Senator Mitch McConnell said Monday that the “wacky lies and conspiracy theories” adopted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene amounted to “cancer” of the Republican Party, issuing what was in effect a scathing rebuke to the Republican freshman from Georgia.
In a statement reported by The Hill, Mr. McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, never named Ms. Greene, but he spoke about several of the far-fetched and bogus conspiracy theories she married and warned that of such statements prejudiced the party.
“Someone who suggested that no planes crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, that horrific school shootings were pre-arranged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s plane does not live in reality, ”McConnell said. “It has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the intense substantive debates that can make our party stronger.”
Last week, Republican House leaders were mostly silent as pressure mounted to respond to the cascade of problematic Ms Greene’s social media posts and videos that surfaced last week, in which she endorsed a seemingly endless array of conspiracy and violence theories. behavior, including the execution of Democratic leaders. At the same time, they are weighing calls from within their ranks by loyalists to former President Donald J. Trump to strip Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the third Republican, of her leadership position as punishment for her vote to impeach. Mr. Trump.
In a separate statement reported by TBEN, Mr. McConnell weighed in on behalf of Ms. Cheney, who represents Wyoming’s only congressional district, calling her a “leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on it.”
Mr McConnell, who believes Mr Trump has committed uneasy crimes, has made it clear that he is ready to vote to condemn the former president for ‘inciting insurgency’, despite having voted with the great majority of Republicans last week to dismiss the case as unconstitutional.
Mr McConnell’s twin statements were a rare step for Washington’s most powerful Republican to insert himself into an increasingly ugly intra-partisan feud.
They have stepped up pressure on Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, who is due to meet Ms Greene later this week amid calls from outside Republican groups and some members of his own party to revoke the powers. of the Georgia freshman committee. This leaves Mr McCarthy on uncomfortable middle ground after Ms Greene said over the weekend that she spoke to Mr Trump and received his support, essentially defining any action Republican leaders could to undertake against it as defiant by proxy.
Ms Greene offered her own line in response to Mr McConnell on Twitter, saying the party’s “real cancer” was “weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.”
House Democrats said Monday they were prepared to unilaterally remove Ms Greene from her committees if Mr McCarthy does not act, pushing forward a measure to strip her of her assignments which will be considered by the Settlement Committee. Room Wednesday.