A follow-up to yesterday’s post about her extensive crankery before joining Congress, which she’s attempted to pawn off onto certain unnamed social-media managers who were supposedly in charge of her accounts at the time.
The easy out for the GOP to this point has been a tu quoque: Why should they trouble themselves to reprimand Marjorie Taylor Greene for her outlandish statements when Democrats have made no effort to do so with, say, Ilhan Omar? Yesterday’s news made that argument harder, though, because it had Greene seemingly endorsing violence against people who would eventually become her own colleagues in the House. Being a crank is one thing. Being a threat is something else.
McCarthy’s in a jam now, partly due to his own crackdown on Steve King last year for comments about white nationalism. He doesn’t want to antagonize Trump and MAGA by making an example of their new favorite congresswoman but he doesn’t want to look pathetic to the non-crank majority of his caucus by letting Greene slide completely, especially after he was appropriate tough on King. What’s a leader to do? According to Axios, the immediate plan is to evince concern and … give her a talking-to: