Is she a RINO?

The House voted Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from the Budget Committee and the Education and Labor Committee after her social media posts revealed her spreading dangerous and racist conspiracy theories.February 4, 2021 

Press Release by Young Kim, our Representative from the California 39th district

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) released the following statement on comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14): 

“Antisemitism, conspiracy theories and threats should never be part of our political discourse. This should not be tolerated by either party. I came to Congress to focus on policy issues that unite our country and improve the lives of my constituents in the 39th District. Comments like what we’ve seen from Rep. Greene make that more difficult and are not what the Republican Party stands for. 

“Rep. Greene’s comments and actions, from spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories to questioning 9/11 and school shootings, are wrong in any context. I cannot in good conscience support this rhetoric in any way. House Democrats also should have held their members accountable when they made reprehensible comments. 

“Our country needs to unite and work on policies to help the American people. We need to get people back to work, reopen small businesses and expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Just as I continue to show my commitment to working across the aisle, I hope Democrats come to the table to work with us. The only way we can get big things done in Congress is by working together.”

The House voted 230-199, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat who voted.

The GOP defectors were Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Chris Jacobs of New York, Carlos A. Giménez of Florida, John Katko of New York, Young Kim of California, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida, Fred Upton of Michigan, Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Combined with other votes by Representative Kim, is she a RINO? Yes, I know she is in a tough district with a bare margin voting for her vs. her Democrat opponent. She won a tough race against representative Gil Cisneros who had a bottomless pit of money. She ran her campaign as an independent, refusing to be tagged as a Republican because her constituents lean Democrat. Could she have abstained instead of voting to remove Rep Greene from committees? For Rep Greene, freedom to express her opinion is guaranteed by our United States Constitution.

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