McCarthy condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene remarks but doesn't mention punishment

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declined Wednesday to commit to any sort of punishment for Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene over her history of incendiary comments. Instead, he blasted Democrats for “choosing to raise the temperature” by moving towards kicking her off her committee assignments. 

McCarthy said in a statement that he’s met with Greene over her her “past statements” and said he holds her to her words and actions going forward, but made no comments to indicate he or the steering committee will look to move Greene from her committee assignments. The House Rules Committee voted to advance a resolution to strip Greene of her committees Wednesday, paving the way for a final vote in the full House on Thursday.

“I understand that Marjorie’s comments have caused deep wounds to many and as a result, I offered Majority Leader Hoyer a path to lower the temperature and address these concerns,” McCarthy said. “Instead of coming together to do that, the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party.”

McCarthy then pivoted from Greene, suggesting Democrats have failed to police their own ranks. 

“While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants,” McCarthy continued. 

Greene has been at the center of controversy since her first days in Congress, but Democrats have called for the Georgia congresswoman to be punished after it was recently revealed she peddled conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terror attacks and the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. CNN also uncovered social media activity in which Greene appeared to support comments that called for executing top Democrats, while Facebook posts uncovered last year appear to show her making anti-Semitic comments.

Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went after McCarthy by labeling him “Q-CA,” meaning QAnon-California, in an effort to tie him to Greene. 

McCarthy did say in his statement that “past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” adding, “I condemn those comments unequivocally.”

Melissa Quinn contributed to this report. 

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