Topline

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday proposed legislation to award congressional gold medals to police who “protect American cities from Black Lives Matter (BLM) terrorists” after voting against awarding them to law enforcement that responded to the Jan. 6 attack.

Key Facts

Greene, in a statement, said three medals would be awarded under her resolution, two to the police departments of Minneapolis and Portland – two cities hit hard during last summer’s protests – and one to the Smithsonian for archival purposes.

The resolution comes on the same day William “Billy” Evans, a Capitol Police officer who was killed in a separate attack on the Capitol earlier this month, lay in honor at the Capitol rotunda.

The resolution would also “stipulate that the Secretary of the Treasury must endorse that the medals will not spend additional taxpayer dollars” by “drawing from the U.S. Medal fund at the U.S. mint.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), a member of the right-wing freedom caucus who voted against the Jan. 6 gold medals, and Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), a freshman, swing-district representative who voted for them.

Key Background

Greene was one of 12 Republicans who voted against a resolution last month to award medals to the Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police for responding to the Jan. 6 attack, specifically citing the “patriotism and the commitment” of wounded officers. Greene, at the time, took aim at the bill’s use of the word “insurrectionists” to describe the attackers and the description of the Capitol as a “temple of our American Democracy,” while accusing Democrats of wanting to “defund” the police. 

Big Number

11. That’s how many House Republicans voted with Democrats to strip Greene of her committee assignments in February over her past comments and social media posts endorsing violence against Democratic leaders and expressing belief in a range of conspiracy theories about 9/11, school shootings and, most notably, QAnon. Greene spun her removal as a positive development, arguing committees would be a “waste” of her time.

Tangent

Greene has spend much of her time since her removal from committees engaging in publicity stunts, proposing a bill to make Dr. Anthony Fauci’s salary $0, accusing Guam National Guard troops of an “ambush” outside her office and launching a rogue procedural tactic to slow down coronavirus relief, unsanctioned by her party leadership.

Chief Critic

73 Democrats are supporting a bill to remove Greene from Congress altogether over her past comments endorsing violence, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who supported her removal from committees, has said that position is not supported by Democratic leadership.

Crucial Quote

Greene’s statement is filled with the kind of incendiary language that has alienated her even from some Republican colleagues, accusing Black Lives Matter of a “terrorist campaign to burn down American cities, loot small businesses and murder citizens” and claiming a “violent rampage rages on in every major city.”