Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene insists House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy does not have the full support of House Republicans to become Speaker.
Republicans are favored to take the congressional majority next year as polling and recent redistricting favor them taking the lead from Democrats.
‘We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,’ Greene said on Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Firebrand podcast.
‘He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats,’ she said on the episode that aired Thursday morning.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene insists House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy does not have the ‘full support’ or ‘the votes’ of House Republicans to become Speaker
She expressed her opinions on Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Firebrand podcast released Thursday
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been criticized by conservatives and Democrats
Both Greene and Gosar have been stripped of their committee assignments for threatening Democrats.
Gosar was censured this month for posting a manipulated anime cartoon showing him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Greene was removed from her assignments after posting messages that included anti-Semitic and Islamophobic comments, as well as sharing QAnon conspiracy theories.
McCarthy has been under pressure to take action against members who have used violent rhetoric, amid a growing number of threats against lawmakers in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
But he shrugged off the matter, at a press conference, saying they could expect to get back their committee position if Republicans retake the House in the 2022 midterms.
However, when Gaetz asked Greene if she respected the sitting Republican leadership she was quick to voice her opposition.
‘I can’t respect leadership that doesn’t hold people accountable, yet allows people like me, Paul Gosar, to be constantly trampled on and abused, and then will throw us under the bus at the first given chance. I’m really sick of it,’ she said.
Greene’s spokesperson Nick Dyer explained in a statement to Newsweek: ‘Democrats have consistently targeted Congresswoman Greene since she was sworn in on January 3rd. Rep. Jimmy Gomez and over 70 other Democrats have a bill to expel her. Not to mention, the Democrats destroying Congressional norms and voting to remove (Greene) from committees.’
House Minority Leader on Thursday said Greene (left) and Gosar (right) would be restored to committee seats if the GOP retook the House in midterm elections next year
Gomez introduced a resolution to expel Greene from her seat citing her previous social media posts calling for violence against Democrats and promoting extremist conspiracy theories. Seventy-three House Democrats have since signed onto the effort.
‘Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has previously supported social media posts calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House members of Congress, and former President Barak Obama,’ Gomez said in a statement at the beginning of this year.
‘Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,’ Gomez continued.
‘And it is with their safety in mind as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country, that I call on my House colleagues to support my resolution to immediately remove Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene from this legislative body.’
But even if Greene is expelled from her position, Republicans have the largest lead in 40 years when it comes to voters’ preferences going into the 2022 midterms, with a new poll showing more than half of U.S. voters would prefer a Republican candidate.
An ABC News/ Washington Post poll released this month shows that 51 per cent of 882 registered voters surveyed would support a GOP candidate in their district in the midterm elections if they were held today while only 41 per cent say they would support a Democrat.
Republicans hold their biggest lead in 40 years over Democratic congressional candidates when it comes to registered voters preferences
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., acknowledged Democrats did not do as well as they had hoped in the most recent election
Registered voters were asked in the phone survey: ‘If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for (the Democratic candidate) or (the Republican candidate) in your congressional district?’
Four per cent said they wouldn’t vote for either a Republican or Democrat, another 4 per cent said they don’t have an opinion and the remaining 1 per cent fall in the ‘other’ category.
This poll shows the GOP is in the biggest lead over their Democratic counterparts in four decades – since the pollsters started asking the question in November 1981.
Republicans leading Democrats in this category has only happened nine times ever in the 110 polls taken with the question.
It is also only the second time where the advantage has been significant – outside the margin of error. In January 2002, the GOP had a seven point lead over Democrats.
Otherwise, Democrats have consistently out-ranked Republicans in the nation-wide voter preference survey.
This month Republicans added 13 House Democrats to their target list for next year’s midterms after a come-from-behind win in the Virginia governor’s race and a too-close to call contest in New Jersey.
They hope Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Terry McAuliffe in a state that President Biden won by 10 percentage points a year ago shows they are on course to retake the House in 2022 and oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.