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The judge in the case against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an effort to keep her off the ballot in the 2922 midterm election, was brought to laughter and a facepalm by the representative.
It happened during her testimony on Friday during a hearing that was absolutely bonkers.
At one point during the proceedings, the attorney battling to keep her off the ballot showed a scene from the movie “Independence Day” and compared it with a speech the representative gave.
“That phrase, ‘We aren’t the people that are going to go quietly into the night,’ is not something that you came up with on your own […] that’s something you borrowed from a movie script,” prosecutor Andrew Celli said. “You borrowed it from the movie Independence Day.”
They are literally quoting Independence Day to MTG at this point
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The representative said that she did not recall getting inspiration from the movie and acknowledged that other people said it before the actor in the movie and others are likely to give the same line, which was “The Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday but as the day when the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night.”
“I don’t view courtrooms and politics as Hollywood like you do,” the representative said. “That’s not the first person I’m sure that said that and won’t be the last. I don’t recall getting any inspiration from this Hollywood movie like you’re suggesting.”
But what brought the judge to apparent laughter was when the prosecutor chided the representative for invoking 1776, the year of the founding of the United States.
“And you know that the term 1776 is actually a terms that’s sometimes used in politics today,” the prosecutor said, arguing that it was “also a term that was used in political discourse today.”
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed our state seal here in Georgia, I know you’re not from Georgia, but as you can see we enjoy our history and we’re proud of our freedoms. 1776 is on our state seal,” she said as the judge facepalmed.
“I have used it as a term, but I do not use it as a term of violence as you’re trying to push,” she said.
When the petitioner tries to get MTG to say that her use of "1776" was a call for violence, she points out that 1776 is on the Georgia state seal:
"I don't know if you've noticed our state seal here in Georgia, but as you can see we enjoy our history and are proud of our freedom pic.twitter.com/fYDW6q7Iig
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 22, 2022
It was last week when an Obama-appointed federal judge has allowed a liberal lawsuit aimed at disqualifying Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for re-election over her role at the U.S. Capitol last January.
“The challenge to Greene’s candidacy was mounted by a group of five voters from her congressional district who argued she is ineligible to run for federal office under a provision of the 14th Amendment that was ratified after the Civil War and meant to keep former Confederate officers and officials from holding public office again,” CBS News reported.
“In a challenge filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in late March, the voters argued Greene voluntarily aided and engaged in the January 6 insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power, thereby disqualifying her from serving as a member of Congress under the constitutional provision,” the report continued.
“Greene asked a federal court in Atlanta to intervene in the effort from the group of voters, seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. But Judge Amy Totenberg of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia rebuffed Greene’s request, finding she failed to establish a strong likelihood of success on the legal merits of the case,” the report added.
“This case involves a whirlpool of colliding constitutional interests of public import,” Totenberg wrote in her 73-page decision.
“The novelty of the factual and historical posture of this case — especially when assessed in the context of a preliminary injunction motion reviewed on a fast track — has made resolution of the complex legal issues at stake here particularly demanding,” the judge added.
James Bopp Jr., Greene’s attorney, has dismissed the lawsuit against his client as “50 pages of newspaper articles, hearsay, and political hyperbole.”
Bopp also warned during the court hearing last week that a ruling against Green could eventually lead to challenges against Donald Trump’s fitness for office.
Greene spoke out against the lawsuit earlier this month.
“This is the same evil playbook the dishonest Communist Democrats use against President Trump and his family. Now they are using it on me, because they know I’m effective and will not bow to the DC machine,” Greene said.
“As I’ve said many times before, I’m vehemently opposed to all forms of political violence,” she said. “I’ve never encouraged political violence and never will.”