Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts GOP holdouts in speaker race for playing up ‘conservative fantasies’

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is defying the media characterization of her being an extremist in that she continues to be the voice of reason when it comes to the Republican caucus electing the next speaker of the House.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Greene responded to an effort by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of five staunch holdouts who refuse to back House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker, to recruit U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as a viable alternative to the California lawmaker.

“Jim is publicly supporting McCarthy & does not want to be Speaker. Jim wants to chair Judiciary & the left is terrified of him bc he’s going to be great! If he’s Speaker he can’t lead investigations into the FBI & DOJ. He’ll have his hands & talents tied with Speaker duties,” Greene tweeted.

McCarthy needs 218 votes to become the next speaker of the House and has yet to reach that threshold. With the Republican Party holding a slim majority of 4 seats, the group of five GOP lawmakers can deny him the gavel but they have not put forth an alternative candidate. Gaetz is adamant that McCarthy will not become speaker and on Christmas Eve he tweeted: “All I want for Christmas is @Jim_Jordan to realize he should be Speaker of the House!”

“I love Jim Jordan. He endorsed me when practically no one else would,” Greene continued on Thursday. “And because of that I want to see Jim do exactly what he wants to do and will be amazing at, Chairman of Judiciary. He’s worked hard and is prepared like no other Republican. And America needs him to do it.”

“Time to be honest to America about the Speaker’s race. Not play up our conservative fantasies and sell Speaker candidates that don’t want to be Speaker,” she added. “The Never movement in the Republican Party is only hurting America and needs to end. Let’s get it together and Save America!”

The group opposing McCarthy also includes U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Bob Good of Virginia, Matt Rosendale of Montana, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina — they are called the “Never-Kevin Caucus.”

Greene made a similar appeal a few days before the Christmas break in an exhaustive Twitter thread where she explained that the next speaker will be “elected inside our conference that unfortunately for us conservatives is filled with too many moderates and it’s IMPOSSIBLE for a conservative to get 218 votes.”

She blasted the holdouts, calling on them to “stop lying.”

“It’s time for my friends in the Never Kevin Caucus to stop lying to the base just bc they don’t like Kevin McCarthy,” Greene tweeted. “They do not have a plan and there is no consensus candidate. Sabotaging the country for personal reasons is not brave or righteous, it’s selfish and foolish.”

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