House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced members named to two select subcommittees – one investigating the origins of COVID and another looking into the weaponization of the federal government – and Democrats are livid over the addition of certain MAGA lawmakers.
“The government has a responsibility to serve the American people, not go after them,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“The Members selected to serve on these subcommittees will work to stop the weaponization of the federal government and will also finally get answers to the Covid origins and the federal government’s gain of function research that contributed to the pandemic,” he added.
McCarthy notes that the weaponization subcommittee is necessary because congressional Democrats and the Biden administration engaged in a “dangerous pattern of the government being used to target political opponents while they neglected their most basic responsibilities.”
Republicans have created two select subcommittees to stop the weaponization of the federal government and finally get answers to the COVID origins and the federal government’s gain of function research that contributed to the pandemic.
I’m proud to announce the members: pic.twitter.com/TnQnOX8fo9
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 24, 2023
MAGA Members Named to House Select Subcommittees
A couple of names that showed up on the House select subcommittees raised the ire of Democrats, particularly those associated with the MAGA movement.
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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) continued reaping the fruits of a kinship with McCarthy that would make Frank Luntz blush, being named to the COVID-19 subcommittee.
Greene celebrated the appointment, stating her intention to investigate the role of gain-of-function research, the Democrat “authoritarian” lockdowns, the ineffective vaccines forced on the American people, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role.
I’m honored to serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
It’s time to reveal the truth on the origins of COVID, the authoritarian Democrat response, vaccines, and Fauci’s NIAID involvement in gain-of-function research.https://t.co/76hEq3Fh4z
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 25, 2023
Greene will also be sitting on the House Homeland Security and Oversight Committees.
Also named to the COVID subcommittee is former White House physician Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who has consistently challenged President Biden to undergo a mental fitness evaluation.
Something’s SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden – and it’s only going to get WORSE! It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He’s confused. He can barely put a coherent sentence together. He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results! pic.twitter.com/Pk5Pq2V5Um
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) July 23, 2021
Jim Jordan (R-OH) will chair the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government after being rejected by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the January 6th panel.
Liberals Aren’t Happy
Liberals on social media responded with outrage over MAGA Republicans representing their constituents on the select subcommittees.
Because see, it would be better to have completely partisan sham committees like the January 6th debacle.
Democratic Congressman Don Beyer dismissed both panels as “devoted to conspiracy theories.”
McCarthy put the QAnon enthusiast who spread pandemic misinformation on the Covid subcommittee and the guy who dodged a congressional subpoena and discussed pardons with Donald Trump in charge of their “deep state” panel. Whole subcommittees devoted to conspiracy theories. Ugh. https://t.co/3enAxQ7mfu
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 24, 2023
This is fine by us, since these days “conspiracy theories” mostly just means “the media hasn’t admitted it yet.”
House Judiciary Democrats lambasted McCarthy for having “sold out our democracy to empower MAGA extremists.”
Kevin McCarthy sold out our democracy to empower MAGA extremists.
With the creation of Jim Jordan’s new select subcommittee, House Republicans are using taxpayer resources to protect Trump and his allies from legal scrutiny. pic.twitter.com/tl46TjTMj8
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) January 23, 2023
Richard Stengel, a former Obama administration official, also took the dismissive ‘conspiracy theory’ path.
The ‘Weaponization’ subcommittee, Stengel claims, is “a body that creates rather than investigates conspiracy theories and which will eventually undermine itself.”
The ‘Weaponization’ of Government Committee (a truly laughable name) is poised to be the modern House of UnAmerican Activities committee—a body that creates rather than investigates conspiracy theories and which will eventually undermine itself. https://t.co/VnFuH5zIsD
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) January 24, 2023
We literally just watched the January 6th sham create highly directed and produced filmography rather than evidence, doctored actual evidence, created conspiracy theories, and admitted they wanted to tell people what they should believe.
If Democrats are mad about MAGA Republicans serving on committees to provide a counterpoint to Democrat and media lies, then McCarthy is most definitely doing the right thing.
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