WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Some South Florida congressional members are calling for a controversial freshman congresswoman to resign.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is planning to introduce a resolution to strip U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of her House committee assignments.
Greene has been facing backlash after cellphone video recently emerged showing her verbally attacking Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg.
The video, posted on the congresswoman's YouTube page last month but recorded in 2019, shows Greene following Hogg near the U.S. Capitol, questioning him about the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre that killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
"David, why are you supporting the red-flag laws?" she asks in the video. "If there had been -- if Scot Peterson, the resource officer at Parkland, had done his job then Nikolas Cruz wouldn't have killed anybody in your high school, or at least protected them. Why are you supporting red-flag gun laws that attack our Second Amendment right and why are you using kids as a barrier? Do you not know how to defend your stance?"
After Hogg seems to ignore her, Greene turns and speaks to the camera.
"He's got nothing to say. Sad," she says. "He has nothing to say because there really isn't anything to say, you guys. He has nothing to say because he's paid to do this."
Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats are seeking to remove Greene from the House Committee on Education and Labor, along with all other committees on which she serves, citing Greene's "pattern of appalling behavior" that "helped fuel domestic terrorism."
"If she had honor, of course, she would resign," Wasserman Schultz told reporters on a Zoom call Monday.
Wasserman Schultz was joined by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., whose district includes Parkland, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the 2018 massacre, and U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., whose district includes Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people were killed in a 2012 mass shooting.
They condemned Greene's conspiracy theories, including her claims that the Parkland school shooting was a "false flag."
"For Marjorie Taylor Greene to call it fake or a false flag and then stalk and harass one of the students who survived it is not just repulsive but is inexcusable conduct for a member of Congress," Wasserman Schultz said.
They also denounced Greene's previous calls of violence against members of Congress, among them House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Marjorie Taylor Greene chose her destructive path," Wasserman Schultz said. "Now the House of Representatives must choose hers."
Wasserman Schultz said the intent of the resolution against Greene is to "render her nearly powerless."
Although Wasserman Schultz and Deutch believe Greene should be expelled from Congress, it will take a two-thirds majority vote to happen.
"So that's going to require more leaders and fewer cowards on the Republican side, which is unlikely," Wasserman Schultz said.
Greene's resignation also seems unlikely, if her recent social media remarks are any indication.
I won’t back down. I’ll never apologize. And I’ll always keep fighting for the people.— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 30, 2021
For me, it’s America First!!!
Any elected politician that isn’t putting America First doesn’t deserve their position or the people’s trust.
"I won't back down," she wrote Saturday on Twitter. "I'll never apologize. And I'll always keep fighting for the people."