Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called out House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over his leadership in the House of Representatives, saying that he does not have the votes to become the House speaker in 2022.
According to Mediaite‘s coverage of an interview by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) with Greene on his podcast, Firebrand, the Georgia representative believes that there is a war growing in the Republican Party and that McCarthy isn’t on the winning side.
“Greene’s comments come on the heels of a recent report claiming that former President Donald Trump is keeping McCarthy on a short leash, leveraging his support for McCarthy’s speakership bid to keep him in line,” Meditate reported.
This was highlighted by CNN’s Melanie Zanona who wrote Wednesday that “if Trump were to publicly or even privately come out against McCarthy — or encourage someone else to challenge him — it would almost certainly create a math problem for McCarthy.”
Oddly, Greene seemed to agree with the CNN reporter, telling Gaetz that, “We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker. He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable.”
As to what Greene would need to support McCarthy, it appears that the known right-wing libertarian would need some demands met by the longtime Republican mainstay in order to put her political weight behind him.
Included in those demands would be Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), both of whom she has branded as “traitors” for their collusion with the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection, kicked out of the Republican Conference.
Gaetz agreed, at least in part, saying, “Cheney was essentially stripped of her membership in the Republican Party because Republicans in Wyoming are so offended she would even have the nerve to call herself a Republican.”