On 9/11 anniversary, Marjorie Taylor Greene hints at secession: The Georgia Congresswoman, in criticizing the Biden Administration’s border politics, suggested that states should secede from the union.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Won’t Stop Talking About One Specific Idea
The anniversary of the September 11 attacks used to be known as something of a time of unity. But Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took another tack on Monday.
On X (the platform formerly known as Twitter), Greene on Tuesday called for states, over the Biden Administration’s border policies, to consider seceding from the union.
“If the Biden admin refuses to stop the invasion of cartel-led human and drug trafficking into our country, states should consider seceding from the union,” Greene said on the social network. “From Texas to New York City to every town in America, we are drowning from Biden’s traitorous America last border policies.”
There was quite a bit of fast backlash to Greene’s post.
Some Say That’s ‘Insane’
“There’s nothing like this insane and treasonous member of Congress advocating for states to secede from the union on 9/11. She should be stripped of all her committees and resign immediately,” Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) posted in response.
“If this lady was in Congress when September 11 happened she would have asked for a moment of silence for the hijackers. Unreal to tweet this on such a solemn day,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), another sitting member of Congress, said on X.
Back in February, Greene had called for a “national divorce,” in which liberals and conservatives would split into separate countries, although it’s not clear how that would work practically. Or, for that matter, which part of the new country her home state of Georgia would align with since the state went for President Biden in the 2020 election?
Spencer Cox, the Republican governor of Utah, had denounced the “national divorce” proposal as “evil,” per Fox News.
“This rhetoric is destructive and wrong and—honestly—evil. We don’t need a divorce, we need marriage counseling,” Cox said back in February. “And we need elected leaders that don’t profit by tearing us apart. We can disagree without hate. Healthy conflict was critical to our nation’s founding and survival.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, who during her first term in Congress was barred from serving on committees, has formed an alliance with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), backing his speakership at a time when many on the right flank of Congress were opposed to it. And after a long period in which Greene has repeatedly called for President Biden to be impeached, McCarthy has now officially backed an impeachment inquiry.
However, one conservative Republican member of Congress has been critical of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s impeachment quest.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) was asked about the possibility of impeachment over the weekend and expressed skepticism about Greene’s approach.
“Well, Marjorie filed articles of impeachment on President Biden before he was sworn into office … so the idea that she is now the expert on impeachment or that she is someone who should set the timing on impeachment is absurd,” Buck said, per The New Republic. As the first of Greene’s many impeachment resolutions were filed on Biden’s first full day in office, that is not strictly true.
“The time for impeachment is the time when there’s evidence linking President Biden—if there’s evidence—linking President Biden to a high crime or misdemeanor,” Buck added. “That doesn’t exist right now.”
This isn’t the first time a fellow conservative Republican has expressed resistance against Greene’s impeachment efforts. This summer, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) introduced an impeachment resolution of her own, leading to a confrontation on the floor of the House with her friend-turned-foe, Rep. Greene.
“I’ve donated to you, I’ve defended you. But you’ve been nothing but a little ***** to me,” Greene said to Boebert during the confrontation, per reporting by the Daily Beast back in July. “And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them.”
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