Election 2024

Marjorie Taylor Greene begs voters to elect “horrible, sh**ty” Republicans

May 1, 2024; Washington, DC, USA; Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speaks during a press conference outside the US Capitol on potential motion to vacate against Speaker of the House Mike Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY
Rep. Greene (R-GA) speaks on May 1, 2024. Photo: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY via IMAGN

Anti-LGBTQ+ is begging people to vote for “horrible, sh**ty” Republicans that she hates just so the GOP can win the presidency and control of the House. She didn’t mention that Republicans already control the House and their leadership has resulted in chaos and a failure to achieve her political aims.

“If you care about President Trump getting in the White House, you have to get all your friends and family, everyone you know to get out and vote for him. But you may also have to swallow down voting for that RINO [Republican in name only], horrible, shitty Republican you hate … just so we can control the House,” Greene said while speaking to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in a recent installment of his War Room program on the right-wing media outlet Real America’s Voice.

I’m sorry, that’s the facts, Steve,” she continued. “I hate it. I want all the RINOs gone, but that’s the reality.” The acronym RINOs refers to Republicans who do not adhere to someone’s preferred right-wing ideology.

Greene didn’t mention in her plea that Republicans have controlled the House since 2023, and their time controlling the lower congressional chamber has been marked by in-party fighting and an inability to pass her far-right agenda.

In late 2022, far-right Republicans like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) threatened to oust then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for being “out of compliance” with the Republican hardliners who put him into power. House Republicans then ousted McCarthy (R-CA) because he worked with Democrats to pass a stopgap funding measure to prevent the federal government from shutting down.

The House remained virtually paralyzed for seven weeks after McCarthy’s ouster, while Republicans unsuccessfully nominated three other candidates for House Speaker — all opposed by far-right House members — until they finally voted in Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), a politician with a long anti-LGBTQ+ record.

Since then, Greene and the Freedom Caucus have repeatedly threatened to shut down the government if they’re not appeased.

Since Johnson’s appointment to the speakership, Greene has repeatedly criticized him for not being sufficiently right-wing enough for her tastes. In late March, Greene filed a surprise motion to oust Johnson because he allowed the House to vote on a $1.2 trillion government funding bill today that included funding for “trans ideology,” as she put it. The bill, which largely excluded her and other far-right Republicans’ desired anti-LGBTQ+ provisions, cleared the House on March 22 in a 286 -134 vote.

Greene finally filed her motion to kick out Johnson in early May. A majority of her House Republican colleagues united with 163 Democrats to help defeat her motion immediately in a 359-43 vote, but not before booing her as she introduced the vote.

In short, even if voters help elect “sh**ty” Republicans to office like Greene suggests, she and her cohorts may still make a mess of things.

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