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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been pushing her Republican colleagues for the past two years to act on impeaching President Joe Biden and members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
In addition, she’s tried to gin up enough GOP support to expunge former President Donald Trump’s two impeachments because she feels that Democrats acted out of political animus, not because he had actually committed impeachable offenses.
But so far, she’s come up short, and in a new book — her first — set for release in the coming days, she explains why. In her autobiography, “MTG,” she wrote, “This is why the Republicans are struggling to get anything done — fear.”
A chapter titled “What is the GOP doing?” that was provided to the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” column says that Republicans are frightened that taking bold action that their voters want would cost them power and positions.
“Fear of consequences. Fear of reprisal. Fear of lost influence,” she writes. “It paralyzes everyone from Republican members of Congress to administrative officials to special office holders to attorney generals. These people are responsible for not doing the right thing, and their inaction costs us all.”
The Examiner noted further:
It is a harsh assessment of her colleagues but one she is uniquely qualified to make since she owes no one in the House GOP caucus for her position of influence and won reelection with 65.9% of the vote.
For her first two years in Washington, she didn’t even have a committee assignment, banned by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a partisan vote meant to condemn Greene’s past statements. But she wrote in the book published by Winning Team that the experience taught her to speak her mind and leave the consequences to voters.
“When I was kicked off my committees, the Democrat-controlled House was busy passing all of Joe Biden’s ruinous agenda without a hint of resistance,” she said. “Republicans weren’t getting anything done on committees anyway, and they didn’t care what we had to say. So, even though I was new to politics, I knew that being on a committee as a Republican didn’t matter. I viewed being kicked off my committees as a strange kind of gift — the gift of time.”
She would use that time to sit on the floor of the House and force roll-call votes which angered Democrats who were used to quick voice votes as well as Republicans who did not want to go on record as being centrist moderates.
In addition, she also faced the wrath of leftist voters who were used to getting their preferred legislation passed via a Democrat-controlled Congress.
“As a result of the stand I have taken, I am attacked everywhere I go with the exception of my home district or the red states of the country. Everywhere else, there’s always some random middle-aged, nasty, white woman who is brainwashed by the View and has nothing better to do than say horrible things to me from beneath the mask on her face. And then there are the miserable middle-aged white men, who must hate themselves because they’ve been trained to believe their white skin and male gender is ruining everything, who will walk by me calling me a ‘c***’ or ‘b****,” she wrote.
She added that conservative voters around the country are looking for stronger GOP candidates who will take the kind of bold actions she and a handful of others are pushing.
“The conservative base is ready; they see the problems and want change. Yet over and over, I and other conservatives fighting for an America-first, MAGA agenda must come home to our districts full of frustration and impotence because the rest of our party won’t get things done,” she wrote.
“Too many important policy decisions and the direction of our country are in the balance right now,” Greene added. “From taxes to defeating the trans agenda to holding Biden and his cronies accountable and reining in spending, we must put aside our differences and disappointments to get the right people in office — people who will vote for an America-first agenda, no matter the consequences. It’s time to demand more from the Republican Party because we are the ones who must put the power back in the hands of the American people.”