With Expulsion Unlikely, Some Democrats Move To Censure Marjorie Taylor Greene Instead
Democrats and a few Republicans have pushed for the expulsion of Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from Congress after a long list of behaviors and comments, including anti-Semitism and harassment of her colleagues. However, with GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s statement on the matter Tuesday, it appears increasingly unlikely that Republicans will cooperate in such a measure. Now some Democrats are calling for censure instead.
Via The Recount, the MSNBC clip below features Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL). Asked about Greene’s behavior, he says, “Do I think she should be expelled from the House? Absolutely. But at this moment the tool that we have is censure, and I’m hoping we will bring it to the House floor when we get back.”
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) calls for censure of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) over Holocaust remarks:
“Do I think she should be expelled from the House? Absolutely. But, at this moment, the tool we have is censure.” pic.twitter.com/YZaz5UauSq
— The Recount (@therecount) May 26, 2021
As Politifact explains, a vote to expel Greene would require a 2/3 majority vote, while censure would require only a simple majority. Of course, a censure doesn’t have the benefit of removing an individual from power, but Greene has already been stripped of her Congressional committee assignments, and censure would get Conrgessional disapproval of her behavior on record.
After Greene’s most recent public outrage, in which she was widely condemned (even by many conservatives) for suggesting that mask mandates were the equivalent of the Holocaust, House Minority Leder Kevin McCarthy released a statement.
However, instead of moving to hold Greene responsible for her actions, McCarthy was quick to shift his tone to point fingers at others, claiming, without any supporting evidence, that anti-Semitism is actually coming from Democrats and Nancy Pelosi.
The current partisan makeup of the U.S. House is almost evenly split, with 211 Republicans and 219 Democrats, meaning well over 100 Republicans would have to break with McCarthy to support expulsion — which leaves censure.