In June last year, Marjorie Taylor Greene's Facebook videos surfaced making racist comments. A spokesman for Kevin McCarthy said: “tThese comments are appalling and Leader McCarthy will not tolerate them. “Minority whip Steve Scalise went a step further and threw his support behind Greene's main opponent.
Greene was able to win that primary, however, and she easily won the election to the House of Representatives. More viral videos of Georgia congressmen came to light on Wednesday.
But instead of punishing Greene, she was on that House Education and Labor Committee. That refusal to convict Greene shows, according to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that the QAnon wing now controls the Republican caucus.
The New York Congresswoman told MSNBC's Chris Hayes:
“Unfortunately, it seems increasingly that Kevin McCarthy is responding to these QAnon congressmen in the House Republican Caucus, not the other way around. And that's something that needs to be said frankly – he said he would pull Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene aside after putting aside her comments to Parkland activists and comments that Muslim Americans should not serve fully and freely in the home You have to be forced to swear on a Bible, etc. "
Ocasio Cortez concluded: "It means that silence is acceptance, and they want it because they know there is a core that enlivens the political energy for them. And that is extremely dangerous – an extremely dangerous threshold that we have crossed because now we no longer have to act out of loyalty to your President, whom you had in the Oval Office, and now we are talking about loyalty to white supremacist organizations as a political tool . ”
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