Republicans, Democrats, and Donald Trump Agree on One Thing: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Move to Oust Mike Johnson Is a Dumb Idea


Last month, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s GOP colleagues responded to her calls to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson by saying issues like, “Don’t bother us,” and cease “airing your grievances,” and “Nobody cares what Marjorie Taylor Greene says or thinks.” Unfortunately for Greene (or perhaps sadly for her coworkers), she didn’t seem to get the message, and somewhat than shifting on, selected Wednesday to dig in.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, the far-right congresswoman introduced that she is going to formally increase a “motion to vacate” Johnson subsequent week, i.e. attempt to boot him from his management place. Claiming Johnson “is not capable” of doing his job, Greene mentioned she was giving Republicans the weekend to “prepare,” including, “I care about my conference.” It additionally appears probably she‘s hoping people will change their minds over the next several days, because currently she appears to have little support—on either side of the aisle. As The Washington Post reports, representatives Thomas Massie and Paul Gosar are the only Republicans who’ve publicly backed Greene’s effort to take away Johnson, whereas Democrats, who helped oust Kevin McCarthy final 12 months, have mentioned they gained’t do the identical this time round.

On Tuesday, House minority chief Hakeem Jeffries mentioned Democrats would vote to desk Greene’s movement, which might successfully kill it. Not as a result of they suppose Johnson is nice—as a reminder, he’s antiabortion, anti-gay-marriage, and in favor of overturning the 2020 election—however as a result of they need Congress to have the ability to function. (And perhaps additionally as a result of they’re sick of Greene’s shit.) Representative Becca Balint advised Axios Wednesday that Johnson’s “positions and actions on LGBTQ rights and reproductive rights are abhorrent,” however added, “My constituents and I want a functioning Congress. I will vote to end the chaos and to strip MTG of her power and influence.” Referring to the probabilities of Greene’s efforts being profitable, a senior House Democrat advised the outlet: “She is about to realize her inevitable irrelevance.”

Greene has claimed her try and boot Johnson is, partially, about defending Donald Trump, saying the House chief made a grave error when he funded the Justice Department as a result of mentioned DOJ, in line with Greene, needs to imprison Trump “for life.” Yet Trump has endorsed Johnson publicly. Johnson’s different sins, in line with the Georgia congresswoman, had been reauthorizing a authorities surveillance invoice, and sending $61 billion to Ukraine.

While Greene’s try and dump Johnson at present seems futile, and the work of an attention-seeking chaos machine, as my colleague Eric Lutz identified final month, Matt Gaetz’s try final 12 months besides McCarthy appeared equally fated at first—till it was profitable. “Matt Gaetz’s pursuit to oust Kevin McCarthy began as grandstanding too,” Lutz wrote. “It ended with McCarthy losing his gavel and giving up his seat.”

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