Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican from Georgia) on Monday supported Kevin McCarthy (Republican) in his bid to become speaker if Republicans gain control of the House.
Greene condemned attempts by her far-right coworkers to back McCarthy in an internal party election this week.
“That’s a bad strategy when we’re looking at having a very razor-thin majority,” Greene said on former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast.
After Republicans underperformed in last week’s midterm elections, several members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have criticized McCarthy’s leadership and suggested they might oppose his speaker bid.
Greene stated that McCarthy has the support of most members of the Republican conference and that any attempt to undermine him would give Democrats an opportunity to work with moderate Republicans to install Rep. Liz Cheney (R.Wyo.). as speaker ― an idea suggested by random commenters on Twitter.
“There’s no way in hell that I’m gonna vote to hand that gavel to Liz Cheney,” Greene stated. (Cheney lost the primary and won’t be in the new Congress. But the Constitution does not require that the speaker must be a sitting Member.
The House will elect its speaker by a majority vote in January, and if Republicans hold a slim majority, just a small number of dissenters could block McCarthy’s path. Many House races are still undetermined, but Republicans will likely control the chamber after all votes have been counted.
House Freedom Caucus would like to amend House rules to make speaker less powerful. This includes empowering any House member with the ability to file a motion for the speaker’s removal. Freedom Caucus member told Politico The group could vote in this week’s internal election for Rep. Andy Biggs, a former chair. This was to show McCarthy they are serious.
Biggs refused to confirm whether he would run but said Monday that he was open to running. “nobody has 218,” This is the required number of votes to make the House majority.
Greene is not the only one who fears that Democrats will take over the speakership.
“There’s a significant danger that the Democrats could have sway,” Freedom Caucus member Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) The Sunday Review reported that Clay Higgins (R-La.) was a Freedom Caucus member.
In 2021, the House voted to ban Greene from any committees due to her statements about conspiracy theories regarding mass shootings and Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Since then, Greene has been one of the most prominent and influential members of the GOP conference. McCarthy said that Greene would receive committee seats if Republicans won the House.
Speaking on Bannon’s podcast Monday, Greene said that the 2020 presidential election and last week’s midterm elections were both tainted by fraud. She also said that Democrats were enemies of the state.
“We have to do everything we can to stop our enemy, and the enemy is the Democrat Party,” Greene said. “That’s the enemy of America because they are destroying our country and selling us out.”