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Portman says Republican leadership ‘ought to stand up’ against Greene’s comments

Sen. Rob Portman

Robert (Rob) Jones PortmanSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Which path will Democrats take on COVID-19 bill? Democrats ready to bypass Republicans on COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that Republican leadership “ought to stand up” against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) controversial comments that have resurfaced over the past week.

The Ohio senator, who has announced he will retire in 2022, called on GOP leadership to label Greene’s remarks, including her past support for violence against Democrats, first reported by CNN’s KFile, as “totally unacceptable.”

{mosads}“There is no place for violence in our political dialogue,” Portman told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “By the way, there is no place for violence in our country. I mean, this is something that we have got to get away from. So, yes, I think people ought to speak out clearly.”

When CNN’s Dana BashDana BashBiden’s bipartisan push hits wall on COVID-19 relief bill Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows – Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate MORE asked whether Greene should be removed from her assignment on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Portman said he assumes “that is something they’re looking at.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens,” the senator responded. “And, you know, I think that is the way to send a message. The voters who elected her in her district in Georgia ought to be respected. On the other hand, when that kind of behavior occurs, there has to be a strong response.”

 

Portman became the third Republican senator, following Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrPeters to head Senate Democratic campaign arm Democrat Jeff Jackson jumps into North Carolina Senate race Portman’s exit underscores Republican identity crisis MORE (N.C.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA’s bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (Pa.), to say he will not run for reelection in 2022.

Greene received a lot of backlash over the past week after her past social media posts emerged, such as her 2018 comment that the “stage is being set” to a post calling for the assassinations of former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMarjorie Taylor Greene touts Trump call amid growing backlash Human Rights Campaign calls for Marjorie Taylor Greene’s removal from committees Democrat calls for hearings to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene MORE and former President Obama.

In 2019, she liked a Facebook comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFBI: Woman arrested in Capitol riot allegedly said she wanted to shoot Pelosi ‘in the friggin’ brain’ Did Trump know what was about to happen Jan. 6? Marjorie Taylor Greene touts Trump call amid growing backlash MORE (D-Calif.) from office.

The Georgia Republican has also backed conspiracies online, including QAnon theories and speculation that school shootings were false flag operations. A video of her taunting Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg in 2018 resurfaced last week and prompted Hogg and a parent of a student who was killed to request Greene’s removal from Congress.

Pelosi had slammed Republican leadership in the House for giving Greene her committee assignment dealing with education despite her school shooting comments, saying “the enemy is within” the House.

Greene’s removal would need two-thirds support in the House, which is unlikely. But a spokesperson for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyImpeaching a former official rests on a shaky precedent Lou Dobbs knocks ‘petty’ Republicans criticizing Trump Marjorie Taylor Greene touts Trump call amid growing backlash MORE (R-Calif.) said last week that her remarks “are deeply disturbing” and the leader “plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”

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