The Democrats and the media have been pretty naked in their effort to cast Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as the post-Trump villain.
The Georgia Republican has been in Congress for only a month, but for the past few days it seems as if she has been the subject of a nearly nonstop media blitz that feeds the push to oust her from her post by focusing on things she said before coming to the House of Representatives.
Now, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined those efforts.
On Monday, McConnell issued a brief but harsh statement that, while not mentioning Greene by name, criticized “loony lies and conspiracy theories” that have become a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said, according to The Hill. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
In response, Greene tweeted on Monday, “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country.”
The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.
This is why we are losing our country.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 2, 2021
McConnell, who criticized former President Donald Trump for his rhetoric after the tragic Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, also on Monday rallied to the defense of beleaguered Rep. Liz Cheney. Cheney, of Wyoming, is the No. 3 Republican in the House, and more than half of the GOP House caucus has backed an effort to have her removed for voting to impeach Trump.
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them,” McConnell told CNN. “She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”
But back to Greene, a new backbencher who, it’s worth noting, is just one of 435 House lawmakers, McConnell agrees with Democrats who have made her public enemy No. 1.
Last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, again without specifically naming Greene, said “the enemy is within,” apparently referring to her and other Republicans. Pelosi included “members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
Don’t let them push you around, you are there for a reason. I appreciate you doing what your doing.
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The latter half of that comment was geared toward Greene, who once “liked” a Facebook post that referenced violence against some Democrats, including Pelosi.
Appearing on Fox News, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, called Pelosi’s comments “incredibly dangerous.”
“This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox,” she added.
Gabbard hits Pelosi over ‘enemy is within’ statement, says it’s like throwing a ‘match into a tinderbox’ https://t.co/ozhQdTMAds pic.twitter.com/WIznLsibCU
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Democrats also argue Greene is unworthy to hold her seat because she has floated some of the conspiracy theories put out by the QAnon movement.
On Monday, Democrats circulated a resolution calling for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip Greene of her committee assignments. Meanwhile, Roll Call reports 61 Democrats are supporting a drive to expel her from Congress – not for anything she’s done in Congress, but for what she said before she got there.
These Democrats, who sanctimoniously bash Trump and others for allegedly failing to respect our democracy and the will of the people, now want to boot a lawmaker who got 75 percent of the vote in November – as they come off of four years of undermining Trump’s presidency, in part because they constantly promoted the idea that he conspired with Russian operatives to win in 2016.
Greene announced last week that she has already raised $1.6 million for her re-election campaign, thanks to 60,000 donors spread across all 50 states.
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