Push on to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from House committees

New congresswoman has said Parkland mass shooting was fake

Democrats push to get Marjorie Taylor Greene off the education committee after she berated a Parkland mass shooting survivor, calling the 2018 massacre fake.

PARKLAND, Fla. – The past video of Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing a Parkland shooting survivor only amped the outrage over her calling that mass murder a hoax.

A resolution launched Monday seeks to strip the Georgia Republican of committee assignments in Congress.

“Her refusal to disavow these outrageous claims cannot be rewarded with a post on an education committee, whose mandate is to provide a safe, fact-based learning environment for our children,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

Newly elected to Congress, Greene has supported QAnon conspiracies, assassinating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and suggested space lasers controlled by Jewish people sparked California wildfires.

But calling the nation’s worst mass school shootings staged brought it all gut-wrenchingly home.

“Not only has she lied about what happened to my daughter, what happened to the kids at Sandy Hook, the families of Las Vegas, the families of 9-11, she is currently fundraising off of the lie — and the [Republican] party is silent,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018.

So far, Republican leaders have taken no steps to censure, nor even condemn, Greene’s words or actions.

Of all South Florida Republicans in the House and the state’s two senators, both Sen. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio responded to Local 10 News’ questions Monday, with Scott calling Greene’s claims “disgusting and wrong.”

Rubio’s office responded and referenced his comments from last week in which Rubio condemned Greene’s comments. Rubio said, “Parkland was a real tragedy in which real parents lost real children. Anyone suggesting it was fake is either deranged or a sadist.”

Late Monday afternoon, newly minted congressman Carlos Gimenez, the former Miami-Dade County mayor, called her comments “disturbing” in a tweet.

“Is it really so hard for Republicans to condemn this and say that’s offensive, this is dangerous?” asked Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Parkland.

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Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."