Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) only introduced his bill to expel his QAnon-loving Republican colleague from Georgia, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, from Congress a few days ago, and already the proposed legislation has garnered 63 co-sponsors from those who serve alongside the conspiracy theory-minded congresswoman and are appalled at her long history of deplorable conduct both online and in person.
Rep. Gomez introduced his bill last Wednesday and cited “numerous reports revealing her repeated endorsements of sedition, domestic terrorism, and political violence” as his motivation for the rarely used move to remove a sitting legislator from office.
In fact, since the end of the Civil war only two congressmen, both Democrats, have been expelled from Congress, which would make Rep. Greene both the first Republican and the first woman to achieve that level of disrepute if the effort is successful.
“As if it weren’t enough to amplify conspiracy theories that the September 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was staged, a string of recent media reports has now confirmed that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama,” Congressman Gomez said in the press release about his bill.
“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. Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government, 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.”
Among Congressman Gomez’s co-sponsors are some of the most progressive members of the Democratic caucus in the house including such high profile Representatives as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ro Khanna, Ayanna Pressley, and Pramila Jayapal, with more colleagues joining each day as new revelations about Greene’s sordid past emerge.
Rep. Gomez celebrated his momentum in a tweet that named his co-sponsors to date and provided an emphatic reason for his as yet uncommitted fellow Congresspeople to join them in supporting Greene’s expulsion.
My resolution to expel @RepMTG now has 63 cosponsors, and we’re adding more every single day!
Her open support for political violence toward our peers and promotion of dangerous conspiracy theories disqualifies her to serve in Congress.
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) February 1, 2021
Some of those House colleagues quickly signed on to join the wave of building sentiment of the expulsion movement.
I support @RepJimmyGomez’s legislation to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene. She has spread dangerous conspiracy theories and openly supported violence towards fellow Members of Congress. She is unfit to serve. https://t.co/64HJVzCBXg
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) February 1, 2021
A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway. She targeted me & others on social media.
I'm moving my office away from hers for my team's safety.
I've called for the expulsion of members who incited the insurrection from Day 1. Bring H.Res 25 to a vote.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 29, 2021
While the expulsion of one of their colleagues may seem like an extreme move to many of the Congressional Democrats who have yet to sign onto supporting Rep. Gomez’s bill, Marjorie Taylor Grene’s own previously unthinkable extremism for a sitting member of Congress — worse even than the right-wing insanity that prior deplorable Republican representatives like Steve King have displayed — requires an equally immoderate response.
If your own representative’s name is not on the list of co-sponsors of this bill, call them up today and demand that they make Congress sane again, or at least something closer to it.
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