Hoyer floor drama: Top Democrat says Greene endangering 'Squad'

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face mounting hurdles to agenda This week: Congress returns with lengthy to-do list House to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap MORE (D-Md.) in a dramatic address Thursday displayed a poster of a social media post from Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) holding a gun next to three progressive Democrats during floor debate on a resolution to remove her from committees, warning that such rhetoric puts their lives in danger.

"I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle when they take this vote: Imagine your faces on this poster. Imagine it’s a Democrat with an AR-15. Imagine what your response would be and would you think that that person ought to be held accountable?" Hoyer said.

Greene posted the photo on Facebook in September of herself next to images of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichigan Democrat says he sought treatment for PTSD after Jan. 6 riot Pelosi's advice for the 'Squad': 'You're not a one-person show' It's time to declare a national climate emergency MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan Pelosi's advice for the 'Squad': 'You're not a one-person show' Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan Pelosi's advice for the 'Squad': 'You're not a one-person show' Progressives push Fed to drive funding away from fossil fuel companies MORE (Mich.) with the caption "Squad's Worst Nightmare." Facebook removed the image for violating its policies.


Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib are frequent targets of the right and have repeatedly faced security threats since taking office two years ago.

Hoyer walked from the Democratic side of the aisle to the well in the center of the chamber and held the poster up high to ensure that Republicans could see it.

When he returned to the microphone, Hoyer said that rhetoric like Greene's dehumanizes Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib and encourages violence.

"They're not 'the Squad.' They're Ilhan. They're Alexandria. They're Rashida. They are people. They are our colleagues," Hoyer said.


"'Squad's Worst Nightmare,'" Hoyer said, reading aloud the caption on Greene's post. "Is that what it was intended to do, that each one of these ladies would have a nightmare about somebody with a gun, an AR-15?"

"I urge my colleagues to look at that image and tell me what message you think it sends," Hoyer said.

The House is expected to pass the resolution later Thursday to kick Greene off the education and budget committees over her embrace of conspiracy theories like QAnon, suggesting school shootings were staged and that a plane didn't crash into the Pentagon on 9/11, as well as for repeated endorsements of violence against Democratic politicians.

In addition to her Facebook post touting herself as the "Squad's Worst Nightmare," Greene liked a comment in 2019 that said "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to remove Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-Calif.) and, in 2019, responded to a commenter asking if they could hang Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Close the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report MORE and former President Obama by saying "We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off."