Even so, the episode sparked deep divisions among Republicans over how to move forward as a party. In the days leading up to the vote on Ms. Greene, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Washington, denounced what he called “crazy lies” and claimed that such conspiracy theories were a “cancer” in the world party. Several other high-ranking Republican senators had denounced Greene with him, saying that she could not become the face of the party.
To warn Democrats about the move, House Republicans tabled their own proposal to remove Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar from the foreign affairs committee. evil deeds. “Ms. Omar publicly apologized for these comments, which were charged with anti-Semitism.
“If this is the new standard, I look forward to continuing the standard,” McCarthy said, adding that Republicans have a “long list” of Democrats to remove from their committees.
On Wednesday, after the Democrats announced they would reprimand Ms. Greene, Mr McCarthy issued a long, tortured statement condemning her comments, saying they had no place among Republicans in the House, but argued that they did didn’t deserve to be punished for you. Moving on Wednesday night after the controversial, hour-long Republican meeting, he told reporters that Ms. Greene had privately apologized for her earlier remarks and suggested it was time to move on.
“She said she knew nothing about lasers or all the different things that were raised about her,” McCarthy said, apparently referring to a Facebook post Ms. Greene wrote in 2018 that indicated devastating wildfires were happening in California a space lasers controlled by a prominent Jewish banking family with ties to powerful democrats.
“If we start now to judge what other members have said before they are members of Congress, I think it will be difficult for Democrats to get someone on the committee,” he added.
According to Eleanor Neff Powell, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dismissal from committees is usually reserved for lawmakers who are under criminal charges, criminal investigations, or who have otherwise violently broken with their party.