Freshman U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has earned widespread criticism in recent weeks for her previous statements on social media and elsewhere.
For his part, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it clear that he does not support her incendiary rhetoric and believes it will ultimately damage the party.
“Not living in reality”
According to the Daily Wire, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have been facing mounting pressure to condemn Greene after a series of questionable beliefs and positions have surfaced.
McConnell addressed the issue with a statement on Monday that, while not identifying Greene by name, left little doubt regarding his reference.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” he said.
The Kentucky Republican went on to specifically name some of the most bizarre theories linked to Greene, asserting: “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
The Daily Wire further clarified that Greene has been linked to fringe conspiracies on the far-right, particularly those disseminated through the QAnon movement.
“That’s very bad news”
In her own statement via a tweet, Greene appeared to issue a thinly veiled swipe at McConnell.
“The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” she wrote. “This is why we are losing our country.”
Of course, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also expressed condemnation of Greene’s prior remarks, pledging to have a conversation with her about the growing backlash.
In any case, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson believes he knows why the mainstream media is now focused on Greene.
“Donald Trump is gone,” he said. “That’s very bad news for the many people who made a living yelling at Donald Trump. And it’s especially dangerous for their political party, whose nonsensical coalition can only hang together by collectively throwing rocks at whomever happens to be at the center of the hate circle on a particular day.”