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Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Lebron James of the GOP?

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2022 Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2022 Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

Representative James Comer, the chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, has compared one of his underlings, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, to NBA legend Lebron James.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Like Who? 

“It’s hard for a coach to tell Lebron James what he’s doing wrong,” Comer said in reference to Greene.

What did Comer mean exactly?

I’m not one hundred percent positive – but what the statement suggests is the idea that Greene was either un-coachable, or was so established and respected that it dwarfed his own standing, or simply that she was the best to ever play the game.

Well, Greene is not so established and respected that it dwarfs Comer’s own standing – although, she does seem to speak for a vocal minority of conspiracy theorists and right-wing zealots.

Greene is clearly not the best to ever play the game. The most likely answer is that Comer meant to say that Greene was un-coachable, right? (Although James was regarded as a great student of the game and likely receptive to coaching inputs).

Here’s what looks like the answer:

“Comer admitted that he had little authority to rein in the influence she holds within the GOP caucus after a little more than two years in Congress,” Raw Story reported. So, that makes a little more sense. Comer is suggesting that he lacks the authority or standing to keep Greene in check. The Lebron comparison was a little confusing because Lebron is a respected legend of his craft and Greene is not a serious person.   

Comer, Greene, and House Oversight

GOP leadership has tasked Comer with investigating “wild claims about the president, his son Hunter Biden and other Democrats,” Raw Story reported.

“You know, the customer’s always right,” Comer said in reference to the conspiracy theories that right-wingers have grown so fond of. “I say, ‘Let me see it,’ because I want to see where the source is. They don’t know that it’s QAnon, but it’s QAnon stuff.”

Greene, of course, has a long history of supporting QAnon and slew of other bizarre conspiracy theories.

Here’s a quick rundown of wacky ideas Greene has promoted: Hillary Clinton has committed several murders; Hillary Clinton killed JFK, Jr; the Democrats operate a satanic child sex trafficking ring; the government conducted the 2017 Las Vegas shooting; the Stoneman Douglas shooting was a false flag operation; Sandy Hook was staged; the September 11th attacks were staged; the Rothschild family used space lasers to start the 2018 Camp Fire; Barack Obama is Muslim; Barack Obama secretly traveled to North Korea to sabotage nuclear diplomacy; the US government tis planning to force Americans into eating fake meat; and so on.

Clearly, Greene is off kilter. Yet, she has become a prominent member of the House and has even entered the conversation as a prospective Trump VP pick. Can you imagine? Greene in the White House, a heartbeat away from assuming the presidency? It’s a concerning thought that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

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Greene’s rise speaks to the susceptibility of the general public to conspiracy theories i.e., QAnon. A generation ago, a politician with a track record like Greene’s would have been automatically disqualified.

Whereas now, Greene is viable because she speaks for a sizeable enough portion of the population.

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 listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.