Trump supporter and conspiracy ideologue Marjorie Taylor Greene is now a member of Congress. Even Republicans are calling for her expulsion.
Marjorie Taylor Greene at the U.S. Capitol wears a mask that reads "censored" Photo: Joshua Roberts/reuters
"Kick her out," demand Grassroots activists, Democratic members of Congress and an increasing number of Republicans. They are referring to Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who entered the House of Representatives just a month ago.
But the radical right, who insults survivors of rampages, worships Trump and wishes death by execution on Democratic congressmen, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, defies them all. On her face masks, which usually hang below her chin, she carries around the slogans of those who voted on the 6th. January stormed Congress. Among them, the claim that the presidential election was "stolen". Alternatively, she’s walking around with a mask that reads, "censored."
On Monday, the most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate also publicly distanced himself. Mitch McConnell, who for four years made sure Trump had his back in the Senate, now calls Greene’s conspiracy theories and lies a "cancer in the Republican Party."
McConnell’s words are an unusual intrusion from the Senate into the second chamber of Congress. It comes just days before the head of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives asked Greene to come in for a meeting to discuss her behavior.
Greene represents deep division
Caucus leader Kevin McCarthy could expel Greene from House committees, including the Education Committee, of which she is a member. He did that once before years ago with a congressman who has shown open sympathy for white supremacists.
But McCarthy, like Greene, is a Trump backer. Just days ago, the caucus leader made a pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago, where the former president has set up his new headquarters. And from where he is trying to prepare a Republican – or rather Trumpist – comeback for the 2022 midterm elections.
Greene is verbally currently the most extreme and aggressive Republican in the U.S. Congress. But she is just one of dozens who claim, against all evidence, that the presidential election was rigged, ideologically preparing the ground for the storming of Congress. She represents the deep divide that runs across her party.
Biden hosts Republicans
While she rants – she did so in several dozen tweets Monday – other Republicans are seeking to talk with the new president. Ten senators were at the White House on Monday. Joe Biden received them as the first politicians from the U.S. Congress – ahead of representatives from his own party.
In Capitol hallways, Greene harasses and threatens Democratic congressmen
It was a "useful meeting," Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins said afterwards. Admittedly, the two sides are hundreds of billions of dollars apart on the issue at hand, the stimulus package Biden wants to use to revive the pandemic-weakened economy.
Meanwhile, another newly elected member of the House of Representatives moved to another office farther away from Greene for the safety of her team. Greene had verbally attacked left-leaning Democrat Cori Bush of St. Louis, an activist from the Black Lives Matter movement, in the hallways of the Capitol without a mask. On Twitter, Greene called the congresswoman a "terrorist."
Calling herself "100 percent pro-life, 100 percent pro-firearms, and 100 percent pro-Trump," Greene said she was "a terrorist. On Sunday, she proudly tweeted that she had a "GREAT conversation" with the former president.