Rep. Mario Diaz-Ballart, R-Fla., Was one of 10 Republicans who voted in favor of action against Green
A House Republican who voted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., Noted in his committee assignment on Thursday that he has previously called for similar action against Democrats making controversial remarks.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Ballart, R-Fla., Was one of 11 Republicans to vote in favor of action against Green. In a Twitter thread explaining his decision, Diaz-Ballart noted that Green’s previous comments were “unacceptable”, but added that “members have said that I have consistently said that their irresponsible, inflammatory speech Should be removed from the committee’s work. “
Florida lawmaker cited a February 2019 incident that involved the Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was accused of being anti-Jewish after making critical remarks against Israel and commenting against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC, was paying politicians to take a favorable view of the country. Omar was criticized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who later apologized for the remarks.
“When Ilhan Omar made consistently hostile comments about Israel, Nancy Pelosi nailed it under the rug and suggested they” go ahead. “Why was he not removed from his role on a committee that helps determine US policy towards Israel?” Diaz-Ballart wrote on Twitter.
Earlier this week, House Republicans made an unsuccessful push to remove Omar from his committee assignments as Democrats took action against Green.
Diaz-Ballart also cited the 2018 incident in which the Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters called on supporters to confront former President Donald Trump’s cabinet members, as well as previous comments from the former Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who in 2002 implied that members of the former President George W. Bush administration may have advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“If MTG is being removed from its committee posts for its previous inappropriate comments, these members should receive equal treatment. I will continue to demand that Democratic leadership and the press circumvent the double standard and allow these members to be equally Hold accountable to. ”Said Diaz-Ballart.
Greene voted 230–199 to remove Greene from his committee assignments. The first-time legislator drew widespread criticism for his previous endorsement of the QAnon conspiracy theory and social media activity, in which he expressed support for violence against Democratic leaders.