Los Angeles Rep. Jimmy Gomez plans to introduce a resolution to remove Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress following reports that she advocated violence against her political enemies on social media—in particular, “liking” the suggestion that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be shot. The Democrat from California’s 34th Congressional District announced his intentions Wednesday, the day after CNN revealed disturbing lowlights from Green’s dark social media history, Politico reports.
In a January 2019 Facebook post, Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” regarding removing Pelosi from office, while in another post Greene gave the thumbs-up to comments about murdering “deep state” FBI agents. And when, in 2018, her conspiracy theory about Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal led one commenter to ask, “Now when do we get to hang [Obama and Hillary Clinton]?” Greene gave a chilling response:
“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.”
Gomez said in a statement Wednesday evening, “Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
Since it takes a two-thirds vote to toss a member out of the House of Reps and the Democrats have only a ten-member lead in that chamber, Gomez’s resolution will likely go nowhere, but he explained his reasoning to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Thursday.
“I was always taught that when you’re in the house you should vote your district and you vote your conscience, and I believe that’s the same thing with legislation,” he said. “This is a vote of conscience. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a danger not only to myself but also to every member of Congress. She peddles in lies and conspiracy theories, and she tries to divide the American public.”
One example Gomez cited of Greene’s dangerous behavior is her habit of trying to sidestep Capitol metal detectors, saying, “She is not following the House rules, trying to go around the magnetometers. She is someone that has to be removed for the sake of the House, but also for the sake of civil discourse in this country.”
Asked if he sincerely believes that serving with Greene means risking his life, Gomez replied, “She brings guns to the House office building, so I do believe she’s very, very dangerous.”
And Gomez means it when he says he votes his district. On Thursday, he sought to gage his constituents’ feelings about his proposal by sending them an email survey asking, “Do you support expelling Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?”
Gomez also shared his thoughts on Twitter, writing,
“@RepMTG ’s presence in Congress is dangerous, plain and simple. And she must be expelled.”
She breaks House rules.
She peddles lies and vile conspiracy theories.
She helped incite a domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.@RepMTG’s presence in Congress is dangerous, plain and simple. And she must be expelled.
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) January 28, 2021
Gomez, meanwhile, is certainly not the only person who’d like to see Greene gone.
On Thursday, Pelosi herself tore into Republicans for their silence in the face of the newly elected Congresswoman.
“What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” she said at her weekly press conference.
Pelosi also went after Greene for repeatedly referring to mass shootings as “false flag” operations, including a 2019 video in which Greene accosted Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on his way talk to DC lawmakers about gun control, calling him a “coward” and saying, “He can’t say one word because he can’t defend his stance.”
“Assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school—what could they be thinking?” Pelosi asked. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing? It’s absolutely appalling, and I think the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children.”
Hogg has called on Kevin McCarthy to strip Greene of her committee assignments. Other Parkland survivors are demanding her resignation.
A spokesman for McCarthy called Greene’s statements “deeply disturbing” and said the California Republican “plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”
Greene said in a statement to Politico, “Democrats and their spokesmen in the Fake News Media will stop at nothing to defeat conservative Republicans.”