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Democrats Pen Letter to Kevin McCarthy Asking Him To Handle Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Controversial Behavior

Greene has been causing a stir in Congress since being elected in 2020, including perpetuating conspiracy theories, harassing colleagues, and comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Fire Fauci Act, which aims to strip the salary of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for his handling of COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Getty Images
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Fire Fauci Act, which aims to strip the salary of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for his handling of COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Getty Images

Nearly 40 Democratic leaders reportedly penned a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) demanding that he address Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) controversial behavior. Greene has made a name for herself since being elected to Congress in 2020 for spreading conspiracy theories and harassing colleagues.

In the letter, obtained by CNN, 37 House Democrats pleaded for McCarthy, who is the highest-level GOP member in the House, to take further action against Greene.

“Rep. Greene's conduct does not comport with what we expect from a member of the House of Representatives,” the letter read. “Moreover, we are extremely concerned that her conduct is creating an unsafe work environment for members, and that her actions could lead to violence against members of Congress.”

The letter also said that Greene’s behavior has reached “an unacceptable level,” CNN reported, but Democrats did not specify how they want McCarthy to handle Greene.

“We respectfully request that you work with her to address these issues with her and ensure that this type of behavior no longer continues,” the letter continued.

McCarthy has in the past condemned Greene’s remarks, most recently in May when Greene compared mask mandates at the U.S. Capitol to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Her comments, which she made several times, spurred a wave of outrage, including a petition that has more than 217,000 signatures calling on McCarthy to expel Greene.

“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” McCarthy said in a statement at the time. “The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”

Greene was hit with criticism from other members of her own party, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who called the remarks “evil lunacy,” while Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said the comparison was “absolute sickness.”

Greene, who is a loyal Trump supporter, has become infamous for her contentious actions including endorsing violence against Democratic lawmakers, making anti-Semitic comments, and perpetuating baseless conspiracy theories about QAnon, election fraud, and school shootings. Greene has reportedly harassed other members of Congress, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO). She has also targeted Ocasio-Cortez several times, and most recently called the Democatic lawmaker a “little communist.”

Both Ocasio-Cortez and Bush signed the letter, along with Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

The House voted to demote Greene in February by removing her from her assignments on the House Budget and Education and Labor Committees.

McCarthy has largely ignored Greene’s continued controversy and has in the past declined to reprimand the Georgia representative, along with other members of his party. He has not commented publicly on the Democrat’s letter.

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