By Duncan Smith
A few days ago, freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia implored GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah to “grow a spine” after he jumped on the Democrats’ bandwagon to criticize her for past — admittedly inappropriate — comments and actions on social media.
It was great advice. Romney won’t, mind you, but other members of the Republican Party appear to have taken the young congresswoman’s advice.
As Democrats gin up a much larger controversy with Greene than, say, one of their own members who has made one anti-Semitic comment after another, they have launched an effort to kick her off her committee assignments.
In response, those Republicans who grew a spine are moving to do the same to Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
The House is set to consider a measure this week that calls for Taylor Greene, a controversial first-term lawmaker known for her support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, from her assignment on the Education and Labor Committee.
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,” Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reported. In the amendment, Republicans argue that Omar has made anti-Semitic comments that are grounds for dismissal. …
In Feb. 2019, Omar triggered an uproar after she wrote, “It's all about the Benjamins baby” in response to a tweet referencing House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy's pledge to take “action” against her over her criticism of Israel. Later, Omar suggested that American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was paying politicians to take a favorable stance toward Israel.
Now, it’s not likely that the GOP effort will succeed because Democrats control the House, albeit by a slim margin.
And yet, it’s important to get efforts like this on the record because it’s not at all certain Democrats will keep control of the lower chamber much longer after losing a lot of ground in the November elections.
After all, precedence is everything.
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