Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been “mistakenly” suspended, according to Twitter. Dems are pushing for her to be expelled from Congress
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Is on the steps of the American Rescue Plan Act on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the vote on the US Rescue Plan Act Covid-19 House to see.
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Twitter said Friday it falsely banned the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Who is facing pressure from dozens of House Democrats to expel her from Congress.
The social media giant, who previously banned the account of the lawmaker who embraced the conspiracy, said the recent lockout has been lifted.
“We use a combination of technology and human verification to enforce Twitter rules across the service,” a company spokesman told CNBC in a statement.
“In this case, our automated systems have taken enforcement action on the incorrectly referenced account,” the statement said. “This action has been undone and access to the account has been restored.”
Greene, who previously promoted the baseless pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy and supported calls for violence against Democrats, said in a campaign message on Friday that Twitter banned her account at around 1 a.m. “without explanation”.
According to this campaign message, Greene’s account has been banned for 12 hours.
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Twitter’s statement that the suspension was made in error.
Twitter had previously temporarily suspended Greene in January for spreading misinformation.
Greene’s office raised suspicions about when the social media giant’s latest action was due to take place, hours before Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., Introduced a resolution to expel Greene from Congress.
There was no immediate evidence to support these suspicions, but Greene repeated them later on Friday from her newly restored account.
Speaking on the floor of the house on Friday morning, Gomez said, “I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, want this legislature to be harmed.”
“I’m not saying this for the shock value,” said Gomez. “It is the conclusion I came to after a member of Congress advocated violence against our colleagues, the speaker and our government.”
A Gomez spokesman told CNBC that 72 House Democrats co-sponsored its unilateral resolution which simply stated that “under Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene will be off, and she will be off.” excluded from the House of Representatives. “
The co-sponsors include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Eric Swalwell and Maxine Waters from California and Joaquin Castro from Texas.
Gomez on Friday directly linked Greene’s most controversial statements, many made prior to taking office, to the deadly January 6 invasion of the Capitol by a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“It’s what I believed in after this chamber was turned into a crime scene 10 weeks ago. So many of us felt safe in this room when the Capitol was breached. Some members called loved ones to say goodbye “Others prayed God to them and I wondered if this would be the day our democracy died,” said Gomez.
“I am not pleased with the introduction of this resolution, but any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled and I will do everything in my power to protect our democracy and to protect all of my colleagues” , he said .
Gomez had shared plans to draft a resolution for Greene’s expulsion in late January, saying at the time: “Your presence in office poses a direct threat to the elected officials and employees who serve our government.”
In February the House voted to remove Greene from her committee duties. All Democrats and 11 Republicans supported this resolution.
Just before it was over, Greene had expressed regret over spreading false conspiracy claims, including QAnon and her reported suggestion that some school shootings had been carried out.