Yesterday, under pressure from her fellow House Republicans, the Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene distanced herself from some of the outré conspiracy theories that she has touted during her time in public life—including her claims that the September 11 attack on the Pentagon did not occur and her devotion to QAnon. She said nothing about her suggestion in a 2018 speech that the U.S. government was responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, nor about the video she shared on her Facebook page that blames “Zionist supremacists” for seeking to undermine Europe by flooding it with Muslim immigrants. Her apologia didn’t stop the House of Representatives from taking the extraordinary step of removing her from committee assignments, a measure for which eleven Republican congressmen voted.
Writing on Wednesday, Jonathan Tobin argued that a Republican party that tolerates Taylor Greene is not one where Jews can find a political home. “How,” Tobin asked, “do [Jewish Republicans] stay in a party that is willing to wink at someone who has, among other things, claimed that space lasers directed by someone at the Rothschilds’ bank were responsible for California wildfires?” He added:
Tolerance of a sort for Taylor Greene may be just one more sign of the impact of tribal-war politics. Many Republicans will answer all criticism of her with [tu-quoque arguments] in which the sins of the Democrats will be used to excuse those committed by the GOP. That’s especially discouraging since should Taylor Greene retain her committee assignments and avoid being expelled, she will—as was the case with [the anti-Semitic Democratic congresswoman Ilhan] Omar, . . . wind up having far more influence and publicity than any normal freshman legislator would have.
The impact of [the Republican establishment’s continued indulgence of Taylor Greene] will be devastating to Jewish Republicans, especially after they expended so much effort assailing Democrats over their toleration for supporters of the movement to boycott Israel.
[Worst of all], just as Omar has helped legitimize one form of prejudice against Jews, Taylor Greene’s continued presence as a member in good standing of the GOP caucus will do the same for a particularly toxic variety of right-wing extremists. That’s the sort of thing that no amount of . . . partisanship can excuse.