Kevin McCarthy Shows Marjorie Taylor Greene Who’s Boss: The Angry Lady With The Gun
Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer gave Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy an ultimatum: Either he bounces Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments or the Democrats would do it themselves. Hoyer gave McCarthy 72 hours to act, and now we'll all get to watch Republican leadership fold once again to its burgeoning extremist wing. It's like 2011, when the Tea Party freshman class came in and let their freak flags fly, all over again.
McCarthy, the man who would be speaker, had a long chat Tuesday with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who's brought great shame to a party that already includes Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan. He wanted Greene to ditch her divisive “campaign mode" and behave like a normal person who doesn't think Jews have access to space lasers. This implies that Greene has a “mode" other than attention-getting or that she's capable of acting normal.
CNN reports that there's no evidence Greene is bothered by the fact that she's awful, which is an ongoing problem with terrible people.
“I regret nothing!"CNN
McCarthy reportedly asked Greene if she'd apologize for endorsing the assassination of her political opponents, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, grossly suggesting the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting was a "false flag" operation, and questioning whether the Pentagon was actually attacked on 9/11. She said no, which makes McCarthy a big joke. The guy wants Pelosi's job but he can't convince a freshman representative who's been in Congress for a month to apologize for saying repulsive shit. It doesn't even have to be a good apology, like when Ted Yoho called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “fucking bitch."
Reportedly, McCarthy provided a “slew of options" to Greene, but they all involved showing a smidgen of remorse like a mentally healthy person. Greene wasn't interested. She's the boss now, because she has the unwavering support of the twice-impeached, one-term loser.
Georgia Elections Manager Gabriel Sterling told CNN's Kate Bolduan yesterday that Greene "has a very wide following in this country," but most evidence is to the contrary. Her primary opponent, Dr. John Cowan, believes she cost Republicans the Senate (hooray!), and that's not just sour grapes: Greene's congressional district had the biggest drop in turnout during the runoffs. Her crazy-making rhetoric couldn't deliver her own constituents to the polls.
According to Politico, House Republicans believe a floor vote on Greene's committee assignments “would be catastrophic," but Greene won't spare them one because like her orange idol, she doesn't care about the party as a whole. McCarthy will try to broker a deal with Hoyer where Greene is removed from the Education and Labor committee if Democrats let her remain on the Budget committee. Democrats are likely to response with all available middle fingers extended.
Ever the professional, Greene let loose a screed on Twitter where she made it clear that she'll never change and no one can make her.
No matter what @GOPLeader does it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats. As much as he genuinely tries to work with @SpeakerPelosi for the good of this country, she refuses to see the hypocrisy of her own conference.
Democrats HATE AMERICA! Oogah-boogah! They are also currently in the majority and will decide her fate, but maybe Greene can't count. We both might've avoided the hard sciences when we were at the University of Georgia.
Greene went on to smear Democrats some more for unity. It's unclear how this is supposed to rally any skeptical Republicans to her side.
Filled with members who supported, cheered on, & funded criminal thugs who riot, burn, loot, attack police, murder, & occupy federal property.
She's stuck in the summer of 2020, but a MAGA mob attacked the Capitol last month. Try as they might, Republicans aren't going to find direct links between Democratic Congress members and “criminal thugs."
Members who sleep with our greatest enemy, marry their brother to get him in our country, lead a violent mob in neighborhoods, and more.
There it is. Some more racist, Islamophobic crap about Rep. Ilhan Omar.
They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children's education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God's creation. And the bloodthirsty media are their henchmen who help them by relentlessly attacking anyone in their path.
McCarthy really got through to her, didn't he? As my wife would say, “He's awesome. He is awesome at his job."
We know who they all are. We owe them no apologies. We will never back down. We only serve the ONE who created us ALL, and we only bow to HIM. And we know who we are, free and saved by HIS grace. No matter what.
Greene can't hide behind hyperbole when she won't even say she's sorry for sharing explicitly violent rhetoric on social media. The one-term loser was impeached (the second time) for inciting a mob, and Republicans insist we “move on" so we can heal. Greene obviously isn't moving on and she's still pouring gas on the fire.
She doesn't belong on a committee. She doesn't belong in Congress. Republicans will sit back and do nothing as what Mitch McConnell described as a “cancer" in the GOP metastasizes.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."