Her out of control behavior has been normalized by party leadership
by Caren White
Everybody’s favorite Bad Girl, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has managed to get herself into hot water both in Washington and back home in Georgia.
Greene, you might remember, came to Washington spouting QAnon conspiracy theories. She claimed that 9/11 was a hoax because there are no photos of a plane hitting the Pentagon. I guess she never saw the video of the plane hitting the Pentagon.
She also believed that the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings were staged. Perhaps no one has told her that there is a video of her harassing David Hogg, a Parkland shooting survivor, on his stance on gun rights.
And then there is her off-the-wall claim that wildfires in California were caused by space lasers controlled by Jews.
Her social media posts advocating the execution of Nancy Pelosi were enough to get her stripped of her committee assignments. By Democrats. The Republicans refused to discipline her.
That had the unfortunate effect of allowing her more time to run amok in the halls of Congress, setting off metal detectors, demanding AOC debate her on green energy, putting up an anti-trans sign on a wall across from the office of a representative whose child is trans and screaming at AOC through a mail slot:
“I am an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes that you collect from me through the IRS. I am a woman. I am a female business owner and I’m proud to be an American woman. And I do not support your socialist policies. If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.”
[NOTE: SERIOUSLY? Who’s on their knees peeking and screaming and harassing a member of Congress through a mail slot to have an ADULT conversation?]
Nancy Pelosi suggested that an Ethics Committee open an investigation into Rep. Greene’s behavior after she confronted AOC on May 14 after a vote demanding to know why she (AOC) supported Black Lives Matter and Antifa terrorists
Notice that once more it is the Democratic Party disciplining a Republican member because her own party refuses to do anything to moderate her behavior.
Meanwhile, Greene has teamed up with everyone’s favorite pedophile, Matt Gaetz, to form a joint fundraising committee and launch what they are calling an “America First” tour around the country.
Back home in Georgia, it has come to light that Greene and her husband are double dipping in a little income tax scam. They have claimed two Homestead exemptions on two separate residences.
The problem is that Georgia only allows one Homestead exemption per couple no matter how many homes the couple owns. The penalty for violating this statute is a fine that is equal to twice the couple’s tax bill which in Rep. Greene’s case works out to $12,000.
Not earthshattering but definitely annoying.
When asked by a reporter about this, Rep. Greene told the reporter to “mind his own business.” She also put out a statement calling the report about her little tax dodge a “pathetic smear.”
Since the Republicans find nothing wrong with her egregious behavior, it’s safe to assume that they are okay with her breaking laws and terrorizing her fellow legislators.
So let’s imagine how the Republicans would react if it were a Democrat filing false income taxes, threatening fellow legislators, screaming through mail slots and putting up offensive signs.
They would be all over them like a pack of rabid dogs.
This is exactly what’s wrong with the Republican Party.
They are willing to tolerate behavior in their members that is so far outside of the norms of our society that it is illegal.
Tolerate? Encourage would probably be a better description.
Violence and the threat of violence has become the standard. Anyone who doesn’t agree with them is automatically declared an enemy.
Not a fellow citizen who holds different views.
Even the party’s former chairman, Michael Steele, says that the “the GOP has morphed into one of the largest anti-Democratic movements in the world.”
The math is truly frightening. Republicans, aka the largest antidemocratic movement in the world, control 30 state legislatures, 27 governorships, 212 (out of 435) seats in the House of Representatives and 50 seats in the Senate.
The largest antidemocratic movement in the world controls more than half of our states and close to half of our federal government.
The midterms will be here soon. Elections that traditionally favor the party out of power. We are looking at the very real possibility of Republicans gaining control of both the House and the Senate in 2022.
Even scarier than that, thanks to the census and a healthy dose of gerrymandering and voter suppression, Trump or a Trump wannabe could win the election in 2024 and become president.
AND THAT WOULD MEAN THE END OF OUR DEMOCRACY.