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It’s mighty tempting to treat Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as an aberration in Washington, someone so far out of the American political mainstream that she can and should be ignored. That would be a mistake—for both major political parties.
Greene, a Georgia Republican, is an indication of the mood in the right. She was stripped of her congressional assignments by GOP Leadership just one month after arriving to Congress. She slings grievance better than anyone in the Nats’ bullpen throws pitches. With her outrageous speech, she knows how to spread conspiracy theories and misinformation among liberals. As unmasked and unvaccinated as she is uncivil, she tears through Capitol Hill. She’s also unapologetic.
Step inside Greene’s brand of professional outrage, performance art, and you will be simultaneously in a live autopsy of the Republican Party and its reanimation. Greene was on the phone for just over an hour with her constituents and supporters to shout some of her most outrageous ideas, dog whistles or cherry-picked facts.
This evening featured a Trumpian masterclass. She called COVID-19 a “bioweapon” and said Biden’s “authoritarian” MandatoryNot allowing vaccinations AtCompanies of more than 100 workers were put on hold, despite the fact that it is less complicated. In a troll of transgender individuals who are expecting, she said, “The only people that are pregnant are women.” She wrongly asserted that Biden’s Justice Department still believes parents are “domestic terrorists” and that Republicans ProposedThere were credible members on the panel charged with investigating Jan. 6, insurrection and not two openly hostile members. She called the protesters who stormed the Capitol “innocent people who simply got legal permits to protest on Jan. 6.”
Greene said Biden’s looming infrastructure plan would amount to “a communist takeover of America” and would teach racism on college campuses. “It’s going to bankrupt the country, plain and simple,” Greene predicted, adding it probably would cost some $5 trillion. (Democratic drafters placed the NumberAt $1.75 Trillion and waiting on a ruling of the Congressional Budget Office. The bill was “a payoff to the communist social elite,” she said. “You know who these people are: big-tech executives, these are the companies that censored you and kicked you off Facebook, kicked you off social media and silenced your voice.” This, of course, would be news to the suspected commies who made billions on social media.
However, it was one question she had to ask callers in the course of the conference.Session That is the best way to see why Greene needs to be taken seriously. “Do you support Congresswoman Greene’s stance that the 13 House Republicans who voted for Biden’s Communist infrastructure bill betrayed their party?” she asked.
The Capitol Republicans try to treat Greene like Democrats Managment the likes of Reps. Tulsi Gabbard or Dennis Kucinich—as a quirky outlier who doesn’t represent the spine of the political party they call home. But where those fringy Democrats largely coexisted with their mainstream comrades, Greene isn’t content to be the corollary who spouts off and is shown the door. Her Republican coworkers who supported the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which ex-President Donald Trump tried to kill like a savage, are being punished actively by Greene.
Right before she fired up her conference call platform, Greene told reporters that unless Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy punishes the infrastructure-backing Republicans, she might not find her way to supporting McCarthy’s bid to become Speaker someday. Purity tests inside the party will make it more homogenous but also one with fewer members, something McCarthy knows as he weighs his own political ambitions against the broader party-making efforts he’s nursing.
Democrats, on the other hand, have taken to ridiculing Greene and made him an avatar for modern GOP. That play was run in 2018, and they made surprising gains during the midterms, casting all Republican candidates as Trump Lite.
But Greene isn’t Trump. She may have learned from his playbook, but it’s one thing to test jabs from afar and another to be in the ring. Greene was a common instigator of flaps between Democrats on Capitol Hill. Sometimes it can seem unrelenting. Rep. Eric Swalwell had to take off his mask after one of her staffers asked him. Please replyWith profanity. Weeks later, Greene Indicted Swalwell of having an affair with “his Chinese spy girlfriend.” On another occasion, Greene heckled a Democratic press conference, drawing the usually steady Debbie Dingell to TellHer colleague across the aisle joined her to show the civility that she learned in church Sundays from her fellow. (Greene’s chief of staff called it RetireThe next day.
Greene isn’t here to play nicely. Greene seems to be constantly documenting social media moments in order to make them more visible. More than $60,000She was fined for not wearing a mask at the Capitol and last night she said she wasn’t vaccinated.
While her alliance with the likes of Trump are useful to scare Democratic donors, it misses this fact: Greene actually might be the most accurate representation of one—albeit narrow—slice of what the contemporary conservative movement represents. Although she might not have the same sound as D.C. hears at the Capitol Hill Club where the GOP elite meets, Greene could be the one who is most familiar with the essence of the conservative movement. Basis. The most famous Line about CPAC being the cantina scene from Star WarsIt suddenly seems like the world needs to be digital. Up-to-date, too.
That’s the question both parties need to investigate: Is Greene just a hangover from the Trump era, or is she, in fact, destined to play a part in the future of the Republican Party? We’ve seen flashes of this rising star before from the outside. She’s as plain-spoken as Pat Buchanan was when he positioned himself as the heir to Ronald Reagan and won the New Hampshire primary in 1996. She’s as indifferent to facts as Sarah Palin, whose political power after the failed 2008 vice presidential bid helped give tailwinds to the Tea Party revolution of 2010. And Greene is as brazen as Trump when it comes to savoring opponents’ pain as personal victory.
When it comes to opposing Biden, Greene’s four articles of impeachment are simply parked in wait for a Republican majority in the House. If Republicans take the majority next year as many in both parties expect, she could be a position more than anyone holding a gavel to shape the public’s opinion. Greene is not to be overlooked in that context, regardless of how outlandish she might seem historically. It was sufficient to win over a common political foe that Joe Biden won the nomination last year. Biden now represents the enemy for Republicans.
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