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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Advances Plot To Bring Down Speaker Mike Johnson


When Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene initiated a motion to remove Speaker Mike Johnson from office 41 days ago, she likely anticipated strong support from her far-right colleagues. However, as of now, only two House GOP members have endorsed her motion.

As the week began, many congressional Republicans regarded Greene’s effort as an embarrassing failure, hoping it would fade away. Yet, NBC News reported otherwise:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said Wednesday she will force a vote next week to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson, daring Democrats and Johnson’s GOP allies to step in and save his job. Wearing a red “MAGA” hat, Greene accused Johnson, R-La., of betraying the GOP and going against conservative wishes on government funding bills, passing Ukraine aid and reauthorizing the foreign intelligence surveillance program without new warrant requirements, among other issues.

“So next week, I am going to be calling this motion to vacate,” the right-wing congresswoman said. “Absolutely calling it.”

On Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced her intention to force a vote next week to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson. Donning a red “MAGA” hat, Greene accused Johnson of betraying GOP principles on government funding, Ukraine aid, and surveillance programs.

If Greene proceeds with her plan, the outcome seems inevitable. If every House Democrat votes to remove the incumbent GOP speaker, as they did in October when Kevin McCarthy faced a similar challenge, Johnson’s position could be in jeopardy.

However, House Democrats have different intentions. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and his colleagues plan to shield Johnson from internal Republican discord and prevent chaos within the institution.

Some reports suggest Democrats aren’t the only ones advising Greene against her motion. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley and even Donald Trump have expressed concerns about the party’s prospects in an election-year battle.

Consequently, Greene faces a dilemma: retreat and appear weak or push forward, defy her party allies, and face an inevitable defeat, thereby weakening her position further.

This scenario underscores the consequence of impulsive actions without a clear exit strategy.

Remarkably, Democrats emerge as the primary beneficiaries of this internal strife. Greene alienates her allies, weakening her standing, while Johnson may survive the challenge but will likely be politically weakened. In the event Republicans retain their majority after the elections, Johnson’s position may be precarious in the next Congress.

Meanwhile, House Democrats position themselves as responsible leaders, reinforcing a dynamic where the GOP looks to them for governance, rather than radical members within their own party.

Despite Greene’s vocal criticism of the alliance between Johnson and Jeffries, her actions inadvertently bolster the House minority leader’s position.

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