Mitch McConnell has lashed out on the “loony lies and conspiracy theories” promoted by Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, an ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump, as a “most cancers” on the celebration.
The feedback from the highest Republican within the US Senate replicate the intensifying battle that has damaged out inside the party because it misplaced the White Home and each chambers of Congress, in addition to the fallout from the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.
Ms Greene, 46, is a first-term member of the US Home of Representatives and has grow to be a lightning rod for criticism due to her promotion of QAnon, a far-right extremist ideology primarily based on a sequence of false claims. She has additionally tried to overturn the outcomes of the November presidential election.
Ms Greene has additionally confronted a backlash for retweeting endorsements of political violence, together with the execution of Democratic lawmakers and FBI brokers, earlier than she ran for workplace.
“Anyone who’s prompt that maybe no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying college shootings have been pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr’s airplane is just not residing in actuality,” Mr McConnell stated in an announcement to The Hill newspaper.
“This has nothing to do with the challenges dealing with American households or the sturdy debates on substance that may strengthen our celebration.”
Mr McConnell’s feedback got here as Ms Greene was dealing with motion by Democrats who management the Home to strip her of her committee assignments in response to her views, with some feeling bodily threatened by the lawmaker’s presence and her supporters.
Cori Bush, a Democratic lawmaker from Missouri, stated she was compelled to maneuver her workplace away from Ms Greene’s after an altercation over mask-wearing with the congresswoman.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic lawmaker from New York, has additionally expressed concern over security in Congress following the January 6 assaults.
She provided a harrowing account of the Capitol assault on Instagram Dwell on Monday. “I hear these big violent bangs on my door after which each door going into my workplace,” she stated. “It felt like a zombie film.”
Mr McConnell’s forceful rebuttal of Ms Greene stands in distinction to the strategy taken by Kevin McCarthy, the highest Republican within the Home, who met Mr Trump final week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and is because of talk about the Congresswoman’s destiny together with her this week.
Ms Greene has remained defiant regardless of the mounting criticism. “The true most cancers for the Republican celebration is weak Republicans who solely know lose gracefully,” she stated on Twitter in response to Mr McConnell’s feedback. “This is the reason we’re dropping our nation.”
Mr McConnell additionally defended Liz Cheney, the member of the Home from Wyoming and third-ranking Republican within the chamber, who voted to impeach Mr Trump for inciting the assault on the Capitol. Ms Cheney has confronted calls to be faraway from celebration management for defying the previous president.
“Liz Cheney is a pacesetter with deep convictions and the braveness to behave on them. She is a crucial chief in our celebration and in our nation,” Mr McConnell stated.