The House of Representatives rightfully voted to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from her committee assignments. This decision comes after her inflammatory behavior was revealed online over the past few weeks. Among other incidents, Greene was caught harassing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on the anniversary of the tragedy, spewing hateful and inciteful speech before and during the Capitol Riots, and promoting debunked QAnon and anti-semitic conspiracy theories to her constituents. It is disheartening that only 11 Republicans voted in favor of this motion. But what about the 61 Republicans who voted to strip Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) of her GOP leadership post because of her vote to impeach Trump?
Cheney refused to recant her vote for impeachment, calling it a “vote of conscience” on her behalf. But Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), in a typical Trumpian cult-like fashion, characterized the Cheney vote as a “battle for the soul of the Republican party.” The not-so-subtle similarity to President Joe Biden’s campaign catchphrase is apparent.
After delivering a flurry of insults, Greene promised that her removal from congressional assignments “freed” her time to continue supporting former President Donald Trump. It is concerning that this long-overdue accountability emboldened Greene’s campaign against Democrats and moderate Republicans and skyrocketed her popularity among the pro-Trump base. Have we created a new face to head the conservative beast? Deemed a martyr and hero for her “determined efforts,” she raised over $1 million from grass-roots campaign fundraising.
A question arises: Where are the Republican leaders during all of these months of messy recriminations? Well, besides House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). He visited the ostentatious Mar-a-Largo to see Trump, where he “bent his leg” on his less than firm condemnation of Trump as “bearing responsibility” for the storming of the Capitol. One private plane and a maskless meeting later, McCarthy chose systematic inaction, reneging on his previous sentiment when urged to punish Greene for her wrongdoings.
Following the election, people hoped that the GOP congressional leadership finally opened their eyes to the damage of Trump and his chaotic legacy—Trumpism has already left an indelible mark on our nation and the Republican party. But only a few weeks after the deadly insurrection, Republican leaders like McConnell, Graham, and McCarthy went back on their word. A select few moderate Republicans are still scrambling to restore some semblance of normalcy and decency.