Pelosi says top Democrats won't back measure to expel Greene

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday that House Democratic leaders aren't backing a resolution to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) from Congress over past endorsements of political violence.

The resolution, which Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrats face daunting hurdles despite promising start Black Eyed Peas' Taboo to appear in tribal 'pandemic town hall' Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis MORE (D-Calif.) introduced earlier Friday, has 72 co-sponsors. But it would be a heavy lift for Gomez's effort to succeed, given that expulsion requires a two-thirds supermajority in the House.

Pelosi indicated Gomez was free to introduce an expulsion resolution, but that Democrats shouldn't expect leadership to sign onto it.


"Members are very unhappy about what happened here, and they can express themselves the way they do. What Mr. Gomez did is his own view. And that is not [the] leadership position," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

Eleven Republicans voted with Democrats last month to remove Greene from her assignments on the House Education and Labor Committee and the Budget panel. While some Republicans have criticized Greene over her past embrace of conspiracy theories and endorsements of violence against Democrats, it's unlikely that enough Republicans would join with Democrats to reach the two-thirds threshold needed for expulsion.

"I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body. And I'm not saying this for shock value. It's the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the Speaker and our government," Gomez said on the House floor on Friday morning.

Only five members have been expelled in the House's history.

Greene has acknowledged that she previously believed in the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, which she has since disavowed. The GOP lawmaker also distanced herself from past statements suggesting that school shootings and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were staged.


But when the House voted in February to boot her from committees, Greene did not directly address her past indications of support for violence against Democrats, including Pelosi, former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE.

Greene previously "liked" a Facebook comment in January 2019 that said "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to remove Pelosi. And when a Facebook commenter asked her in April 2018 "now do we get to hang them," referring to Clinton and Obama, Greene responded: "Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off."

Greene further posted an image on Facebook last September of herself holding a gun next to pictures of progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Bush criticize lack of diversity among negotiators on latest infrastructure deal Fetterman slams Sinema over infrastructure: 'Democrats need to vote like Democrats' House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water MORE (Mich.) with the caption “Squad’s Worst Nightmare.” Facebook later removed the post for violating its policies.