WSPY News: Kinzinger Explains Vote to Strip Congresswoman Who Supported Conspiracy Theories of Her Committee Assignments

Congressman Adam Kinzinger explained his vote to remove a controversial Republican from her committees last week. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is a freshman Republican from Georgia who has drawn bipartisan criticism for her past support of conspiracy theories.

As recently as 2018, Greene was a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and others. Greene is also said to have "liked" posts calling for violence against Democrats.

Greene has since distanced herself from QAnon and other conspiracy theories. Usually, political parties discipline their own members while the opposing party stays out of it. House Republicans decided against punishing Greene and House Democrats took the extraordinary step of using their majority to punish a member of the minority party. Some Republicans have stated that this move will start a dangerous new precedent.

Greene has since distanced herself from QAnon and other conspiracy theories. Usually, political parties discipline their own members while the opposing party stays out of it. This was the case back in 2019 when Republicans removed Iowa congressman Steve King from his committee assignments after he made racist comments. However, House Republicans have decided against punishing Greene and House Democrats took the extraordinary step of using their majority to punish a member of the minority party. Some Republicans have stated that this move will start a dangerous new precedent.

Kinzinger joined only ten other House Republicans in voting to strip Greene from her committee assignments, essentially barring the congresswoman from having input in crafting any legislation.

The six-term congressman took to Twitter to explain his vote, responding to a tweet from Greene bragging about the amount of free time she will now have. His tweet read: "This is why I voted yes. There is no remorse here for her past comments. Just a huge desire to be famous."

 

More from this article, including soundbites from the Congressman, can be found on the WSPY News website here.


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  • Maura Gillespie
    published this page in News 2021-02-22 14:14:41 -0600