“Now I have a lot of free time,” she added, “which means I can speak to a lot more people across the country and talk to more people and make connections and build a huge amount of support. “
Greene’s press conference is the latest flare-up in the week-long Congressman controversy that erupted last Tuesday KFile from CNN and Media affairs for America reported on some of her previous social media activity, which suggests support for the implementation of prominent Democrats and QAnon conspiracy theories.
But Greene’s acceptance of these dangerous claims was publicly known long before her election to Congress last November, and POLITICO reported on a series of Facebook videos back in June last year advocating racist, anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic views.
Although the GOP leadership of the House at the time condemned Greene’s testimony, the national Republicans did little to halt their ascension to the House in the months that followed. And after Greene’s first victory in Congress last August, then-President Donald Trump even praised her as a “future Republican star” on Twitter.
However, recent coverage of Greene’s incendiary rhetoric and bizarre beliefs sparked a new wave of outrage from Democratic lawmakers and Republicans who ranked as high-profile as Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell, who called their “crazy lies and conspiracy theories” “cancer “Designated” for the celebration.
But within the House’s GOP caucus, the controversy exacerbated existing disputes over the party’s direction in the post-Trump era, and emerged when many Conservative members demanded MP Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) – the House Republican No. 3 who voted for Trump’s impeachment – to be removed from leadership.
Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Chairman of the minority House of Representatives, came under particular pressure to resolve the intra-party conflict, while House Democrats warned against removing Greene’s committee duties if he did not do so himself. Green, who sat on the House Education and Labor panel, had suggested prior to her election that the school shootings at Sandy Hook and Parkland were jokes.
McCarthy appeared to be reaching a weak truce among House Republicans on Wednesday when he voted against removing Greene from their committees and defending Cheney from a secret ballot that led to the defeat of efforts to oust her from the GOP leadership .
The House Democrats then followed their threat to revoke Greene’s committee posts on Thursday, and eleven Republicans also backed the resolution to strip the congressmen’s duties.
In a brief speech before the vote, Greene admitted that “school shootings are absolutely real” and that “September 11th absolutely happened,” but did not apologize for her earlier statements. She also compared the American media to QAnon and attacked Big Tech, Cancel Culture and the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Friday, in a question-and-answer session after her press conference, a reporter pressed the congresswoman to see if there was anything in particular that she regretted.
“Oh, of course,” said Greene. “I’m sorry for saying all the things that are wrong and offensive, and I mean that sincerely. And I like to say that. I think it’s good to say when we’ve done something wrong.”