Both controversial Republican Congresswomen have introduced long-shot efforts to impeach President Biden. Now, they’re fighting about it.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) may have entered the House of Representatives together after the 2020 race, and are connected both for their similar styles, and because they were the first two people elected to Congress who were associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory.
But for much of the past year, it has appeared that Greene and Boebert have fallen out with one another. There were reports in January of a “bathroom fight” between the two, who have since been on opposite sides of many fights within the Republican caucus. Greene has mostly sided with Speaker Kevin McCarthy, both in his election to become the speaker and after he reached a debt ceiling deal with President Biden, while Boebert was part of the “never Kevin” caucus and opposed the debt deal.
The two are in agreement that President Biden should be impeached, but it appears the exact method of such impeachment is the source of their latest disagreement, which reportedly degenerated into name-calling.
According to The Daily Beast, Greene referred to Boebert as a “little bitch” during the argument on the House floor Wednesday. There is a video of the confrontation, although not audio. But multiple witnesses told the Beast what they heard during the argument.
At issue, per the Beast? Both Greene and Boebert have in recent weeks introduced resolutions to impeach President Biden, with Boebert this week going so far as to introduce a “privileged” resolution, which would force the entire House to vote on the possible impeachment. Greene has introduced several impeachment resolutions over the last two years, including on President Biden’s second day in office.
Both impeachment resolutions are unlikely to go anywhere, because House Republicans probably lack the votes to impeach the president, while the House Republican leadership has not made the decision to pursue impeachment. Indeed, Speaker McCarthy told his caucus this week to oppose Boebert’s resolution, per CNN. The speaker plans to refer the Boebert resolution to committee, rather than allow the full House vote.
“What majority do we want to be,” McCarthy reportedly told his caucus in the meeting, while asking for existing investigations to play out, CNN said. “Give it right back in two years or hold it for a decade and make real change?”
Nevertheless, Greene, it appears, believes that her own impeachment efforts have been “undercut” by Boebert’s resolution.
Per the Beast, the confrontation began when Boebert approached Greene on the House floor about “statements you made about me publicly,” while Greene used the slur, and also alleged that Boebert “copied my articles of impeachment.”
“I’ve donated to you, I’ve defended you. But you’ve been nothing but a little ***** to me,” the full quote said, per the Beast. “And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them.”
Both Congresswomen commented to the media after the fight.
“Marjorie is not my enemy. I came here to protect our children and their posterity. Joe Biden and the Democrats are destroying our country,” Boebert told The Daily Beast. “My priorities are to correct their bad policies and save America.”
Greene, presumably referring to the impeachment resolutions, stated that “imitation is the greatest form of flattery.”
In a subsequent interview with Semafor, Greene confirmed the Beast’s reporting.
“She has genuinely been a nasty little bitch to me,” Greene said of Boebert, adding that she would “absolutely not” reconcile with her former friend. She also stated what she thinks Boebert is up to.
“It’s purely for fundraising,” Greene told Semafor, implying that her own antics are done for more altruistic reasons. “It’s throwing out red meat so that people will donate to her campaign because she’s coming up on the end of the month, and she’s trying to produce good fundraising numbers.”
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