The GOP was the focus of a harsh editorial The Washington Post published online on Thursday after only 11 House Republicans voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene of committee assignments -- while 199 voted no.
"The House voted Thursday to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from the Budget Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. Republicans said the vote set a bad precedent. But blame for this episode lies first with Ms. Greene herself, with her extensive history of offensive conspiracy theorizing, and second with the rest of the House Republican caucus, which failed to do anything about the dangerous crackpot in its midst," the newspaper explained.
"Enough was known about Ms. Greene before committee assignments were handed out that Republican leaders should have prevented her from taking roles on such high-profile panels. Her posting on the education committee was particularly galling, given her previous statements questioning the reality of school shootings and accosting their victims. As revelation after revelation about her offensive past emerged, Republicans should have reconsidered. Instead, they declined on Wednesday to take a stand against kookiness, forcing Thursday's vote," the newspaper explained.
"That a corrosive influence such as Ms. Greene enjoys good standing among her House Republican colleagues offers one more sign that the House GOP is morally adrift. Thursday's vote should never have had to happen. Republicans should have had more self-respect than to support her last year, to welcome her with full honors and to allow the situation to escalate as it did," The Post concluded.
Read the full editorial.