WASHINGTON — Someday after the Home voted to banish her from congressional committees, Consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene despatched a defiant message to each events on Friday, warning that the punishment had solely “freed” her to press Republicans additional to the correct and demand on their allegiance to former President Donald J. Trump.
In a wide-ranging information convention in entrance of the Capitol, Ms. Greene, a first-term Republican from Georgia, mentioned that though the Home’s vote on Thursday to take away her from two panels had disadvantaged her constituents of an necessary voice in Congress, it had personally benefited her.
“Going ahead, I’ve been freed,” Ms. Greene mentioned, including, “I’m going to be holding the Republican Get together accountable and pushing them to the correct.”
Ms. Greene’s feedback and dedication to stay within the highlight obliterated no matter hopes Home Republican leaders might have had that she would calm down within the identify of social gathering unity after her rebuke. And it underscored the affect the previous president, who has effusively praised Ms. Greene, nonetheless has over a few of the loudest voices in Congress.
“The social gathering is his,” Ms. Greene mentioned. “It doesn’t belong to anyone else.”
On Thursday, 11 Republicans joined all of the Democrats within the chamber in voting to take away Ms. Greene’s committee assignments, after a stream of social media posts surfaced through which she had endorsed harmful conspiracy theories and political violence, together with the execution of high Democrats.
Consultant Kevin McCarthy, the Home minority chief, had refused to self-discipline her, forcing an uncomfortable vote for Home Republicans, who had to decide on between defending Ms. Greene or alienating their voters who subscribe to comparable beliefs.
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The episode laid naked deep divisions amongst Republicans about methods to transfer ahead as a celebration. Within the days resulting in the vote on Ms. Greene, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, probably the most highly effective Republican in Washington, had denounced her statements, which he referred to as “loony lies,” saying such conspiracy theories had been a “most cancers” on the social gathering.
A number of different high Republican senators had joined him in censuring Ms. Greene and saying she couldn’t develop into the face of the social gathering.
Ms. Greene has proven various levels of contrition for her previous embrace of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy motion, and for her earlier feedback, which included endorsing the killing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, falsely suggesting that a number of mass shootings had been secretly perpetrated by authorities actors and spreading a variety of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic conspiracy theories.
In emotional remarks on the Home flooring, Ms. Greene expressed remorse on Thursday for a few of her earlier feedback and disavowed a lot of her most outlandish and repugnant statements. She admitted, as an illustration, that the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults occurred, however didn’t apologize, saying that she had been “allowed to consider issues that weren’t true.”
Requested by a CNN reporter on Friday if she would apologize for a few of her most offensive feedback made earlier than she was elected to Congress, Ms. Greene initially as a substitute demanded that the reporter provide an apology for the community’s protection of the Trump-Russia investigation.
However when one other journalist pressed her, she supplied her first unequivocal apology up to now.
“In fact I’m sorry for saying all these issues which might be incorrect and offensive,” Ms. Greene mentioned. “And I sincerely imply that, and I’m completely satisfied to say that. I feel it’s good to say after we’ve carried out one thing incorrect.”
However hours earlier than, she had sounded a unique tone.
“I wakened early this morning actually laughing enthusiastic about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,” she wrote on Twitter. “On this Democrat tyrannical authorities, Conservative Republicans don’t have any say on committees anyway. Oh that is going to be enjoyable!”
Glenn Thrush contributed reporting.