The leader of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Monday that “crazy lies” and conspiracies spread by some of the conservative congressmen are a “cancer” for the party. Although he did not quote her directly, U.S. media indicated that McConnell was alluding with these words to the controversial congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory, spread on social networks, and whose political future is now under scrutiny.
“Someone who suggests that maybe no plane hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11, that the horrific school shootings were staged and that the Clintons crashed John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane is not living in reality,” he said.
Greene was first elected in last November’s election and is the highest-profile Republican booster of conspiracy theories that gained prominence in the United States during Donald Trump’s presidency (2017-2021). Although many of Greene’s positions were known before the elections, in recent days videos and comments have come to light that have caused Democrats to seek to suppress her or even expel her from Congress.
Among others, Greene gave “likes” to a message on networks that suggested executing Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and harassed survivors of the Parkland (Florida) high school shooting. She has also been one of the strongest advocates that the Democrats perpetrated a massive fraud in the presidential election against Trump, with whom she has recently been in contact and with whom she will meet soon at Mar-a-Lago, as she has commented.
As a result, Democrats on Monday issued an ultimatum to House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to remove Greene from the committees to which she has been assigned, one of the harshest punishments for a congressman. But McCarthy has merely said he will hold a conversation with Greene later this week. Some Democrats have also introduced a proposal to expel Greene from Congress, which would require the unlikely, for now, support of two-thirds of the lower house.
Greene’s, is one of the battles in the war being waged in the Republican Party between conspiracists and Trump allies on the one hand, and that of members more attached to the party’s tradition on the other. Another fight is being waged by the congressmen closest to Trump to expel from the party leadership the current number 3 in the Lower House, Liz Cheney, who supported the “impeachment” against the former president for the assault on the Capitol. Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney (2001-2009), also received the support of McConnell, who said the congresswoman “is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act accordingly.”