Greene: McCarthy ‘doesn’t have the full support to be Speaker’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Thursday told her colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) during a podcast discussion that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “doesn’t have the full support to be Speaker.”
“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be Speaker,” Greene said in an episode of the “Firebrand with Matt Gaetz” podcast.
“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. The American people aren’t going to have it,” she continued.
Greene also took aim at McCarthy over the fact that she was stripped of her committee assignments earlier this year.
In February, her two committee assignments were stripped by House Democrats and close to a dozen Republicans for seemingly endorsing violence against Democratic lawmakers in addition to her previous acceptance of QAnon and other conspiracy theories.
“Number one, everyone saw me get stripped of committees as a brand new member of Congress, robbing my district of the ability to have representation working on committees. There was no action taken,” Green said. “As a matter of fact, our leader did nothing to defend me, did nothing to stop it. Then we saw today Paul Gosar censured and then we saw him lose a committee, and this is another failure.”
Gosar, who shared a photoshopped anime video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), also lost his committee assignments following the video.
McCarthy pledged that both members would have committee assignments restored if Republicans achieved a majority again in the House in 2022.
“They’ll have committees,” McCarthy said earlier this month. “They may have other committee assignments. They may have better committee assignments.”
The Hill has reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.
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