Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday said that an attempt by some Democrats to expel her from Congress is “very foolish” because she has done “absolutely nothing wrong,” adding that she believes the effort will ultimately fall through.
About 70 House Democrats led by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) signed a resolution last week to expel the embattled lawmaker from office on the grounds that Greene “had previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has since said that she doesn’t agree with the resolution. A two-thirds supermajority is needed to expel a Congress member, meaning that a significant number of Republicans would need to back the Democrat-led effort.
“It would be very foolish for anyone in Congress to expel me when I have done absolutely nothing wrong,” Greene told Newsmax’s “National Review.”
“And if Democrats and Republicans join together to have me expelled for doing nothing wrong, for a few comments on social media, then this is a real precedent that the American people will not stand for, and my district would just reelect me and send me back, so their effort will fail.”
Expulsion is a rare scenario in Congress. A member was last expelled in 2002 when the House voted to force out then-Ohio Democratic Rep. James Traficant after he was convicted of several corruption charges and faced sentencing in prison.
Last month, House Democrats and 11 Republicans voted to remove the newly elected Greene from the House Budget Committee and Education and Labor Committee due to social media posts she made when she was a private citizen.
Gomez has noted that Greene has supported Facebook posts that called for violence against prominent Democratic leaders. Greene has also expressed support for the QAnon movement, which has been labeled by the mainstream media as a fringe conspiracy theory.
QAnon follows clues from cryptic messages posted to anonymous imageboards. A prominent aspect of the theory alleges that global elites are part of a satanic pedophile ring.
Greene has called the movement “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Greene has previously compared the victorious runs for office of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to “an Islamic invasion of our government,” Politico reported.
“The Democrats are just in an outrage constantly over a few things the media has decided to put out a character out of me that they want the public to believe,” Greene told Newsmax on Tuesday. “You see, they didn’t put out the full story about me. They just took a few little things to try to smear me and to try to turn me into someone I’m not.”
“Jimmy Gomez and the Democrats are just carrying on with the same old, same old,” the lawmaker added. “This is just more of the same from the Democrats, and they don’t like me because I refuse to back down and I continue to call them out on their hypocrisy.”
Greene, in an earlier statement to The Epoch Times, described Gomez’s resolution as a move to silence conservative viewpoints.
It isn’t clear whether Gomez’s resolution will be put up for a vote.
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.