While “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah undoubtedly disagrees with the past views expressed by newly-minted Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and denounced the “crazy s***” she expressed in the past on social media, he fears that Democrats’ decision to keep her out of committee assignments might “backfire” in the end, though his reasons for skepticism were markedly different than what was expressed by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-CA).
Speaking on his program Thursday night, Noah said that allowing Greene to serve in Congress with absolutely no responsibilities might encourage her to act “crazy.”
“Democrats can’t stop her from serving in Congress, and they definitely can’t stop her from saying crazy s**t,” said Noah.
“Yes people, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been kicked off her committees. But if you think about it, this is a pretty sweet deal for Greene. Basically, her punishment for acting insane [is] to do less work for the same amount of money,” noted the comedian. “And honestly, I think kicking her off these committees could actually backfire. The last thing you want to do with a crazy person is to give them time to be crazy. That’s why they should put her on all the committees, then you’ll never hear from her again.”
Greene has expressed extremist views in the past, some of which were anti-Semitic or in line with Qanon conspiracy theories. During a ten-minute speech on the House floor prior to the vote on her committee removal, Greene apologized for her statements, saying they were of a different time.
“These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me, they do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values,” she said.
Noah appreciated that Greene was not “listening to the reasonable voices in her head,” but felt the apology rang hollow.
“I’ve never seen someone try to delete her browser history in real life,” he said.
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In a statement, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that while he fully denounces Greene’s past rhetoric, he did warn Democrats that voting to remove her from committees will backfire in the end, noting the many extremist views and statements from individuals in their ranks.
“While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants,” said McCarthy.
“In the end, this resolution continues to distract Congress, especially given the limited time that Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat leadership want the House to debate and work, on what it needs to focus on: getting Americans back to work, getting kids back to school, and providing vaccines to all Americans who need it,” he concluded.