Apparently, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is on Donald Trump’s shortlist for 2024 running mates.
And she might even have bigger aspirations.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Has Big Plans
The rumor that MTG is a vice presidential hopeful tracks; she has recently initiated efforts to rebrand herself as some sort of bridge between the GOP mainstream and the right-wing zealots – an effort that MTG’s new and unforeseen alliance with Speaker Kevin McCarthy underscores.
The political maneuvering may suggest that MTG isn’t a complete idiot.
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon is not the most credible source, but he may be on to something with his MTG analysis; Bannon said MTG is “both strategic and disciplined – she made a power move, knowing it would run up hard against her most ardent crew. She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player.”
MTG’s decision to back McCarthy in his prolonged and GOP-fracturing bid for House speaker put MTG in opposition with the hardcore right-wingers of the Freedom Caucus.
But in angering Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, MTG curried favor with McCarthy, the now-Speaker of the House, and Trump, the former president. That’s a pretty good trade.
A former Marjorie Taylor Greene advisor said that MTG’s “whole vision is to be vice president,” but Bannon disagrees. “She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP,” Bannon said, but “when MTG looks in the mirror, she sees a potential president smiling back.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene for President?
What a horrifying thought. MTG for president. Or vice president.
She seems to have the ambition. She’s a hell of a fundraiser (she brought in about $12.5 million last midterm, placing her in the top 10 of all House candidates). Now she’s in cahoots with Trump and McCarthy.
Maybe MTG’s political ceiling is a bit higher than representing Georgia in the House.
Why She Can’t Sit in the Oval Office or be VP
But MTG is a full-blown conspiracy theorist.
For many, MTG personifies the alt-right movement – toxically angry, with valid concerns but with a response detached from reality.
MTG is the United States Congress’s closest equivalent to a crazy aunt, raving on Facebook about whatever has her miffed at that moment.
MTG has espoused Pizzagate and of course QAnon; MTG believes there are links between Hillary Clinton, pedophilia, and human sacrifice (there aren’t).
Marjorie Taylor Greene seems especially fixated on Clinton; MTG has also suggested that Clinton murdered JFK Jr. MTG also agreed (on Facebook) with the conspiracy theory Frazzledrip, which suggests that Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin once murdered a child in a satanic ritual and then killed a cop to cover up the sacrifice. Okay.
There are plenty of other, similarly outlandish conspiracy theories that MTG subscribes to. And it should go without saying, but MTG and her conspiracy theories are not exactly presidential material.
The short-term concept of MTG running with Trump in 2024 is horrifying because it sounds somewhat plausible. Trump could win the GOP primary; he could pick MTG as VP; he could beat Biden (or whoever) in the general election.
If all of those things happened, MTG would be the vice president of the United States. She’d be one overweight octogenarian’s myocardial infarction away from being president herself. And MTG is simply not fit to be president.
The conspiracy stuff is disqualifying. Either MTG believed full-heartedly in the conspiracy stuff – which would make her a certifiable idiot. Or she pretended to believe in the conspiracy stuff as a coldly craven political calculation.
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Either way, Marjorie Taylor Greene is bad news.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.
January 26, 2023 at 10:30 pm
Jesus Christ I hope not!!!!