Hours before Rep. Mike Johnson was announced as the next contestant on the House Republicans game show “Who Will Be Publicly Humiliated Next?”—since even if he wins the vote, he will inevitably be humiliated—the previous contestant, Rep. Tom Emmer, unceremoniously dropped out of the running. At the time, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was being interviewed on Fox Business with host Larry Kudlow.
Greene broke the news to the Fox audience by saying so many of the quiet things out loud that it is hard to imagine a clearer presentation of the Republican Party’s embrace of authoritarian politics. Calling Emmer’s decision to drop out “good news,” Greene explained that while she thought Emmer “was a nice guy. I like him as a person,” she also thought his shows of support for human rights, civil rights, and voting rights disqualified him from leading the Republican Party:
His voting record, he voted against President Trump's transgender ban in the military. He voted for the Democrats’ gay marriage bill that allows churches to be sued if they don't support gay marriages. He also, you know, once had supported the voting rights, the national voting movement that was completely against what we stand for [sic] so that we can't have that for a speaker of the House.
It is important to remember that Emmer is a guy who supported Trump’s inhumane “family separation” immigration policy, voted against the American Rescue Plan in 2021, and had signed on for trying to overturn the election in 2020. But protecting children and voting rights were a bridge too far, it seems.