GOP Rep chides MTG, defends Speaker Johnson from ouster attempt: ‘She just made a big mistake, you know’

Tensions boiled over in the House when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a motion to vacate the chair to oust Speaker Mike Johnson, drawing a rebuke from some of her GOP colleagues.

Johnson’s caving in to Democrats on the $1.2 trillion “minibus” spending bill was the final straw for the fiery Georgian who was then chastised by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) who ripped her “big mistake” in a video posted to X on Friday.

“I consider Marjorie Taylor Greene to be my friend. She’s still my friend. But she just made a big mistake, you know, trying to vacate Mike Johnson,” Higgins began. “I totally oppose that. Listen, Mike is a very good man, man begins every day from the right place, he’s deeply principled, he’s like, he’s like a brother to me.”

“And to think that that one of our Republican colleagues would, would, would call for his ouster right now, it’s, it’s really, it’s abhorrent to me and I oppose it,” he continued. “I stand with Mike Johnson. He is maybe the only guy in history that could potentially perform and help us navigate through these very dark and challenging times when he has to deal with a one-vote majority in the House of Representatives, he’s got a Democrat-controlled Senate and a weaponized, Democrat-controlled White House.”

“You got one guy that can deal with that, you know who it is? My brother, Mike Johnson. I stand with Mike, and I expect my colleagues to unanimously oppose this big mistake that we presented today,” he said of his fellow Louisiana Republican.

“But again, a lady that I consider a friend, sometimes friends makes mistakes, in this case, Marjorie has made a big mistake. I stand with Mike Johnson,” the congressman concluded.

Higgins’ scolding of MTG wasn’t well received by other X users.

“No Republican in good conscience can vote for the uniparty minibus. This is not a Republican bill. It is a Chuck Schumer, Democrat-controlled bill coming from the “Republican-controlled” House,” Greene said on X prior to the motion to vacate. “The Speaker of the House should not bring it to the floor.”

Chris Donaldson

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