The New Salem Witch Trial

Marjorie Taylor Greene certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but is she a “direct threat” to the U.S. government? A “cancer” to the Republican Party?

It seems the nation is being whipped into a wave of hysteria reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials, which led to the hanging of a couple of dozen people (mostly women) for witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.

Greene, a freshman Congresswoman from Georgia, is the main focus but no Republican seems safe in the wake of a group of thugs storming the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

Greene is a supporter of former GOP President Donald Trump and has expressed views on social media that range from unorthodox to bizarre. She also posts Bible verses, anti-mask rhetoric and strongly advocates for gun rights. She is regularly demonized by the media for reportedly sympathizing with a group called QAnon, which holds that politicians, Hollywood big shots and journalists are part of an international pedophile ring.

Clearly, Greene would not be the choice of Democratic voters in St. Louis or San Francisco. But Georgia residents voted Greene into office in the past election by a healthy margin. She is not accused of breaking any laws. Should Greene be cancelled because her views do not align with the mainstream?

Dark Forces…

CNN, the rabidly anti-Trump cable news network owned by AT&T, a multinational entertainment conglomerate, recently undertook a review of Greene’s social media posts in 2018 and 2019, which was prior to her election to public office.

CNN found she had “liked” a 2019 comment stating “a bullet to the head would be quicker” than removing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. This “like” seems to be the trigger point for the new wave of hysteria.

Greene issued a statement that different teams had managed her social media pages over the years and some of the content does not reflect her views “including the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet.”

Nevertheless, House Majority Leader Pelosi, at a recent press conference, pointed to mysterious, chilling dark forces at work in the U.S. Congress.

‘The enemy is within the House of Representatives,’ said Pelosi.

 Pelosi said lawmakers may need a supplemental appropriation to protect themselves from outside threats and from “members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence against other members of Congress.”

Pelosi is demanding that Greene be dismissed from all of her committee assignments, including her appointment to the House Education and Labor Committee.

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-CA, said he plans to introduce a resolution calling for Greene’s expulsion from the House. In a press release, he said Greene’s “very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government.”  Gomez cited “numerous reports revealing her repeated endorsements of sedition, domestic terrorism, and political violence.”

Freshman U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-MO, a Black Lives Matter activist, has tweeted that she is moving her office away from Greene’s “for my team’s safety.”

‘A Cancer’

In recent days, it has become clear that Greene lacks the support of even her own party leadership.

The Hill reported Monday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, blasted Greene’s embrace of  “loony lies and conspiracy theories … as a cancer for the Republican Party.”

At Pelosi’s behest, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, promised to talk to Greene about her conduct.

Meanwhile, The New York Times “newspaper” featured an article entitled, “Republican Ties to Extremist Groups Are Under Scrutiny.” The NYT’s reports that “officials” say they are “investigating reports from Democrats that a number of House Republicans provided tours of the Capitol and other information to people who might have gone on to be part of the mob on Jan. 6. So far, no evidence has surfaced publicly to back up those claims.”

Of course, Greene isn’t the only legislator who expresses bizarre views.

A few Democrats, including freshman Bush, the Black Lives Matter activist, refer to former GOP President Donald Trump and his 75 million supporters as “white supremacists.” But this has not raised any eyebrows.

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