Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spoke out on Thursday to say that if Republicans do not remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene(R-GA) from office, then “we must.”
Omar said this during an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Dean Obeidallah Show.”
“Today, Speaker Pelosi just a short time ago at a press conference talking essentially about the ‘enemy within’ the House, and she slammed congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has made comments about Muslims if you’re a practicing Muslim you shouldn’t serve in government, and that you and Rashida Tlaib are part of an Islamic insurrection, I mean more and more despicable stuff,” said host Dean Obeidallah. “In Congress, should the Republican Party not be the ones leading to remove her?”
“They should be. This person, as you’ve stated, is dangerous and violent,” Omar replied. “She has not only posed what many of us would consider a threat against myself and many of my colleagues, but she’s harassed people who have survived violence, children who have survived violence, and is lying about the deaths of so many children, and is really victimizing their families.”
“This is not somebody that should be in office, you know, someone said yesterday instead of being in Congress, this person needs to be on a watch list,” she added. “And if the Republican Party and its leadership is not going to do the work of removing her from Congress, we must do it.”
This came after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Republican leaders for ignoring alleged past extreme statements that Greene had made.
“What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said, according to CNN.
“Assigning her 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?” Pelosi added. “Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing? It’s absolutely appalling, and I think the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children.”
Greene has also spoken out to defend herself in the face of this backlash.
“Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages,” she said in a statement. “Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views. Especially the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet.”