Republicans privately gave conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene a standing ovation in a caucus meeting, according to reports

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is seen with her face mask pulled down as she speaks with a colleague on the floor of the House on January 3, 2021 for the swearing in of the new Congress. Erin Scott-Pool/Getty
  • A number of House Republicans gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a standing ovation during a Wednesday meeting.

  • House Democrats will vote on Thursday to strip Greene, a conspiracy theorist, of her two committee assignments.

  • House Republicans gathered to discuss the fates of both Greene and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney.

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A number of House Republicans gave Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican and avid conspiracy theorist, a standing ovation after addressing her colleagues during a Wednesday evening caucus meeting to discuss her imminent removal from two House committees, Punchbowl News and other outlets reported.

Vice News reported that about half of the Republicans at the meeting rose to applaud Greene.

According to a report from The Hill, Green apologized for embracing the QAnon conspiracy theory during the closed GOP conference meeting.

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"Greene told her colleagues that she made a mistake by being curious about 'Q' and said she told her children she learned a lesson about what to put on social media, according to two sources in the room," citing The Hill report. Her remarks is reportedly what prompted the standing ovation, according to The Hill.

House Republicans gathered to discuss both Greene and Rep. Liz Cheney, a top Republican under fire for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump last month. House Democrats will hold a floor vote on Thursday to strip Greene of her two committee assignments amid escalating backlash over her promotion of a slew of conspiracy theories and her endorsement of political violence.

During Wednesday evening's meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly explained why he wouldn't remove Greene from either committee, and Greene addressed some of the outlandish statements she's made.

Greene has long trafficked in conspiracy theories, including QAnon. The freshman congresswoman has also promoted conspiracy theories claiming that mass school shootings were "false flag" operations and orchestrated by gun law advocates. And new reporting has also exposed her calls to execute Democratic politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Republicans also debated on Wednesday whether to remove Cheney from leadership after she blamed Trump for the Capitol insurrection and called his actions the greatest ever "betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

Cheney reportedly said during Wednesday's meeting that she stood by her comments about Trump's involvement in the January 6 siege and her position on impeachment. Just 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump for inciting the riot.

House leadership indicated that they wanted to move on from intra-party fights over Greene and Cheney.

"I've been very clear that we need to resolve this tonight as members," Minority Whip Steve Scalise told Politico on Wednesday. "I want the members to go through, air their grievances but get it through tonight and then we gotta move forward together."

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