Responsibility for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is on Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear at a Thursday press conference. Greene’s string of outrages continues to grow, but “What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said.
Every minute that House Republicans don’t do something to make clear that Greene’s history of liking social media comments about assassinating political figures (including Pelosi), harassing teenage survivors of mass shootings, and inciting insurrection is a minute the House Republicans are responsible for all of it.
But instead of stripping Greene of committee assignments, they gave her a plum one—and a specifically outrageous one.
”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?” Pelosi said. “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.”
Pelosi also said that Congress “will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside.” Asked for clarification, she got very clear: “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott has put out a statement echoing Pelosi’s point that the decision to put Greene on that committee is a disrespect to the memory of dead children. “House Republicans have appointed someone who claimed that the killing of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook was a hoax,” Scott said. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “must explain how someone with this background represents the Republican Party on education issues.”