During a speech on the House floor, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended herself against Democrats seeking to strip her of committee assignments. In the speech Greene, who has made past comments on QAnon conspiracy theories insisted those statements are a part of her past and do not reflect who she is today.
Fox News reports:
Greene, a freshman rep from Northwest Georgia, sought to introduce herself to the House as a “very regular American” who didn’t trust the government and media and went down a wrong path with QAnon conspiracies that she now regrets.
“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions … and talk about them. And that is absolutely what I regret. If it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that I liked in 2018, I wouldn’t be standing here today,” Greene said. “And you couldn’t point a finger, and accuse me of anything wrong. Because I’ve lived a very good life that I’m proud and my family’s proud of.”
Greene said she’s since “walked away” from QAnon and when she ran for Congress in 2020 she never campaigned on any of the conspiracies that she posted about in 2018.
About half the Republicans in the room rose and gave her a standing ovation following her Wednesday speech, three Republicans told Fox News. However, others weren’t convinced she took full responsibility for her statements that have caused a headache for plenty of swing-district Republicans who don’t want to be tied to any of Greene’s conspiracy theories. “She’s just bats–t crazy,” one Republican told Fox News.
Republicans have been careful not to defend Greene’s past remarks but have refused to strip her of committee assignments pointing out a number of Democrats who have also made offensive statements in the past but saw little-to-no consequence.