Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene continues to face backlash for her prior support of absurd conspiracy theories like QAnon: the delusion that a covert network of satanic cannibal pedophiles secretly controls the United States government, and that former President Donald Trump was sent to expose them.
In recent weeks, Greene's resurfaced social media posts have caused a stir for her apparent support for executing her now-colleagues, and deranged ideas that Democrats secretly coordinate school shootings to weaken Second Amendment support, that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton murders children and drinks their blood, and that the devastating California wildfires were caused by space lasers operated by the Rothschild family.
Greene's antics before and after her election have been decried by Democrats as dangerous, and pressure is mounting on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to substantively hold her to account. In addition to legislation that would expel Greene from Congress, Democrats have filed House Resolution 72, which would strip Greene of her House committee assignments, including the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently suggested Greene's lunacy was a "cancer" for the Republican party, writing in a statement:
"Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country. Somebody who's suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.'s airplane is not living in reality."
Greene countered McConnell's rebuke by saying that the "real cancer" for the Republican party was the willingness of its members to "lose gracefully."
Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is using McConnell's words to turn up the pressure on McCarthy, awarding him a brutal new nickname in the process.
When Mitch McConnell — who lives by Pres. Reagan’s rule on never speaking ill of another Republican — warns of a “c… https://t.co/jGFv7kReP0— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1612276159.0
In the tweet, Pelosi referred to McCarthy as "Qevin McCarthy" and listed his political party as "Q," an allusion to the QAnon conspiracy theorists he's been accused of embracing with his leniency toward Greene.
People were living for Pelosi's trolling.
Quevin McCarthy! 🔥 I am here for this shade from Nancy! https://t.co/qiTsgYQgEy— Emily Thies (@Emily Thies) 1612284358.0
I love @SpeakerPelosi! Qevin McCarthy Q-CA Omg! https://t.co/6Mf0BAiy9g— Mya (@Mya) 1612285622.0
I am so here for the Nancy shade. She said Qevin, y'all. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/sEBbe37SBt— Jami Smith (@Jami Smith) 1612277844.0
Welp! https://t.co/LjeLDgAntx— Leaundra Ross 💙💛 (@Leaundra Ross 💙💛) 1612295977.0
'Qevin McCarthy, Q-CA' - tweet of the season! https://t.co/dbmYUPNFGE— Taber Fellows (@Taber Fellows) 1612323377.0
McCarthy reportedly pitched removing Greene from one committee—the Committee on Education and Labor—but allowing her to keep her spot on the Budget Committee, a bargain that he hoped would avoid a floor vote on H.R. 72.
The idea isn't a popular one, and Pelosi isn't the only one calling on McCarthy to get his house in order.
Kevin McCarthy, when Steve King praised white supremacy: “That language has no place in America," stripped committe… https://t.co/pX9UJq20Pc— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@Edward-Isaac Dovere) 1611756659.0
GOP leadership will not (and likely cannot) draw the line at Marjorie Taylor Greene because they need the base vote… https://t.co/LzczDosdXZ— Max Steele (@Max Steele) 1611955894.0
The idea of trading removal from one committee to avoid a floor vote stripping Marjorie Taylor Greene of two assign… https://t.co/oNEavcu0ei— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller) 1612361999.0
Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell’s tepid slaps on the wrist to Marjorie Taylor Greene while keeping her on commit… https://t.co/66F8UML7xR— Kim Mangone (@Kim Mangone) 1612329380.0
On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that McCarthy's inaction had left him no choice:
"I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments."
H.R. 72 is expected to go to a floor vote on Thursday.