Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling her a “cancer for the Republican Party,” according 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,” McConnell said.
The criticism came after alleged old social media posts surfaced, showing Greene supporting “conspiracy theories.”
“This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party,” McConnell said
In response to McConnell, Greene ripped “weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.”
“The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” Greene tweeted. “This is why we are losing our country.”
Greene allegedly stated in a post that the Parkland shooting was a false flag intended to take away gun rights. She also claimed that she was “told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control,” according to Media Matters.
Greene also made posts claiming that Sandy Hook was fake and that there was no evidence that a plane crashed into the Pentagon.
Democrats are threatening to remove Greene from her committee positions, claiming if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy does not remove her, they will force a House floor vote.
A resolution, sponsored by Democrats Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, and Jahanna Hays, would strip Greene of her spots on the House Education & Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee.
“Reducing the future harm that she can cause in Congress, and denying her a seat at committee tables where fact-based policies will be drafted, is both a suitable punishment and a proper restraint of her influence,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“If Republicans won’t police their own, the House must step in,” Wasserman Schultz continued.
Democratic California Rep. Jimmy Gomez, recently created a resolution calling for Greene’s expulsion for her alleged support of “political violence” and promotion of “extremism and sedition” earlier this week.
An expulsion of Greene from the House remains unlikely, as this would require a two-thirds vote.
“As if it weren’t enough to amplify conspiracy theories that the September 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was staged, a string of recent media reports has now confirmed that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama,” Gomez said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Gomez continued.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blasted Greene’s social media history while calling for her removal as well.
“Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school — what could they be thinking?” Nancy Pelosi asked on Thursday. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?”
“It’s absolutely appalling, and I think the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children,” continued Pelosi.
Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said last week that “anyone suggesting it was fake is either deranged or a sadist.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Monday that her comments are “disgusting and wrong.”
McCarthy is expected to speak to Greene this week. A spokesperson for McCarthy told Fox News that her comments are “deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”
Greene issued a warning to Democrats on Twitter, asserting removing her from her committees would set a “precedent” moving forward.
“If Democrats remove me from my committees, I can assure them that the precedent they are setting will be used extensively against members on their side once we regain the majority after the 2022 elections,” Greene tweeted. “And we will regain the majority, make no mistake about that.”