Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., left, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., right, scream “Build the Wall” as President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP) Evelyn Hockstein/AP
‘Childishly threw me under the bus’: MTG and Boebert trade barbs over McCarthy
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When pressed about whether she would back McCarthy, Boebert demurred, indicating she was noncommittal. She then lampooned Greene, who is backing McCarthy, for believing in “Jewish space lasers” — triggering a rebuke from Greene.
“I’ve supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. President Trump has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. Kevin McCarthy has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. She just barely came through by 500 votes,” Greene tweeted. “She gladly takes our $$$ but when she’s been asked: Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite.”
I’ve supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. President Trump has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. Kevin McCarthy has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. She just barely came through by 500 votes.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) December 19, 2022
Before Greene’s political ascension, she shared a conspiracy theory post on social media that suggested a wildfire in California was triggered by space lasers from the Rothschild family. Greene has since renounced that belief, conceding she fell prey to misinformation on the internet.
“I’ve been aligned with Marjorie and accused of believing a lot of the things that she believes in. I don’t believe in this just like I don’t believe in … Jewish space lasers,” Boebert told Real America’s Voice at a Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix.
Unlike Greene, who has committed to backing McCarthy and who has publicly warned that GOP defectors are playing with fire by torpedoing his bid, Boebert has been noncommittal on McCarthy. She is demanding a mechanism to remove McCarthy easily down the line as a predication for possibly supporting him.
Boebert’s remarks came while standing next to fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who has crusaded against McCarthy for the speakership. Last month, Gaetz responded to Greene’s divergence from him by quipping that McCarthy “will zap her faster than you can say Jewish space laser.”
Boebert barely managed to squeeze out an election victory against Democrat Adam Frisch, later arguing that she has grown and is now “ready to lead with strength and grace.”
Both Boebert and Greene have feuded in the past. At one point, they reportedly nearly came to blows during a heated exchange over Greene attending an event hosted by far-right Nicholas Fuentes.
McCarthy nabbed the House GOP votes for the nod to be speaker, but he must win a majority in a full floor vote in January in order to win the gavel. He appears to be staring down nearly half a dozen possible defections already. Republicans will have 222 seats in the new Congress, and typically, 218 votes are needed to become speaker, though that threshold can shrink if some members vote present.
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