Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was silenced on Wednesday, after she made accusations against the Homeland Security Secretary during his congressional testimony.
Democrats on the GOP’s Homeland Security Committee tried to remove Greene’s remarks at the hearing. In one of them, she accused another Democratic member of an extramarital relationship. The only time there was bipartisan agreement, however, when she called Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas a “liar.”
Greene was the first to ask Mayorkas a question. She was following Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif. ), who displayed a poster depicting a campaign to defund the FBI with Greene’s image on it.
Greene said Swalwell’s criticism was “heavy-handed” coming from someone who had a relationship with a Chinese spies, as everyone knew.
Democrats immediately moved to remove her words, arguing that she had violated House Rules about making personal attacks. Greene refused to retract her remarks.
Swalwell denied an inappropriate relationship with a Chinese women who worked in his campaign’s fundraising. The FBI said that it had found no evidence to suggest Swalwell gave the woman classified information.
Mark Green, R.-Tenn. Committee chairman, refused to allow Greene’s remarks about Swalwell to be thrown out. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s top Democrat and member of the committee, appealed this ruling. He said he was outraged that these accusations were made in a hearing. The appeal was unsuccessful.
Greene accused Mayorkas minutes later of failing to stop the flow of fentanyl in the U.S.
“Congresswoman let me assure that we won’t allow this to continue.” Mayorkas replied, “We are fighting against this.”
Greene yelled, “You are a liar!” The numbers show that you are allowing this to continue.
Thompson again moved to remove the remarks and Greene again refused to retract her comments.
This time, however, the chairman stated that Greene’s remarks violated House Rules.
It’s clear that you cannot impugn the character of someone. Green stated that calling someone a “liar” or identifying them as such is not acceptable in this committee. I have decided to strike these words.
Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) then pointed out that Thompson’s proposal was to “takedown” Greene remarks and not “strike” them. Taking them down would effectively end Greene’s ability to further question Mayorkas. The committee did exactly that.
Greene did not leave the hearing but was forbidden from continuing to speak.
She Tweeted about the incident and said: “Republicans won’t defeat the Democrats. We’ll not impeach Mayorkas. We’ll not impeach Biden. And we’ll be unable to implement our conservative agenda, if we cannot even call a lie a lie.
She added, “Republicans shouldn’t let Democrats ignore our words and do what they want for them.”
Democrats were upset that Greene had been reprimanded only for his Mayorkas comments, but not for the ones about Swalwell. They argued the attacks on Swalwell clearly centered around Swalwell’s character.
Swalwell and Greene clashed recently on Twitter, after Swalwell defended Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira who was arrested in connection with an investigation into classified files that were leaked online.
Greene tweeted Teixeira was white, male and christian. He also said Teixeira was antiwar. Swalwell replied on Twitter, “I’m so sorry Marge, but being white, male and Christian does not give you the right to betray the country and risk the lives of thousands.”