Note: House vote on Greene expected at 4:00pm. Eastern — UPDATE: she’s been voted off the committees. See latest updates below.
Just when you think MTG couldn’t get any worse, David Corn at Mother Jones has dug up more in her background.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Was a Moderator of a Facebook Group Featuring Death Threats and Racist Memes
It promoted assorted conspiracy theories—and even the John Birch Society.
Before she was elected to the House of Representatives as a member from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Trumpy, QAnon-friendly, conspiracy-toting, gun-lovin’, mass-shooting-denying, assassination-promoting lightning-rod Republican, was a top official of the Family America Project, a right-wing outfit. In that capacity, she served as one of a handful of moderators of the group’s Facebook page, which has provided a forum for death threats against Democrats, bigoted attacks on the Obamas and others, and assorted conspiracy theories. The group has also championed the John Birch Society, a far-right conspiracist outfit that claimed throughout the Cold War that globalist and communist treason had penetrated the highest levels of US government.
The article details Greene’s connections to decades of right wing extremism to be found at the website. The woman will never run out of CT.
She’s on a roll:
No signs of backing down after meeting with House Minority Leader McCarthy, discussing things she might do to damp down the flames a little.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) signaled on Wednesday morning that her meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) the night before did little to shut down her bombastic outbursts.
In a Trumpian Twitter screed brimming with smears and racist dogwhistles, Greene ranted that “No matter what [McCarthy] does it would never be enough for the hate America Democrats.”
“We owe them no apologies,” she tweeted. “We will never back down.”
...According to Politico, McCarthy warned Greene that the controversy was putting the House GOP caucus in a difficult position and put forth several options: Apologize and denounce her past views or remove herself from her committee spots. CNN reported that Greene did not agree to apologize.
She’s channeling Donald Trump to raise money off the backlash:
...Deploying the Trumpian tactic of claiming to be singled out by career politicians, Greene blasted out a fundraising email on Wednesday complaining Democrats want her “cancelled from Congress.” She also whined that she doesn’t have the support of the “Establishment wing of the Republican party” — a move she pulled the day before as more Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), decried her past conspiracy-ridden and violent rhetoric that has recently resurfaced.
“Never before has a Republican been under attack like me since the Democrats tried to impeach and remove President Trump from office,” Greene’s fundraising email on Wednesday said. “And without your support, I have no way of defending myself.”
Greene went on to gripe about “Big Tech” banning her from sponsored ads and characterizing the backlash as “nasty smear tactics” before affirming she and her Trumpian rhetoric would not be intimidated.
Steny Hoyer is moving to strip her of all committee assignments, which will probably be a party-line vote.
...“The language she has used, in many respects, goes far beyond the remarks that Steve King made through the years,” Hoyer said, referring to the former congressman from Iowa who McCarthy removed from committees after years of racist and white supremacist remarks.
Democrats wield significant power this time: The resolution to strip Greene of her assignments would yank her off the committees with just a simple majority vote, which can be done without any Republicans.
That ending to the drama would be less than optimal for Republicans, who would be forced onto the record with a vote to punish Greene or not. McCarthy, though, is clearly wary of angering the Greene-Trump base by coming down too hard.
The vote will happen Thursday.
There’s no downside for MTG at this point. Even if they expelled her it would only enhance her appeal for the GOP base — she’d become a right wing media star and martyr to the cause. More worrisome are those who share her views, but are either smart enough to soft-pedal them, or don’t dare to pull them off the way she does.
McCarthy has his hands full — and Pelosi is throwing him an anchor. It’s part of the larger problem for the Republican Party. They have nothing to run on except CT and white grievance at this point. The only ‘good’ side to all this for McCarthy is the circus around MTG is drawing attention away from the rest of the GOP train wreck in progress. ETTD.
After 4 years of Trump, there’s no way back for the party. Either they attempt to seize power by force, lies, and/or vote suppression (which they’re working on) or they (hopefully) go into a death spiral. The problem for the rest of us will be managing containment.