- Marjorie Taylor Greene said Kevin McCarthy does not have the full support of the House GOP to run as a speaker.
- She also called McCarthy out to let her and the rep. Paul Gosar take “abuse”.
- Greene made the comments during a performance at Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘podcas, “Firebrand.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and said he does not have the full support of the House Republicans to become a speaker even though the GOP takes a congressional majority in 2022.
“We know Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He does not have the full support of being a speaker,” Greene said during an episode of the Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s “Firebrand” podcast aired Thursday.
“He does not have the votes that are there, because there are many of us who are very unhappy that Republicans can not be held accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar and many others just constantly take the abuse of Democrats.” said Greene.
Gaetz then asked Greene if she respected the current Republican leadership.
“I can not respect management that does not hold people accountable, yet still allow people like me, Paul Gosar, to be constantly trampled on and abused, and then will throw us under the bus at the first given opportunity. I’m really tired of it, said Greene.
In a statement to Newsweek, Greene spokesman Nick Dyer said Greene, among other things, by “abuse” specifically referred to when members of Congress in February voted to deprive her of her committee duties. Greene lost her posts on the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee after 11 Republicans in the House of Representatives crossed party lines to vote to deprive her of seats, accusing her of promoting conspiracy theories and supporting political violence.
Recently, Arizona Representative Gosar also lost his seat on both the House Oversight and Natural Resources Committee after he was censored for tweeting a violent anime video depicting him killing the Democratic rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez on 7 November.
McCarthy has also been constantly criticized for his leadership by former President Donald Trump. Trump claimed this month that Republicans could have stayed in power if McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had “fought harder.”
Last week, McCarthy struck a more conciliatory tone with Greene and Gosar, promising to put them both back in committee if the GOP wins Parliament in 2022.