity said.
In that spirit, some Republicans have amended the resolution against Greene to also remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from House Foreign Affairs Committee. Some have accused the Muslim Congresswoman of making anti-Semitic remarks in the past after she claimed any Americans who supported Israel, a staunch ally of the U.S. and lone democracy in the Middle East, were expressing “allegiance to a foreign country.”
Omar has responded to the measure by calling the proposal led by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) “a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia.” Usually, defaulting to such banal accusations is another way of expressing a lack of an actual defense to the charges.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to be held accountable for extremist rhetoric. However, it’s only Republicans who are ever asked to denounce their fellow politicians. Its possible Democrats can’t hold themselves to the same standards because after purging the kooks and crazies, there’d be no one left in their party.