The recent effort among House Democrats to strip freshman U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) of her committee assignments over previously expressed controversial beliefs appears to be coming back to bite them politically.
In a partisan tit-for-tat, a group of GOP lawmakers proposed an amendment that would call for similar action against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), citing her own extreme rhetoric, which has been denounced as anti-Semitic by many of her critics.
Omar’s record of offensive remarks
As Breitbart noted, Omar has embraced fringe theories both before she was elected to Congress and in the years since.
Though the measure is unlikely to move forward in a Democratic-controlled House, the intent behind it seems clear. Many Republicans have accused Democrats of hypocrisy when weighing in on which viewpoints are acceptable for a member of Congress to hold.
Fox News reported that the GOP-backed amendment was put forward by a group of conservative legislators targeting Omar for her history of divisive remarks. In particular, she used a questionable phrase — “It’s all about the Benjamins” — in connection to allegations that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee had attempted to pay off elected officials in exchange for support.
Among the other controversial positions were her stated belief that Israel had “hypnotized the world” and her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement seeking to isolate and economically punish the Jewish state.
Of course, Greene’s embrace of fringe conspiracy theories has also been widely denounced, including by her own party’s top leaders.
“I continue to condemn them today”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a statement following his recent conversation with Greene regarding her prior comments and social media posts.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” he wrote. “I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today.”
Both Omar and Greene have publicly apologized for their unpopular statements amid outrage among their respective critics.
In offering her public statement of contrition earlier this week, some House Republicans gave Greene a standing ovation, according to reports.
As the Daily Wire noted, there is a chance that the backlash against Omar could extend to other Democratic officials, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who has also employed rhetoric widely denounced as offensive toward the Jewish community.