The rift that opened between Marjorie Taylor Greene and fellow Republican hardliners during the lengthy process of electing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker earlier this year has only deepened, with recent events exacerbating a growing mutual frustration.
On Tuesday, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan was censured by the House after Republican Rich McCormick of Georgia brought forward a new resolution against her over what he called her promotion of antisemitic rhetoric. The measure passed despite the fact a similar resolution to censure Tlaib, promoted by Greene, failed last week.
Tlaib—the only Palestinian American in Congress—has been under intense scrutiny since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7. The Michigan Democrat, a longtime critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, mourned the deaths on both Israeli and Palestinian sides but also condemned the Israeli strikes on Gaza, calling for a ceasefire to protect civilian lives.
Greene was the first Republican to call for punishment against Tlaib, saying last month that she would have introduced a resolution to censure her as soon as a new House Speaker was chosen. But once she was actually able to do so, her censure resolution failed, with 23 Republicans voting against it.
The rejection angered Greene, who on social media decried the “feckless” Republicans who didn’t support her measure. On Monday, Greene told reporters she was “sick and tired” of Republicans.
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