Congressman Jimmy Gomez of California announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a resolution to expel freshman Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House.
“Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,” Gomez said in a statement. “And it is with their safety in mind, as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country, that I call on my House colleagues to support my resolution to immediately remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from this legislative body.”
Gomez tweeted about his intentions late Wednesday.
I don’t need to explain why @RepMTG is a clear and present danger to Congress and our democracy. She did it herself.
And she must go.
I’m introducing a resolution to expel her from Congress immediately: https://t.co/45KyC59WDU
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) January 28, 2021
Other members of the House are joining Gomez in calling for Greene’s expulsion if she doesn’t immediately tender her resignation.
Words have consequences. @RepMTG should resign. If she doesn't, Congress needs to expel her. If you don't understand that calling for the murder of political rivals is a threat to democracy, you shouldn't be allowed to represent one. https://t.co/jeEtIP0NMV
— Rep. Jake Auchincloss (@RepAuchincloss) January 27, 2021
Greene is facing a backlash after a CNN review of Greene’s Facebook page showed that in recent years she had liked posts calling for violence against prominent Democrats while promoting extremist conspiracy theories. On Wednesday, a video of Greene harassing Parkland survivor David Hogg went viral, which only added to the calls for her immediate resignation. I personally have called Greene’s office on more than one occasion, including Wednesday when I spoke with the man who answers her phone and he adamantly insisted she has no plans to resign.
Greene has repeatedly come under fire for her past support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, liked comments that said that “a bullet to the head would be quicker” than removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and that “through removal or death, doesn’t matter, as long as [Pelosi] goes.”
Greene has taken down many of the Facebook statuses linked in our story, including calling @davidhogg111 "little Hitler," and saying "bingo" that he is "bought and paid little pawn" when someone called him a "paid actor."
Greene previously agreed Parkland was a false flag. pic.twitter.com/jJjJX86HEM
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 27, 2021
Greene also responded to a user who suggested that former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be hanged by saying: “Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.”
This woman should be on a watch list. Not in Congress. https://t.co/ULwJ2lBpld
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2021
Republican leaders have also taken note. Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, told Axios that McCarthy finds the remarks “deeply disturbing” and “plans to have a conversation” with Greene about them.
Republican leaders condemned Greene’s past remarks when she was a candidate before they embraced her after she won her primary. Now, some are suggesting that McCarthy should strip Greene of her committee assignments, as he did to Steve King in 2019 after comments King made about white supremacy surfaced.
Greene continued using inflammatory rhetoric toward her political opponents Wednesday.
After Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., said that her comments were “dangerous and unacceptable for a member of Congress” and that “this extreme and violent rhetoric only fans the flames of division, and we’ve just seen how deadly those flames can be,” Greene called Warnock, a Baptist minister, a “heretic” for his liberal positions on abortion and LGBTQ rights.