Pelosi slams GOP on Greene: 'The enemy is within'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday hammered House GOP leaders for putting Rep. Marjorie Greene on the Education Committee, just as revelations have emerged that the Georgia Republican has questioned the veracity of deadly school shootings around the country.

"It is absolutely appalling, and I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard that they have for the death of those children," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

Pelosi said it's "beyond the pale" that GOP leaders would place Greene on the Education panel.


"What could they be thinking? Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?" she asked.

"You're just going to have to ask them why they thought that that raised itself to the level of something appropriate to do in the Congress of the United States," she added.

When asked to respond, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (R-Calif.) said the GOP leader is planning to speak with Greene.

“These comments are deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them,” the spokesperson told The Hill.

Aside from her comments on school shootings, Greene has also come under criticism this week for past statements threatening violence against Democrats. 

Pelosi at one point said "the enemy is within" the House.


Asked about the comment, she said: “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.” 

Greene is a staunch gun rights advocate and past supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

On the second day of President Biden's tenure, Greene filed a resolution to impeach him. She has consistently been seen without a mask around the Capitol complex, in violation of rules designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The revelations about Greene have sparked an outcry among Democrats on Capitol Hill. Rep. Jahana HayesJahana HayesRepublicans defy mask rules on House floor Harris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Parents of Sandy Hook victims slam Taylor Greene's appointment to Education Committee MORE (D-Conn.), a former National Teacher of the Year, is circulating a letter to prevent Greene from being seated on the Education panel. Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottVirginia attorney general survives primary challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive MORE (D-Va.), chairman of that committee, called on McCarthy to "explain how someone with this background represents the Republican party on education issues."

And Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power House Democrat drafting resolution to censure Greene over Holocaust comments MORE (D-Calif.) has gone a long step further, saying he'll introduce a resolution to expel her.

Some Republicans have also joined in the criticism, with Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ill.), a military veteran, saying she doesn't represent the Republican Party.

"I don't think she should have the privilege of any committees," he told CNN on Thursday.

McCarthy said last week that he has spoken with Greene about the impeachment articles, emphasizing that he disagrees with her resolution.

"That's exactly what the Democrats did with President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE, and why we disagreed with when they wanted to come after him for purely political reasons,” he said in an interview with Greta Van Susteren.

But he and other GOP leaders have been largely silent about Greene's comments related to the school shootings.

Updated at 2:24 p.m.