The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments.
Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, has become the subject of huge criticism this week following a series of media reports showing her previous support for conspiracy theories.
HRC is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the U.S. The group issued a statement on Friday saying Greene had supported “sedition and domestic terrorism.”
“The news that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene openly endorsed executing public officials and harassed a teenage victim of gun violence, is deeply disturbing,” HRC president Alphonso David said in a statement.
“Congresswoman Greene has demonstrated her lack of regard for our democracy and its institutions, choosing instead to fan the flames of division and hate — the same elements motivating the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol just three weeks ago.
“There must be consequences for her actions. The Human Rights Campaign calls on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to hold her accountable and remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from all her assigned Congressional committees at the very least,” David said.
“The integrity of our democratic institutions should be important to all elected officials regardless of political party. Accordingly, McCarthy should act – and act urgently.”
Greene currently sits on the House Education and Labor and Budget Committees. McCarthy is facing growing pressure from many quarters to rescind her committee assignments in light of recently resurfaced videos and social media posts.
The freshman representative previously expressed support for the unfounded conspiracy theory that deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were faked.
She was recorded on video following Parkland survivor David Hogg, calling him a “coward” and claiming without evidence that he was funded by billionaire George Soros. And on Facebook, she suggested that the deadly 2018 California wildfires were caused by a Jewish-owned space laser.
Senior Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and members of the House Education Committee, have called on the Republican leadership to act against Greene.
“The bottom line is they’re afraid to stand up, Kevin McCarthy needs to grow a spine for the good of the Republican Party and the good of the country,” Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper on Friday.
It may prove difficult for McCarthy to strip Greene of her committee assignments, however, though he did remove former Congressman Steve King from committees in 2019 following his controversial comments about white nationalism.