Marjorie Taylor Greene Expelled from House Freedom Caucus
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, has been voted out of the hardline House Freedom Caucus group after a clash with a fellow lawmaker, according to a caucus member. The decision to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from the roughly three-dozen-strong hardline group comes after a heated confrontation with Representative Lauren Boebert on the House of Representatives floor. Boebert had proposed a vote to impeach Democratic President Joe Biden, which sparked the clash.
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Republican Representative Andy Harris revealed that a vote was taken to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Freedom Caucus due to her actions. He added that Greene’s support for House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy may have also played a role in her ouster from the group. While Harris did not disclose how he voted, he stated that the decision to remove the Georgia congresswoman, who is serving her second two-year term, was “an appropriate action.”
In response to her expulsion, Greene issued a statement to the media emphasizing her commitment to serving her constituents in Northwest Georgia above any Washington-based group. She further stated that the Republican Party has a limited timeframe to demonstrate its strength and unity in anticipation of President Trump’s presumed victory in the 2024 White House race.
The House Freedom Caucus, founded in 2015, declined to comment on membership or internal proceedings, according to a spokesperson. Harris, when asked about the incident between Greene and Boebert, expressed his disapproval of Greene’s derogatory remarks towards a fellow member, especially a female colleague. He described her comments as inappropriate and stated that they likely played a significant role in her removal from the caucus.
Politico raised the question of whether Greene’s departure from the group on the debt limit bill or her support for McCarthy were also factors contributing to her expulsion. Harris responded that he believed those factors had relevance in the decision-making process.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy faced a rebellion from hardline Republicans who accused him of breaking an agreement that led to his election as leader of the Republican-controlled chamber. They alleged that McCarthy’s compromise on debt ceiling legislation with President Biden disregarded their input and failed to deliver promised spending cuts.
Throughout her brief political career, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been a controversial figure. In 2021, when Democrats held the majority in the House, she was stripped of her committee assignments due to inflammatory remarks, including support for violence against political opponents. Greene later issued an apology for her comments.