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Democrats struggle to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. Dan Bishop (L) talks with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on the House steps at the US Capitol on March 11, 2021 in Washington, DC.

If four years of Trump bulldozing through the Constitution -- and the institutions protecting it -- were not proof enough that there is no accountability in the US power structure, the Democrats’ failure to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene throws more light on the state of the American government.

Greene is a known conspiracy theorist and QAnon supporter who is serving as the Republican representative for Georgia's 14th congressional district since early January. The staunch Trump’s fan has also a history of supporting violence against prominent Democrats.

On Friday, Democrat Jimmy Gomez formally introduced a resolution to expel Greene from Congress, but the party has been trying to do so since she sworn in early January but the GOP doesn’t budge.

"I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body. And I'm not saying this for shock value. It's the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the Speaker and our government," Gomez said on the House floor.

"I take no joy in introducing this resolution," Gomez continued. "But any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled. And I'll do everything I can in my power to protect our democracy and keep all my colleagues safe."

Gomez first announced in January that he was planning an expulsion resolution against Greene, but did not formally introduce it until Friday.

House Democrats, along with about a dozen Republicans, voted last month to strip Greene of her seats on the Budget and the Education and Labor committees in response to her past apparent endorsements of political violence as well as her suggestions that school shootings and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were staged. But many Democrats like Gomez want to remove Greene from Congress altogether.

The House has only ever expelled five members in its history, and the bar to expel a member from the House is high, a two-thirds majority. According to Gomez's office, more than 70 Democrats have signed on to the expulsion resolution so far.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference that Gomez's resolution doesn't reflect leadership's position, but, “members are very unhappy about what happened here and they can express themselves the way they do. What Mr. Gomez did is his own view."

"There is nothing more threatening to Democrats than strong Republican Women!" Greene said in a statement on Friday. "Democrats are trying [to] overturn the will of the People who voted for both myself and Congresswoman Miller-Meeks. House Democrats have declared war on House Republican Women!"

QAnon is an officially discredited extrimist conspiracy theory that the world is run by a secret circle of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles.

Moreover, the adherents of QAnon claim that this circle has plotted against Trump. They also predicted that Trump would not leave the office on January20. Instead, according to them, he would announce martial law and arrest all the members of the Democratic Party, including Joe Biden. When the prophecy didn't come true, they changed the date from January 20 to March 4, the original inauguration day for all the presidents since 1933. Perhaps, they are thinking over a new date at the moment.

While the FBI has labeled QAnon as a potential domestic terror threat, Trump has refused to disavow the group.


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