22 June, 2021

Greene House Effect

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the newly elected Republican House representative in the US, ticks all the wrong boxes: she has racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamist views. Can the Democrats get rid of her?

Greene House Effect

Democrats are mounting an effort to formally rebuke Marjorie Taylor Greene, a newly-elected Republican House representative from Georgia with a history of making racist remarks, embracing conspiracy theories and endorsing violence directed at Democrats. Some Democrats have called for expelling Greene from the House—an unlikely outcome that would require backing from Republicans, since expulsion requires a two-thirds vote. Another option is censure, reports the Associated Press.

Democrats’ willingness to act against a member of the opposing party underscores their desire to confront far-right politicians, like Greene, who are closely aligned with some of former president Donald Trump’s fringe supporters, including extremist groups that were involved in the violent Capitol insurrection. It also shines a light on the GOP’s reluctance to punish Trump supporters in their ranks for fear of alienating some of the former president’s most ardent voters.

The Georgia Republican has expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theories, which focus on...

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