January 29th, 2021
Pelosi slams Republicans for overlooking Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments; Jahana Hayes does not want her on Education Committee
US Rep. Jahana Hayes called the House Republicans not to seat GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the Education Committee.“Her conduct is antithetical to the work of the Committee," Hayes said."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 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," Pelosi said. "What could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?"A video emerged of Greene trailing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in May 2019, telling him she has a gun in her purse and asking why he wanted to take away gun rights. Hogg, who suffers from PTSD from the shooting, said he "absolutely" felt it was a threat when Greene said she was carrying a gun, but told himself "if they shoot me, they prove my point."
Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the House Republicans for not taking action against Greene over her past statements."What I'm concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said at a news conference on Thursday.
Jimmy Gomez, Democratic California Congressman, announced Wednesday of coming up with a resolution to remove Greene from the House of Representatives.
Over the past few years, Greene has attracted a lot of criticism and controversy, including for a video (that went viral this week) of her confronting Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.Freedom of speech is absolute, Rep. Taylor Greene has every right to have controversial opinions. She also has the right to freely express those opinions whether or not the Democratic party agrees with them. Taylor Greene was elected by her constituents based in part upon those opinions. She has made no effort to obfuscate her views of David Hogg or the Parkland shooting. Agree or not, she has the right.Harrassment laws vary by state, but are generally defined "a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety." Additionally, the law does not protect all forms of speech, including the right to incite actions that would harm others [Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)], which likely would include calls for murdering Democratic politicians, as stated below. Harassment laws notwithstanding, if this were an actionable crime it should've been addressed at the time it was committed through the municipal courts of Washington, DC. The House of Representatives doesn't have the ability to adjudicate conduct of a person who was not a member at the time of the alleged offense. Such an act would constitute a bill of attainder. "Why are you supporting Red Flag gun laws that attack our second amendment rights? Why are you using kids as a barrier? Look I'm an American Citizen, I'm a gun-owner. I have a concealed carry permit, I carry a gun for protection for myself and you are using your lobby and the money behind it and the kids to take away my second amendment rights" She said to HoggMr. Hogg's feelings aside, the video evidence is conclusive. No objective person could consider her comments and questions in context as being threatening in the least. What she did in March 2019 could be described as citizen journalism if it werent' in the color of a political campaign moment. Hogg refused to answer any of her questions and didn't respond as she simply followed him and asked without impeding him.
Also, Greene's social media accounts "liked" comments calling for the murder of Democratic politicians.
Greene also attracted criticism when she claimed that several high-profile school shootings were staged.She also suggested that Hillary Clinton was involved in child mutilation and pedophilia ring.
“Over the years, I've had teams of people manage my pages," Greene tweeted recently in her defense."Many posts have been liked.Many posts have been shared.Some did not represent my views."A number of videos of Greene intentionally talking to the camera have emerged, including complaints of an “Islamic invasion” into government offices, makes racist claims against blacks and Hispanics, and pushing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. She also referred to Democrats as "R*****s," which seems especially insensitive for someone being considered for the education committee considering U.S. schools have 7.1 million children with special needs (including my son).
A spokesman for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told Axios that Greene’s comments were "deeply disturbing" and that Republican leaders plan “to have a conversation" with her about it.While it’s unlikely Greene will be removed based on things she did before joining Congress, there are options for the House. A censure, although mostly symbolic, only requires a simple majority and would allow members to go on record condemning her words. Greene could also be stripped of committee assignments,which would limit her ability to shape policy.