Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene announced her demands for her vote for the next GOP leader to earn the House Speaker position, so long as Republicans reclaim the majority following the upcoming 2022 elections.
Among Greene’s demands are kicking out fellow GOP members for participating in the January 6 committee and the removal of political foe NY Rep. John Katko from his position on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Greene, who was one of former President Donald Trump‘s reliable allies in Congress, laid out her terms on Thursday while calling into question House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s ability to be elected to the House Speaker position, according to CNN.
‘We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,’ Greene told Florida Representative Matt Gaetz‘s Firebrand podcast that aired Thursday morning.
‘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.’
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Greene, pictured, announced her demands for her vote for the next GOP leader to earn the House Speaker position if Republicans reclaim majority in 2022 elections
Greene called into question House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA), pictured, ability to be elected to the House Speaker position
Greene had previously mentioned she would have a list of stipulations for whoever is to earn her speaker vote, and raised several obstacles that McCarthy has in his pursuit for the House Speaker position.
The Republican told Gaetz that among those demands is having Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both fellow members of the GOP, kicked out of the House Republican Conference for participating in the January 6 committee, which was a proposed commission that would have investigated the 2021 United States Capitol attack.
McCarthy, who has thus far defied efforts towards said commission, added that she has no respect for the incumbent GOP leadership, CNN reported.
Greene’s demands in obstructing McCarthy’s quest for the speaker’s gavel comes amidst a larger sense of resentment from the Georgia Representative and a handful of other House Republicans against current GOP leadership.
Trump’s other congressional allies have similarly expressed doubt with McCarthy over the last several weeks, while beginning to exert their own influence in the upcoming House of Representatives elections, which is still over a year away.
Greene insisted McCarthy does not have the full support of House Republicans to become Speaker, as Republicans remain favored to take the congressional majority next year as polling and recent redistricting favor them taking the lead from Democrats.
Should these congressional Trump supporters remain united, McCarthy may indeed have issues in seeking the House Speaker role, according to CNN.
The roughly 40-member House Freedom Caucus has already rejected McCarthy’s quest for the speakership once before.
Greene’s demands included removing NY Republican Rep. John Katko, pictured, a moderate and McCarthy ally, from his spot as Ranking Member on House Homeland Security Committee
Meanwhile, Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as Gaetz have suggested that the former president himself pursue the position of House Speaker, in an effort to show McCarthy the strength of the MAGA influence on the Republican party in a speaker’s race.
Greene’s demands also included the removal of New York Republican Representative John Katko, a moderate and McCarthy ally, from his spot as Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Committee, while questioning his commitment to the GOP.
‘Katko’s not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,’ Greene said.
‘Our conference and the NRCC needs to stop playing this majority-maker game.’
Katko, who voted in impeach Trump, represents a crucial swing district and has defended the bipartisan infrastructure law and has supported efforts by Democrats to axe Greene from the committees she currently sits on.
Both Greene and Gosar, a far-right politician who has served as the US representative for Arizona’s 4th congressional district since 2013, have been stripped of their committee assignments for threatening Democrats.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during his Firebrand podcast, where Greene laid out her demands for her vote for next GOP leader to earn House Speaker position
Pictured: Paul Gosar, who served as US representative for Arizona’s 4th congressional district since 2013, has been stripped of his committee assignments for threatening Democrats
Greene introduced a bill on Wednesday that would award Kyle Rittenhouse, pictured, the congressional gold medal for ‘protecting the community of Kenosha’
Gosar was censured this month for posting a manipulated anime cartoon showing him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Greene was removed from her assignments after posting messages that included anti-Semitic and Islamophobic comments, as well as sharing QAnon conspiracy theories.
McCarthy has been under pressure to take action against members who have used violent rhetoric, amid a growing number of threats against lawmakers in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
But he shrugged off the matter, at a press conference, saying they could expect to get back their committee position if Republicans retake the House in the 2022 midterms.
Meanwhile, Greene introduced a bill on Wednesday that would award Kyle Rittenhouse the congressional gold medal for ‘protecting the community of Kenosha.’