Marjorie Taylor Greene says Kevin McCarthy lacks votes to become Speaker

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is claiming that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) does not have the votes among Republican members to become Speaker should the GOP recapture control of the chamber during next year’s midterm elections.

“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference,” the freshman Georgia Republican told Florida colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz during the latter’s “Firebrand” podcast that aired Thursday. “He doesn’t have the full support to be Speaker.

“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 added, according to Business Insider.

Gaetz then asked Greene if she had respect for the current GOP leadership in the House.

“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,” Greene said.

Nick Dyer, a spokesman for Greene, told Newsweek that in describing “abuse,” Greene was referring specifically to the February vote in Congress to strip her of her committee assignments for past social media posts. She was removed from the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Budget Committee; 11 Republicans joined with Democrats to remove her from her seats on the committees after accusing her of endorsing political violence and conspiracies.

“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,” Dyer said.

He went on to mention Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) who yelled at Greene in the halls of Congress for not wearing a mask in a Jan. 29 video, as well as Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) who put up a transgender flag across from Greene’s congressional office in opposition to her stance against transgender accommodations she feels impinges on the privacy of others.

And last week, members voted to strip Gosar, an Arizona Republican, from his committee assignments as well on the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees after he tweeted an anime video depicting him slaying a character featuring the head of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

After being stripped of her assignments, Greene said that left her with more free time to build a political network supportive of former President Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ policies which is helping her move the GOP to the right, the Washington Post has reported.

Greene was also upset at the 13 Republicans who crossed over to vote with Democrats to salvage the recently passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after it appeared that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lacked the votes in her own caucus to pass it without GOP support.

Referring to those 13 members as “traitors,” she went on to call for them to be removed from House assignments, actions which McCarthy has yet to initiate.

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