CNN anchor Jake Tapper highlighted what he views as a double standard in Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) decision to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Tapper emphasized the critiques Greene has faced for her statements, questioning the House Republicans’ stance to censure Tlaib.
Amid discussions on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Tapper spotlighted the GOP’s move, specifically by Greene, to censure Tlaib due to her remarks about the Israel-Hamas clash. He underscored various incidents associated with Greene that drew criticism, not only from the Republican side but also from the Jewish community.
Tapper highlighted Greene’s participation in an event led by white nationalist figure Nick Fuentes and her promotion of the replacement theory. He further noted a controversial comment by Greene where she likened former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) COVID-19 measures on the House floor to Holocaust practices. Greene has since apologized for this comparison.
Furthermore, Greene recently faced criticism for incorrectly identifying Jewish holidays. This miscue happened when she posted a Hanukkah-related image, the menorah while extending Yom Kippur greetings.
Meanwhile, Tlaib criticized the Biden administration on social media concerning a Gaza hospital incident, attributing the blast to Israel. She later clarified that there were ongoing inquiries about the data coming from both Gaza and Israel.
Greene, in the preceding week, initiated a censure motion against Tlaib, alleging her of “antisemitic activity” and of “expressing sympathy with terrorist groups.”
Tapper took issue with Greene’s resolution, describing it as seemingly written by someone with a superficial understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He added that the resolution appears to misrepresent several of Tlaib’s statements.
In June 2023, Greene was voted out of the Freedom Caucus. This decision was taken after an incident where Greene used an offensive term directed at fellow caucus member Lauren Boebert during a disagreement on the House floor. Notably, it marked the first instance where the group opted to expel a member.
Although Greene’s comment about Boebert was cited as the main reason for her removal, her divergence from some of the caucus’s stances and her association with Speaker McCarthy, who faced opposition from several caucus members during the speaker election, also played a role in the decision.