Freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of her committee assignments Thursday for her previous endorsements of QAnon, antisemitic, and other dangerous conspiracy theories.
Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of removing Greene from her committees. That vote included Republican Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick, PA, Carlos Gimenez, FL, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL, Chris Jacobs, NY, John Katko, NY, Young Kim, CA, Adam Kinzinger, IL, Nicole Malliotakis, NY, Maria Salazar, FL, Chris Smith, NJ, Fred Upton, MI.
“I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,” Greene wrote on Twitter Friday in reaction to the decision.
“In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway,” she continued.
“Oh this is going to be fun!”
On the House floor Thursday, prior to the vote, Rep. Greene said she “stumbled” upon the QAnon conspiracies in 2017. She explained becoming “very interested in it” at the time.
“I read about it, I talked about it, I asked questions about it. The problem with that, though, is that I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” she said.
“Because if it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018,” she added, “I wouldn’t be standing here today and you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud of […] and that’s what my district elected me for.”
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene continued. “If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today and you couldn’t point a finger and accuse me of anything wrong because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud of.”
Later in 2018, she said she “started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts…” and ultimately “stopped believing it.”
She also clarified that “9/11 absolutely happened” after she had previously questioned whether a plane flew into the Pentagon in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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