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Pelosi Slams GOP Leaders For Putting Congresswoman Who Claimed Sandy Hook Was Hoax On Education Committee

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Freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is already facing loud calls for resignation during her first weeks in office.

Though outrage at her position was already present when she was elected due to false claims about the Presidential election, she became an even more divisive figure when it was uncovered she previously spread conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting.

Resurfaced social media posts show Greene falsely claimed the shooting was a hoax. Other posts also revealed that she expressed support for the execution of Democrats in Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

A video also recently resurfaced of Greene harassing Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on the street, calling him a "coward" who was "funded by George Soros."

As each of these controversies became known, calls for Greene to be held accountable intensified.

But Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has shown no sign of punishing the Congresswoman. In fact, he awarded her an important seat on the House's Education Committee.

Nancy Pelosi commented on Greene's appointment during a press conference on Thrusday, January 28, saying:

"Assigning [Greene] to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school -- what could they be thinking?"
"Or is thinking too generous of a word for what they might be doing? It's absolutely appalling, and I think the focus has to be on the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the deaths of those children."


Pelosi also spoke about Greene and other Republican politicians' role in inciting the January 6 insurrection, commenting:

"The enemy is within the House of Representatives. We have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence against other members."



In a particularly stunning step, Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia, chair of the House's Education Committee, issued a statement denouncing Greene's appointment. In it, he wrote:

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy must explain how someone with this background represents the Republican party on education issues."



Twitter users were supportive of Pelosi's remarks, feeling Greene should face consequences for her actions.



Though Kevin McCarthy has said he plans to have a "conversation" with Green about her "disturbing" comments, he has given no indication that her rhetoric is disqualifying when it comes to important committee positions.



Democrats are eager to make sure the influence of extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene is kept to a minimum in the House of Representatives.