President Nancy Pelosi on Thursday berated Republican House leaders for appointing Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene to serve on the Education and Labor Committee, despite Ms. Greene’s earlier false claims that fatal school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, were held.
Ms Greene, a first-term Georgian congresswoman with a history of supporting the pro-Trump movement QAnon, wrote on Facebook in 2018 that she agreed with one of her followers that the Parkland massacre which has killed 17 students was a “false flag”. event, a term used by conspiracy theorists to describe an act committed by one group – usually the government – for which another group is blamed.
In a video posted to YouTube in 2020 by her campaign, Ms Greene followed and harassed David Hogg, a Parkland survivor who was visiting Capitol Hill to lobby for gun safety measures. In the video, Ms Greene demanded he explain why he was “using children” to advance his cause, shouted that she was allowed to carry a gun and called him a “coward”.
Republican leaders announced this week that Ms Greene will be part of the House education panel.
At a press conference Thursday, Ms Pelosi expressed concern that Republican House leaders were comfortable assigning Ms Greene to the education committee “when she laughed at the murder of small children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she mocked the murder of high school teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“What could they think – or think a word too generous for what they could do?” Ms. Pelosi said. “It is absolutely appalling.”
Ms Pelosi appeared to have been referring in part to a report last week from Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, which said Ms Greene commented approvingly on Facebook in 2018 to a user who claimed the shooting at the The 2012 Newtown school, in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 small children, was staged. “This is all true,” Ms. Greene replied, according to the report, although the post appears to have been deleted.
Ms Greene’s penchant for conspiracy theories has created an enigma for Republican leaders and has privately infuriated many of her rank-and-file colleagues, who are upset with many of her comments as well as the flood of negative press they have attracted.
A spokesman for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, told Axios this week that Facebook posts recently posted by Ms Greene and reported by CNN, in which she discussed the execution of senior Democratic politicians , including Ms. Pelosi, were “deeply disturbing. . A spokesperson said Mr McCarthy was planning to “have a conversation” with her about them.