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Only 11 Republicans joined the House Democratic majority in stripping QAnon crazy Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her two committees Thursday.

Not surprisingly, Kentucky Republican Reps. James Comer, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers and Andy Barr—Trump toadies all—chose not to make common-cause with Rep. John Yarmuth in deposing Greene. (From Louisville, Yarmuth is the Bluegrass State's sole Democrat in DC.)

The GOP quintet thus proved "with one vote that they are fully surrendering to a radical Q-anon conspiracy theorist who questions the 9/11 attacks, school shootings and so many other terrible incidents in our country's history and whose final goal is the mass execution of Democrats in this country," said a statement from Colmon Elridge, Kentucky Democratic party chair.

Based on Thursday's House vote, kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before enough Republicans will help boost the Democrats to the two-thirds majority required to expel Greene.

Based on Thursday's House vote, kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before enough Republicans will help boost the Democrats to the two-thirds majority required to expel Greene.

But just for fun, turn your clock back 20 years.

Republican George W. Bush is president. Denny Hastert is speaker of the GOP-majority House.

Imagine a loudmouth, loopy left freshman Democrat who's a pusher of kooky conspiracy theories like:

  • Bush and one of his henchmen ritually murdered a young girl and guzzled her blood.
  • Bush had a Republican National Committee staffer bumped off to silence him.
  • Big-time Republicans are running a secret ring of murderous human traffickers and pedophiles.
  • Republican movers-and-shakers, including former President George H.W. Bush and Hastert, plus pro-GOP FBI agents, should be executed.
  • Rich Jews have a secret death ray that starts earthly blazes from outer space.

I'd bet the farm that the Democrats themselves would have moved to expel the nut job in a nano second, and rightly so.

Anyway, Greene is far from the only uber-right-wing crackpot on the GOP side of the aisle. She embraced deadly violence and a slew of weirdo far-right conspiracy claptrap such as: 

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  • Hillary Clinton and a longtime aide teamed up in a Satanic ritual to murder a young girl and chug her blood.
  • Clinton had DNC staffer Seth Ritch assassinated to shut him up over the Russian-hacked DNC emails in 2016.
  • Well-heeled, powerful Democrats boss a clandestine cabal of human-traffickers and pedophiles who kill kids.
  • A Jewish space laser set the 2018 California wildfires.

There's a lot more. For instance, avid Facebook fan Greene liked a post that suggested "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to oust current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She also liked other posts that proposed hanging Barack Obama and Clinton and putting to death "Deep State" FBI agents who are supposedly anti-Trump.

Today, anxious to save her committee seats, Greene offered her version of a mea culpa on the House floor.

"But while she claimed that her past social media posts '[do] not represent my values,' she didn’t actually apologize for them, saying only that she 'was allowed to believe things that weren’t true,'" wrote Huffington Post reporter David Moye. 

Moye quoted RawStory and CNN's Gloria Borger.

"Greene’s non-apologetic apology didn’t explain why, if she didn’t believe QAnon theories after 2018, she shouted conspiratorial accusations at Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg in 2019 and cited conspiracy theories on the House floor this year contending that she was being censored," RawStory posited.

Borger proposed that Greene's speech "wasn’t about making amends to people hurt by her comments-which is, after all, the point of an apology-"; instead, Greene tried to “make herself a ‘cancel culture’ victim in the Republican Party.”

The Twittersphere was mostly unimpressed with Greene's remarks, according to Moye. Skeptics included my fellow Kentuckian Rex Chapman, a UK Wildcat basketball legend: "Mitch McConnell was fine with Marjorie Taylor Greene when her name was Donald Trump."

Melissa Ryan tweeted that "QAnon devotees harassed me in September of 2020. One of them was Marjorie Taylor Greene who was then a candidate for Congress. The idea that she's since denounced QAnon is absurd."

Oh, I almost forgot. The other day, majority-turned-minority leader Mitch McConnell, calculatingly righteous, chastised Greene for pushing “loony lies and conspiracies" and "not living in reality." She's a “cancer for the Republican Party,” he said.

"This is not, as you might be led to believe, a battle for the soul of the Republican Party," Paul Waldman wrote in The Washington Post. "McConnell does not want to banish loons and conspiracy theorists from the GOP, because even if he were capable of doing so (which he isn’t), it would mean a dramatic reduction in the size of the party’s base and consequently its ability to win elections.

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"McConnell and the rest of the party leadership don’t want to lose the loons, they just want them to be quiet."

Berry Craig