Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has aligned herself with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and launched verbal bombs at fellow conservatives on the chamber floor, has reportedly been expelled from the House Freedom Caucus.
The Freedom Caucus is the most conservative bloc within the House Republican Conference.
The news came from a statement by Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) to reporters.
“I mean, the vote was taken to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Freedom Caucus for some of the things she’s done,” Harris said.
Axios points out that Greene did not receive “formal notification of her removal” but confirmed that a vote had been held prior to the July 4th break and would have required “a sizable number of her colleagues supporting her ouster.”
She becomes the first member of the Caucus in their history to be voted out.
A majority of the House Freedom Caucus voted to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), according to a fellow Republican congressman. CNN political director David Chalian explains how this puts House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in an awkward position. Watch: pic.twitter.com/jfIOeEiw5E
— CNN (@CNN) July 7, 2023
What Led to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Ouster From the House Freedom Caucus?
Congressman Harris noted possible contributing factors to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ouster from the House Freedom Caucus – including her unabashed support for McCarthy, the duo’s support for the debt limit deal, and an altercation with fellow member, Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
“I think all of that mattered,” he said.
Greene hitched her cart to McCarthy after the GOP regained control of the House in a manner that has seen the two team up to scold MAGA reps and celebrate a debt ceiling agreement benefitting President Biden.
BREAKING: The House Freedom Caucus has expelled Marjorie Taylor Greene after she allegedly called Lauren Boebert a “b*tch” on the House floor. Many cited her support of Speaker Kevin McCarthy and her vote on the debt ceiling as the final reasons, according to reports. pic.twitter.com/1nO83sjuXM
— DEL (@delinthecity_) July 6, 2023
The Boebert incident to which Harris alludes was reported by The Political Insider late last month.
Greene and Boebert got into a heated exchange on the House floor, with reports suggesting the Georgia Congresswoman called her colleague a “little bitch.”
The two appeared to be bickering over their dueling efforts to impeach President Biden.
“I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was publicly saying things about another member in terms that no one should,” Harris explained.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) allegedly called Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) a “little bitch” during a congressional catfight on the house floor today over competing articles of impeachment.
— AF Post (@AFpost) June 21, 2023
Greene Responds After Vote to Have Her Oustered
Marjorie Taylor Greene did not specifically address the vote to expel her from the House Freedom Caucus but did post to social media a video that appeared to mock the ongoing drama.
“Avoiding distractions is the key to staying focused,” she wrote.
The video showed her practicing on a putting green. No word on whether or not McCarthy was caddying for her.
Avoiding distractions is the key to staying focused. pic.twitter.com/aqPaCK5eCH
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) July 6, 2023
Greene also released a statement that seemed to strongly reference the vote to remove her without mentioning it directly.
“In Congress, I serve Northwest Georgia first, and serve no group in Washington,” she said, seemingly unaware that she has been doing McCarthy and the centrist GOP’s bidding since January.
“My America First credentials, guided by my Christian faith, are forged in steel, seared into my character, and will never change,” added Greene.
No doubt she has a strong MAGA resume and does find a way to infuriate the left. But teaming up with McCarthy is not ‘America First.’ It’s closer to Ukraine First or Biden First than anything else.
Greene insists her sole focus is on moving the country forward “when President Trump wins the White House in 2024.”
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