February 5, 2021

The Greene Standard for Congressional Standing

Hypocritical Democrats violate their own protocols with regular flare.

No member of Congress is allowed to have ever said crazy things. That, evidently, is the new Greene Standard for behavior in America’s legislative body after the House voted 230-199 to strip Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments for things she said and promoted years prior to her election.

As we noted yesterday, we’re not going to bat for what Greene said or posted. Much of it should be shunned and condemned, which she roundly did herself in a speech to Republicans and then to the entire House. “When I started finding misinformation, lies, things that were not true in these QAnon posts, I stopped believing it,” she said. School shootings are “absolutely real,” and 9/11 “absolutely happened,” she added, addressing years-old social media posts expressing doubts or the opposite opinion about those events. “These were words of the past,” she concluded, “and these things do not represent me, they do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values.”

Since her election, Greene has said and promoted nothing bizarre, outlandish, or that could even tendentiously be construed as promoting violence. That’s in stark contrast to a whole host of Democrats.

If Democrats had a shred of decency or consistency, there’d be mass resignations on the left side of the aisle. Of course, we all know there’s no decency or consistency in the Hypocritical Double Standard Party. We also all know that Democrats used this vote — as well as the “incitement” impeachment charade — to tar the entire Republican Party as racist and extremist.

As with other things, Democrats may come to regret the standard they’ve now set.

“I remain profoundly concerned about House Republican leadership’s acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi huffed in highlighting the Democrats’ real play with the entire GOP. She’s not worried about retribution, though: “If any of our members threaten the safety of other members, we’ll be the first ones to take them off of committee.”

Well, Nancy, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, starting with stepping down yourself. Recall that Pelosi irresponsibly told her constituents that “everything is fine here” in a very public visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early days of the COVID pandemic. How many lives were lost by people who believed her? She led the House impeachment of Trump — twice — for hoax-level claims. She posed for a magazine cover with three other Democrat representatives, two of whom have called for violence, and she circled the wagons for one of them after a series of anti-Semitic comments.

Clearly, Pelosi fails the Greene Standard.

Maxine Waters, the California representative who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, in 2018 infamously called on Democrats to harass Republicans in public places: “If you see anybody from [Trump’s] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!” Waters and her pal Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) have also peddled the conspiracy theory that the CIA funneled crack to black neighborhoods in LA.

And as if on cue, Waters declared just this Tuesday that Trump should “absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder” for the Capitol riot.

Ilhan Omar is, of course, the aforementioned anti-Semite. Yet she declared that calls for her removal from committees based on the Greene Standard to be “a ridiculous distraction” and a “racist, Islamophobic, hateful fueled smear.” False. No one mentioned Omar’s religion in condemning her anti-American and anti-Semitic pronouncements, or her corrupt dealings. She’s dodging culpability by claiming identity victimhood.

Eric Swalwell is still a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence even after revelations that he slept with a Chinese spy.

Kweisi Mfume fumed last summer that the U.S. Postal Service was “hijacking mailboxes off of every corner.” Nancy Pelosi advanced that ludicrous conspiracy theory herself, all while Democrats advanced the real bulk-mail balloting fraud.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lied about being in the Capitol during the riot. She advances nutty conspiracies on social media on a regular basis, and yet she wants a “Ministry of Truth” in Joe Biden’s administration.

We could go on (and on), but you get the idea. It is the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that is the natural home of kooks, liars, and purveyors of so-called violent rhetoric. So if we’re going to start having politicized standards for who has a seat on congressional committees, let’s at least be consistent and shove a few dozen Democrats to the curb.

Footnote: Here are the 11 Republicans who joined every Democrat in voting to strip Greene of her assignments:

Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Fred Upton of Michigan
John Katko of New York
Chris Jacobs of New York
Nicole Malliotakis of New York
Chris Smith of New Jersey
Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida
Carlos Gimenez of Florida
Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida
Young Kim of California
Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania

It’s notable that Liz Cheney of Wyoming voted against punishing Greene. Cheney just survived her own confidence vote among Republicans, and she vigorously condemned Greene.

The New York, New Jersey, and Florida representatives did so because among Greene’s comments were suggestions that 9/11 and the Parkland high school massacre were hoaxes. The others generally represent swing districts, and three are freshmen. Only Kinzinger, Katko, and Upton voted to impeach President Donald Trump. Several of the 11 called on Democrats to apply this standard consistently.

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