Boebert and Greene’s Path from Friends to Frenemies – In politics, friends and allies can quickly become rivals and even enemies. Such is the case for Conservative Republican Congresswomen and noted Trumpers Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
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Both have a penchant for bomb-throwing and stoking drama, but now Greene is accusing Boebert of creating “drama” in another negative development between the two. The latest verbal daggers are cropping up because Greene supports the Speaker of the House Bid for Kevin McCarthy and Boebert is against McCarthy at all costs.
A Conservative Chooses CNN for Airing a Grievance?
CNN recently interviewed Marjorie Taylor Greene about the difficulties and divisions House Republicans are displaying in nearly a dozen failed votes for McCarthy to take the speaker’s gavel. It is first ironic that Greene would agree to an interview with CNN, since most Conservatives view the cable network with hatred at most and suspicion at least.
Look Out Boebert, Here Comes a Green Attack
Greene was quick to land jabs at Boebert in the minute-and-a-half soundbite. Greene said Boebert was not displaying leadership and that the Colorado lawmaker is demanding so much from Kevin McCarthy but demands little from other speaker candidates. Greene implied in the interview that she sees Boebert as an obstructionist.
What Happened to This Dynamic Duo?
This is interesting that Greene is calling out Boebert by name since they had such a close political partnership before the McCarthy imbroglio. They were seen as politically tied at the hip due to mutual support for former President Donald Trump and antipathy for current President Joe Biden.
They both heckled Biden during the State of the Union in 2022 and demanded that he “build the wall.” The pair stood up and chanted passionately in the middle of the speech which drew derision from Democrats for interrupting the president.
Boebert split from Greene during a December interview with Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA when asked about Kevin McCarthy, “You know, I’ve been aligned with Marjorie and accused of believing a lot of the things that she believes in. I don’t believe in this, just like I don’t believe in Russian space lasers — Jewish space lasers and all of this.” Boebert was referring to the time that Greene discussed wildfires being sparked by lasers.
Aren’t They Both a Little Childish?
Greene was quick to respond on Twitter that Boebert barely won re-election and that the McCarthy supporter was acting childish. Greene also implied that it was hypocritical for Boebert to lash out since the Georgian claimed she has given money to Boebert’s campaign fund along with Trump and McCarthy making donations to it.
Support for the Speaker Rift
Both are members of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus but the McCarthy speakership bid has splintered the two.
Greene thinks that McCarthy is better than a moderate candidate, while Boebert believes that McCarthy is not conservative enough. Boebert has also noticed that McCarthy has likely promised Greene would get committee assignments under his speakership.
The pair does not fear taking political risks or calling attention to themselves.
Greene is embarking on the more traditional path – backing the front runner, biding her time, showing that she can be loyal, and attempting to legislate in a more conventional manner.
Boebert is not affected at all by winning a close race for re-election that forced a recount. She is throwing a wrench into the works gleefully against McCarthy. Should the California Republican finally win the speakership, Boebert would be on McCarthy’s list of villains in the new Congress and Greene would rejoice in the revenge against Boebert.
This feud will continue to be entertaining, especially for Democrats who despise them both.
Author Expertise and Experience: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.