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US House punishes Republican Congresswoman for endorsing violence

US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, leaves her office on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in Washington, DC. - AFP
US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, leaves her office on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in Washington, DC. - AFP

US: The Democratic-led US House voted on Thursday to discipline a Congresswoman who embraced QAnon conspiracy theories and endorsed violence, capping weeks of mounting turmoil over holding to account a lawmaker whose extremist rhetoric caused a rupture in Republican ranks.

Conservative first-term Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, facing bipartisan opprobrium for a series of disturbing comments and support of social media posts advocating the assassination of Democratic lawmakers, was stripped of her two assignments on the House education and budget committees.

The punishment was meted out in a modestly bipartisan vote of 230 to 199 which occurred hours after Greene, a fierce supporter of former president Donald Trump, took to the House floor to renounce the conspiracy movement and expressed regret for spreading misinformation.

Eleven Republicans defied their party to join all voting Democrats in disciplining Greene, whose alarming actions before she ran for office included posting video of herself harassing a teen school shooting survivor and casting doubt on the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Greene, 46, had taken to the House floor to plead her case before the vote. "These were words of the past, and these things... do not represent my values," she said.

"I was allowed to believe things that weren't true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them," she added. "And that is absolutely what I regret." Before running for Congress, Greene "liked" Facebook posts that advocated the execution of Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. - AFP