Mitch McDonnell came out swinging, in an uncharacteristically blunt statement in which he lambasted house members who believed and promoted conspiracy theories, referring to their beliefs as a cancer on the Republican party.
Although he didn’t technically state her name, it is undoubtedly the case that his main target was freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene who has been accused by many of promoting conspiracy theories of the kind McConnell mentioned in his statement.
As The Hill reports:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blasted Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s embrace of “loony lies and conspiracy theories” as a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“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,” McConnell said in a statement first shared with The Hill. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
McConnell didn’t mention Greene by name in his three-sentence statement, but his rare, scathing remarks about a freshman GOP lawmaker from the other chamber suggests he recognizes the potential damage her violent rhetoric and bizarre conspiracy theories could inflict on congressional Republicans as they try to take back both the House and Senate in next year’s midterms…
Democrats are threatening to force a floor vote this week to oust the controversial Georgia Republican from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) does not remove her first.
Taylor Greene fired back against McConnell’s statement on Twitter:
The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.
This is why we are losing our country.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 2, 2021
McConnell certainly has accomplished an incredible amount for Republicans over his long and storied career, but did he go to far in his attack on Greene and those like her in the party? Or is his statement completely necessary and needed to combat radical and unhinged beliefs of some republicans?
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