WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-Calif.) refused to take action against known conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Ga.).

“Rep. Greene’s hateful, contemptuous conspiracy peddling seems to know no bounds. From calling for the murder of Speaker Pelosi and suggesting former President Obama should be lynched, her rhetoric is violent, specific, and dangerous. Rep. Greene isn’t just hateful, she also has proven to be remarkably ignorant. She claims two historic American tragedies – the 9/11 terrorist attack, which is etched into our collective memory, and the Sandy Hook shooting that resulted in the murder of 20 children ages six and seven – simply did not happen because she has been fooled by QAnon. 

“Rep. Greene’s hateful, virulent behavior is simply unacceptable, and she does not deserve the honor of sitting on any House committees.

“While the behavior of one individual is deeply disturbing, her party’s near unanimous capitulation is even more alarming. Senate Minority Leader McConnell was right to call Rep. Greene a ‘cancer to the party.’ Meanwhile, Leader McCarthy has done nothing – seemingly too afraid to lead – hoping he can instead ignore his way out of this problem.

“By pretending he doesn’t know who QAnon is and refusing to acknowledge the credible domestic terrorist threat posed by this group of conspiracy theorists, Leader McCarthy has proven he is not worthy of a position of leadership in the United States Congress. To feign ignorance when it comes to QAnon is equivalent to an elected leader saying they don’t know who Al Qaeda or ISIS is, completely ignoring the threat they pose to our nation. It’s both dumb and dangerous.”