Republican Sen. Mitt Romney called QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘kook,’ while fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham gave Greene some wiggle room to explain some of her past comments, which feature conspiracy theories, racism and anti-Semitic dog whistles.
Romney told Capitol Hill reporters Tuesday that ‘our party isn’t big enough to have both conservatives and kooks.’
Graham, on the other hand, said he wanted to make sure some of Greene’s social media content, which has been under fire for the past week, hasn’t been ‘manipulated.’
Sen. Mitt Romney (left) called QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘kook,’ while Sen. Lindsey Graham said he traveled with Greene to Georgia last month and had a ‘very pleasant experience,’ before suggesting that some of her postings could have been ‘manipulated’
Republican senators were split Tuesday on their views of QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who Democrats want to see stripped of her committee assignments. A number of stunning claims Greene has made have been exposed over the past week
‘I rode down with her to Georgia,’ Graham said, referencing the trip he took with the Greene and then President Donald Trump on January 4, for a rally supporting the two GOP Senate candidates who lost their run-off races the next day. ‘Had a very pleasant experience,’ Graham said of Greene.
‘Are these postings accurate? I want to hear from her. Before I want to judge what to do about her, I want to know what the facts are. If these are not accurate postings they’ve been manipulated, I’d like to know that,’ Graham continued. ‘If they are accurate, do you still hold these beliefs?’
Last Tuesday, CNN reported that Greene had liked and responded to posts on Facebook that indicated she supported executing top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In response, Greene attacked the media and also said that she wasn’t always in charge of her Facebook page.
Since then, a number of controversial posts and videos have come out.
In one video, Greene is seen charging after Parkland survivor and gun control activist David Hogg, asking him why he’s attacking her Second Amendment rights.
This was released alongside posts that show Greene saying she believed school shootings like Parkland and Sandy Hook were ‘false flag’ operations.
These statements compelled Pelosi to lash out at Republican leadership for placing Greene on the committee that deals with education.
Democrats are currently engaged in an effort to get Greene stripped of her committee assignments.
In similar fashion, she’s suggested there wasn’t evidence that a plane hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
In a Facebook post found by Media Matters, Greene pushed out a convulated conspiracy theory on how California’s Camp Fire got started in 2018.
Greene linked then Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to the Rothschilds – in an anti-Semitic slur – to a company she claimed made space lasers – which doesn’t – to burning down acres of California in order to install a high-speed rail project Brown supported.
Most famously, Greene has expressed that she’s a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which centers on Trump making moves against a Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic, child sex trafficking ring filled with Democratic politicians and prominent liberals.
Greene also got into an altercation with fellow freshman lawmaker, Rep. Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat.
Greene has gone after Bush, who is black, saying she is a part of the ‘Black Lives Matter terrorist mob.’
Pelosi helped Bush facilitate an office move.
‘I think we should have nothing to do with Marjorie Taylor Greene, and think we should repudiate the things she said and move away from her,’ Romney advised on Tuesday.
A reporter asked Romney if he was surprised that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned Greene, saying that her ‘loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country.’
Romney expressed that he agreed with McConnell’s actions.
‘I think our long history as a party has shown that it’s important for us to separate ourselves from the people that are the wacky weeds,’ the Utah Republican said. ‘If we don’t, then our opposition tries to brand us with their image and with their point of view, which has been detrimental to any party that doesn’t do that.’
When reporters questioned Graham, one pointed out that Greene was on video making some of these claims.
‘Then she’ll have to tell me if it’s accurate,’ the South Carolina Republican and Trump ally responded. ‘I dont’ know, I hadn’t seen the videos. What’s accurate, what’s not, what position do you have today and if your position is different today, why?’ he said he wanted to ask her.
Greene has said she’s been in contact with Trump and that he ‘100 per cent’ supports her.
During an appearance Tuesday on One America News she said she plans to visit the former president at Mar-a-Lago.