U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) spaks to a colleague with her “Trump Won” face mask pulled down below her mouth on the floor of the House of Representatives before taking her oath of office as a newly elected member of the 117th House of Representatives in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott/Pool

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has enough material to earn her own spoof on the opening night of “Saturday Night Live,” but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is not amused. 

Without naming Greene, McConnell used many examples from past statements of the freshman Congresswoman to make a point Monday evening that “loony lies and conspiracy theories are a cancer for the Republican Party and our country.” 

“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed J.F.K. Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”

Greene has made life hard for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who is facing pressure from Democrats as well as her own party to boot her off her committee assignments. Greene doesn’t deny that McConnell was talking about her, saying Monday that former President Donald Trump called to support her and firing back in a tweet that “the real cancer for the Republican party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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SNL Leaves Viewers Furious After People Notice What Was Missing from First Show of 2021 – Chicks On The Right – 2/2/2021
After four years of constant Trump mockery, SNL did not follow up with a Biden skit.

What Can Be Done About Marjorie Taylor Greene? – Slate Magazine – 2/2/2021
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been in office less than a month, but she’s already drawing attention for some pretty disturbing superlatives. 

In 2019, Marjorie Taylor Greene told protesters to “flood the Capitol,” feel free to use violence – Salon – 2/2/2021
Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene called on supporters to “flood the Capitol Building” in a protest against “tyrannical” leaders, telling them that Democratic lawmakers “should fear us” and that “we should feel like we will” use violence “if we have to.”

The GOP’s house was divided long before Trump’s rise and fall – NBC News – 2/2/2021
We mention that campaign history from three presidential cycles ago, because it helps tell the story of how today’s Republican Party remains fractured between establishment vs. populist forces.

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Mitt Romney Are Engaged in a Twitter Feud – Hill Reporter – 1/31/2021
And the freshman lawmaker isn’t backing down despite heavy criticism. Some of that criticism is even coming from within her own party. Greene furiously shot back yesterday when she was slammed by Utah senator Mitt Romney.

McConnell Blasts Taylor Greene’s ‘Loony’ Statements as ‘Cancer’ for GOP, Defends Liz Cheney  – National Review – 2/2/2021
Greene has drawn scrutiny for past statements on social media in support of conspiracy theories, such as QAnon, the belief that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a hoax, and that the Rothschild family used space lasers to start California wildfires.

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