House Democrats on Thursday voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) from her seat on the Education and Labor Committee for publishing bigoted posts on social media, spreading conspiracy theories, and calling for the deaths of Democratic politicians. The tally was 230 to 199, with 11 Republicans voting with Democrats.
The vote, which comes just before former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin, also revealed a striking level of hypocrisy on the Democrats’ part. It demonstrates that hearings such as these will never actually be used to ensure appropriate behavior as long as they are only used to score political points.
House GOP Points Out Hypocrisy
Days before the vote, House Republicans introduced an amendment to the measure to also strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of her committee assignments due to her history of making anti-Semitic remarks. The lawmaker has been the frequent subject of criticism for comments made before and after she took office.
Fox News reported that “a proposed GOP-backed amendment to that measure calls for Omar, frequently identified as a member of the ‘Squad’ of progressive Democrats, to be removed from her committee assignments ‘in light of conduct she has exhibited.'”
Needless to say, the Democrats did not vote to punish Rep. Omar for her remarks, nor did they even entertain such a notion. When her comments first made the news, Democrats rallied to defend her.
Rep. Greene’s Controversial History
While the Democrats’ vote to remove Greene from her committee assignment is clearly politically-motivated, it does not mean that the representative’s social media posts are any better than Omar’s comments. In one post, Greene suggested that the Rothschild family was responsible for starting wildfires using space lasers.
The Times of Israel reported:
“In the post, the freshman congresswoman from Georgia theorized that the Rothschild family was involved in starting California wildfires using lasers from space. Invoking conspiratorial control by the Rothschild banking family over world events is a centuries-old anti-Semitic stereotype, and it is also a theme in the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory that Greene has promoted.”
Several Jewish organizations have slammed Greene for her statements. The Republican Jewish Coalition released a statement denouncing the lawmaker and stating that it is “working closely with the House Republican leadership regarding next steps” in demonstrating that she is “far outside the mainstream of the Republican Party.”
Greene has argued that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a part of a government conspiracy and that the mass school shootings at Parkland and Sandy Hook were staged. She is also accused of calling for the killings of Democratic politicians like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and of liking posts from other users calling for violence against elected officials.
Proceedings like this are essentially meaningless in an age where people do not care about the behavior of elected officials unless they are on the opposing political side. American politics has grown disturbingly partisan over the past decade to the point that hearings like this are not taken seriously. Republicans will always protect Republican officials. Democrats will never vote to punish a Democratic politician. In an environment in which a politician who engages in questionable behavior will only be held accountable if the opposite party is in power, it just provides more cover for those who might become corrupt.
When people in power know that they are less likely to be punished for abusing their authority, it will no doubt impact the populace in a negative way. The only people who benefit from hyperpartisanship are the elites who practice their skullduggery while the citizenry is busy fighting for team red or team blue.
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