On Sunday, controversial freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R. GA) was locked out of her Twitter account, after the social media company claimed she violated platform rules.
Greene was reportedly banned from tweeting for 12 hours, just days after she suggested in a tweet that her workout routine was a healthy and via replacement for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
But conservatives looking for any hint of persecution toward the right-wing saw a connection between Twitter’s action and an Easter-themed tweet in which Greene proclaimed “He is risen,” even though that tweet had not been removed from her account.
One commenter summed up the “outrage” in a tweet:
“Jesus has Risen!! Wan to suspend me too? I don’t always agree with Marjorie Green but come on now. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t violate anything but keep on silencing anyone you disagree with. PS. That is what Hitler and other dictators did too.”
Another echoed that theory:
“Let me guess…Twitter suspended Marjorie Taylor Green suspended for posting ‘He has Risen!’ because their fact checkers couldn’t find any eye witnesses.”
Twitter issued a statement saying that Greene’s account was locked in error:
“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service. In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error. This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”
After her Twitter account was locked, Green issued the following lengthy statement on her GAB account:
This coming after House Democrats are made plans for a vote to expel congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress.
So far, 72 lawmakers have signed on the dotted line.
“There is nothing more threatening to Democrats than strong Republican Women!!!,” Greene said in response to the motion.
“Democrats are trying to overturn the will of the People who voted for both myself and @millermeeks. House Democrats have declared war on House Republican Women.”
Green’s comments were a direct response to a report by Fox News about California Democrat Jimmy Gomez introducing a “privileged” resolution this Friday.
In order to expel Greene, the motion will need a supermajority of two-thirds of the House of Representatives, which means a significant number of Republicans would have to cross over the aisle.
Currently, Gomez has 72 Democratic cosponsors for the resolution but so far no Republican support.
There is a good chance a handful of Republicans will vote for the motion. Eleven Republican House members previously joined Democrats in voting to remove Greene from her committee assignments over her belief in QAnon conspiracy theories and past posts on social media including liking posts that called for top Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be executed.
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was among the first Republicans to cross the aisle to turn on his colleague in the 230 to 199 vote.
Kinzinger’s fellow lawmakers Brian Fitzpatrick, of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton, of Michigan, Young Kim, of California, and Chris Smith, of New Jersey, followed suit. Then three New York Republicans, Nicole Malliotakis, John Katko, and Chris Jacobs. Three Florida GOP members, Carlos Gimenez, Maria Salazar, and Mario Diaz-Balert voted with Democrats.
If that vote was repeated the motion would fall far short of the margin needed to expel Greene.
Removing Greene from her committee duties on the education, Labor, and Budget committees removed any influence she had in oversight and pushing legislation, but several democrats do not think that was enough they want her expelled from Congress completely. Stripping Greene of her assignments was a rare move in the current era.
Greene recently made it clear that she would rather be “living the American dream” than be part of Congress.
Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theory believer, has created disturbance after disturbance since winning a seat in the House. She has pushed conspiracy theories, made fun of individuals with disabilities, and repeatedly tried to interfere with House business.
Even after the deadly insurrection on January 6, she has continued to support Donald Trump. She recently appeared on Steve Bannon’s podcast where she stated that she never wanted to be part of politics and does not enjoy her life in Washington D.C. She stated that she did not plan on being a career politician.
“I don’t want to be here at all. I gave up an awesome life,” Greene told Bannon on his Pandemic War Room podcast. “I gave up an American dream to come into what I consider to be a sh–hole because I’m pissed off. Because I’m watching the greatest country in the world on fire and burning down and this is going to affect my children and my grandchildren.”
According to Greene, her issues with D.C. go beyond corruption and partisan politics. A representative from Greene’s office recently stated that she was also unhappy with the “crazy restrictions” in the Capital, pointing to “masks, limited restaurant capacity and the increased security measures at the Capitol campus.”
“This is supposed to be the nation’s capital where people can come to visit but unfortunately, because of Democrats in leadership, D.C isn’t this beautiful Capitol area it should be,” Greene’s office said.