The US Congress Has a Problem: Marjorie Taylor Greene

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Calls for resignation are raining in, but nothing seems to stop it. Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been in the House of Representatives since January, has spiraled out of control. A follower of the conspiracy theories of the far-right movement QAnon, which believes in particular in the existence of a sect made up of pedophile and satanist elites, she does not hesitate to propagate the most delusional theses.

A ball in the head”

His latest feats of arms? Violent comments against Democrats, highlighted by the CNN channel, which sparked a heated debate. In particular, in January 2019, even before targeting Congress, “liked” on Facebook a comment according to which dismissing Democratic speaker Nancy Pelosi from office would be easier with a “bullet in the head”. She has since, on several occasions, openly suggested that the Speaker of the House of Representatives deserved to die. And claimed his “impeachment” for “treason”, a “crime punishable by death”. The 46-year-old Republican has also supported calls to execute FBI agents who are believed to be part of a “Deep State” against Donald Trump. Marjorie Taylor Greene is convinced that Joe Biden “stole” his victory. The day after her swearing in, she also claimed her indictment for “abuse of power”.

Old videos also emerge, including one, which dates from 2019, in which she attacks David Hogg, a survivor of the high school massacre in Parkland (Florida) and now an anti-gun activist. She did not hesitate to claim that the mass shootings were staged to harm Second Amendment supporters on carrying guns, and that the survivors were actors. In the past, the elected official, never running out of controversy, has also accused American intelligence of being behind the attacks of September 11 and shared Islamophobic and anti-Semitic opinions. Facebook had to censor a photo posted during its “Save America!” Stop socialism! ”. She showed up with her AR-15. His goal: to warn the “antifa terrorists” that they had an interest in staying outside his state, Georgia.

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Caught in a whirlwind of controversy, the elected representative accuses the media, and CNN in particular, of lies. She defends herself by arguing that teams have managed her social networks and made believe that certain posts shared or “liked” did not represent her opinions. At the same time, she started cleaning up her profiles to erase the compromising messages. Marjorie Taylor Greene also claims to have distanced herself from QAnon. But the pressure is increasing. The Democrats issue an ultimatum to the Republicans: she must be quickly excluded from the parliamentary committees in which she sits – Education and Budget – otherwise the issue will be debated in plenary meeting on Wednesday.

A “cancer” for the Republican Party

Californian Jimmy Gomez demands his expulsion from the House, and has already obtained the support of about fifty colleagues. Nancy Pelosi now speaks of her as an “enemy” in the House of Representatives. As for the African-American elected Cori Bush, she announced on January 29, on Twitter, that she was moving her office away from hers, for her safety and that of her team. She accuses him of defending the ideas of white supremacism, of having supported the attackers of the Capitol on January 6 and of refusing to wear the mask while the elected officials were taken to safety. Marjorie Taylor Greene has indeed continued to accuse the “Antifa / BlackLivesMatter terrorism” and its “democratic accomplices like Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Kamala Harris or AOC” to be responsible for the attack. “Those who fuel the insurgency and spread conspiracies have blood on their hands. They must be kicked out, ”she tweeted.

Can she be excluded from Congress? This would require two thirds of the House of Representatives to vote in favor of this option. However, for the moment, the Republicans, who have 212 seats out of 435, are not rushing to the gate to condemn his remarks. Leader Kevin McCarthy is reportedly looking to bring her into the ranks. According to CNN, he is expected to speak with her soon. The Republican leaders are faced with a dilemma: how not to alienate the most die-hard Trumpists while also not putting themselves in a delicate situation for the midterm elections of 2022?

Monday evening, Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, however created the surprise, with a firm condemnation, even if he never directly mentioned his name. “Absurd lies and conspiracy theories are a cancer for the Republican Party and our country. Someone who suggested that no planes crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, that horrific school shootings were staged, and that the Clintons caused JFK Jr.’s plane to crash, does not live in reality. It has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the vigorous substantive debates that can strengthen our party, ”he told The hill.

To continue reading: QAnon, the conspiratorial network that revolves around Donald Trump

The only one who doesn’t feel unwell is Marjorie Taylor Greene. Responding to Mitch McConnell’s statements, she quickly tweeted that the “party’s only real cancer” was “the weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.” “This is the reason why we are losing our country.” A fan of Trump, she showed up on her first day on Capitol Hill, Jan. 3, wearing a “Trump won” mask. She is now bragging about having a meeting with him soon at his private club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, and insinuating that he would support her 100%. However, no one close to the former president has confirmed this.

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