Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) mentioned Sunday that Republican management ought to take a stand in opposition to “totally unacceptable” conduct from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), and recommended it may very well be acceptable to strip her of her committee assignments.
Portman, who not too long ago introduced he won’t search reelection in 2022, was requested in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” if he helps punishing Greene. The House Republican and QAnon conspiracy theorist has been below hearth over previous social media exercise, wherein she appeared to endorse violence in opposition to outstanding Democrats. She additionally expressed help for conspiracy theories purporting that a number of mass shootings had been staged, and was seen on video harassing a faculty capturing survivor.
“I think Republican leaders ought to stand up and say it’s totally unacceptable,” Portman mentioned.
“There is no place for violence in our political dialogue,” he added. “By the way, there is no place for violence in our country. I mean, this is something that we have got to get away from. So, yes, I think people ought to speak out clearly.”
Asked if Greene ought to lose her seat on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Portman mentioned he “wouldn’t be surprised if that happens.”
“You know, I think that is the way to send a message. The voters who elected her in her district in Georgia ought to be respected. On the other hand, when that kind of behavior occurs, there has to be a strong response,” he mentioned.
Portman additionally provided phrases of help to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who was considered one of 10 Republicans to vote to question former President Donald Trump on expenses of incitement to revolt over his position within the Capitol riot. There has been outcry from various pro-Trump Republicans over her place, and a few have referred to as for her to be eliminated as House Republican Conference Chair.
Meanwhile, most Republicans have been silent on Greene. A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Axios the congressman deliberate to talk with Greene in regards to the “deeply disturbing” feedback. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, an outspoken anti-Trump Republican, has additionally referred to as for Greene to be stripped of her committee assignments.
Democrats have demanded she face repercussions for her actions, and more than 50 have signed a decision calling for her expulsion from Congress. However, with a two-thirds vote wanted to take action, it’s unlikely Greene will probably be eliminated.
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