Republicans in Washington may speak constantly of accountability, but when it comes to holding their own party members to any kind of standard, it seems there is no low too low.
Case in point?
Freshman Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. In a closed-door meeting Wednesday amid the QAnon adherent's multiple overlapping scandals—including one involving her past support of calls for Democratic politicians' execution—it seemed accountability was not on the table
Instead, her Republican colleagues reportedly gave her a standing ovation.
The moment came during a private meeting among Republicans about whether to strip House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney of her position for supporting former Republican President Donald Trump's second impeachment.
So there is a standard for accountability after all, it seems—betraying Trump.
Everything else is fair game, however.
Greene has been embroiled in multiple scandals since she took office at the beginning of January. She is one of many GOP politicians who seemed to openly incite the January 6 coup attempt at the Capitol, and many believe she was part of a suspected group of Republican members of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection.
That would be bad enough for most people, it would seem, but since January 6 Greene's unfitness for public office has become more and more manifest.
In a move many have called Islamophobic, Greene demanded in January 2019 that Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, both Muslims, retake their oaths of office on a Christian Bible, falsely claiming that to do so on the Quran is illegal.
And resurfaced social media posts and videos have shown Greene claiming Jews intentionally set the 2018 California wildfires using "Jewish space lasers," stalking and harassing Parkland shooting victim David Hogg, and most disturbingly, supporting calls to execute Democratic politicians.
According to sources, Greene apologized to her colleagues in the closed-door meeting, but House Minority Leader, Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, has publicly confirmed that he and his party will take no punitive measures against her.Instead, Greene has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee.
On Twitter, many people were disturbed by news of the standing ovation.
While Republicans refuse to punish Greene, she is expected to be stripped of her committee seats when the full House of Representatives, in which Democrats hold the majority, votes on the matter late Thursday.