Embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said that her previous statements on social media about school shootings and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks don’t reflect her views today while decrying the organized attempt to “cancel” her assignments.
“School shootings are absolutely real … I truly believe that children at school should never be left unprotected,” Greene said on the House floor ahead of a vote to strip her of several committee assignments on Thursday. “I also want to tell you 9/11 absolutely happened … I do not believe it was faked,” she remarked.
Green went further said the statements she made “were words of the past” and do not “represent” her.
Greene on social media previously speculated that the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks were a false flag, among other theories. Media outlets and Democrats have accused Greene of being a supporter of QAnon, a movement that includes theories that some of the most powerful people in the world have engaged in child sex trafficking and ritual abuse. Reports also claimed she “liked” a Facebook comment suggesting that “a bullet to the head of” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “would be quicker.”
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and I would talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene said, adding that she stopped supporting QAnon in 2018. Greene added that she is a “very regular American” who got into politics after President Donald Trump ran for office in 2016.
But in her remarks, Greene turned her attention on mainstream news outlets, saying, “Will we allow the media, which is just as guilty as QAnon, of presenting truth and lies to divide us?”
“If this Congress is to tolerate members that condone riots that have hurt American people … but yet wants to condemn me and crucify me in the public square for words that I said and I regret a few years ago, than I think we are in a real big problem,” she said.
And Greene noted that Democrats and their supporters “want to cancel every Republican,” urging others not to “let the mob win.”
House Republican leadership called on their members to vote against the Democratic resolution to take away her committee assignments.
“The resolution before the House today is not about the comments Representative Greene made in the past but is instead a further infringement upon minority rights which will have a lasting and damaging impact on the institution,” said a notice from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to Republicans.
The move to vote on stripping Greene of her assignments for the remainder of this Congress session has driven a wedge in the GOP. Several top Republicans in the Senate, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement criticizing her.
McConnell on Feb. 2 asserted that she is engaging “loony lies and conspiracy theories” that “are cancer for the Republican Party and our country.” Greene, meanwhile, said the “real cancer” are so-called establishment Republicans.