Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were both elected to Congress in the 2020 cycle, and the two appeared to have much in common. They were the first two people elected to Congress who had signed on to the QAnon conspiracy theory, and both were on the right flank of the GOP caucus. They had similar styles and shared a propensity for stunts that drew lots of media attention. And as recently as the 2022 State of the Union address, the two were seen, side-by-side, jeering President Biden together.
At some point, though, the two conservative firebrands fell out.
In January, it was reported that the two had engaged in a “bathroom fight.” When Republicans took over Congress, Greene aligned herself with Kevin McCarthy, while Boebert was part of the “never Kevin” caucus that resisted him.
By June, Boebert and Greene had introduced rival resolutions to impeach President Biden. The two had a heated confrontation on the House floor over the matter, during which Greene called Boebert an expletive.
“I’ve donated to you, I’ve defended you. But you’ve been nothing but a little ***** to me,” Greene was heard stating during the June fight, the Daily Beast reported at the time. “And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them.”
Greene confirmed the story and repeated the slur in a subsequent interview with Semafor.
There has been little indication, in the months since, that the two have patched things up, and in fact, Greene was ejected this summer from the House Freedom Caucus, reportedly as a result of her fight with Boebert.
This week, Greene took a shot at her Colorado rival’s recent theater escapades, during a social media argument with another Republican lawmaker.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote on X, the former Twitter, about why he opposed Greene’s recent resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
While Roy called Tlaib’s recent conduct “unbecoming of a member of Congress and certainly worthy of condemnation,” he opposed the resolution because it was “deeply flawed and made legally and factually unverified claims, including the claim of leading an ‘insurrection’.”
In responding, Greene referenced Boebert.
“You voted to kick me out of the freedom caucus, but keep CNN wannabe Ken Buck and vaping groping Lauren Boebert and you voted with the Democrats to protect Terrorist Tlaib,” Greene said of Roy. “You hate Trump, certified Biden’s election, and could care less about J6 defendants being persecuted.”
The House, per the AP, “rejected” Greene’s resolution to formally rebuke Tlaib. An effort to move the resolution forward was “dismissed with broad bipartisan support as both parties raised concerns about violating First Amendment rights.”
In addition, Democrats called off an effort, in turn, to censure Greene for dozens of comments she has made in her time in public life. Rep. Becca Balint (D-VT) had introduced that resolution back in the summer, but brought it forward again once Greene attempted to censure Tlaib.
Another vote, to expel the much-indicted Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress, also failed.
“Tell her to go chase so-called Jewish space lasers if she wants to spend time on that sort of thing,” Roy said, per the Hill, in reference to Greene’s comments.
Greene years ago alleged that lasers operated by the Rothschild family — long a vector of antisemitic conspiracy theories, and not a family known to possess lasers — had been responsible for wildfires, although she hadn’t actually used the phrase “Jewish space lasers.” Greene did reference that last month, in approvingly sharing a story about an “experimental laser-beam defense” that Israel had once developed.
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