New reports have revealed that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene became the first person to be expelled from the House Freedom Caucus last June, following a spat with Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado over their competing resolutions to impeach President Joe Biden.
Confidential sources from the Republican faction verified this development, which proceeds directly as a result of animosity between the two congresswomen, which saw the conservative firebrands use undiplomatic language to refer to one another. Most notably, Greene described Boebert using a certain expletive which rhymes with “stitch,” appending the condescending adjective “little” to her withering insult.
“A vote was taken to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from the House Freedom Caucus for some of the things she’s done,” Maryland Rep. Andy Harris said in a statement to Politico, adding that it was “an appropriate action.”
“I think the way she referred to a fellow member was probably not the way we expect our members to refer to other fellow, especially female, members,” Harris continued.
The discord between Greene and Boebert apparently surfaced in mid-June when the latter introduced a resolution to impeach President Biden. Greene believed Boebert’s motion mirrored her own impeachment articles proposed in May, leading to an exchange of sharp words on C-SPAN. Greene protested, “I’ve donated to you, I’ve defended you. But you’ve been nothing but a little [expletive] to me. And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them.”
However, Boebert maintained a cool hand as she engaged with Greene, simply saying “OK, Marjorie, we’re through.”
Greene, in turn, retorted, “We were never together.” Subsequently, Boebert insisted on a House floor vote on her resolution, which ended up being redirected to House committees.
Greene defended her stance in a later discussion with Fox News, stating, “I’ve introduced articles of impeachment, and each time I do so, along with my other bills, I communicate with all of my Republican colleagues and ask for support by asking their co-sponsorship because I co-sponsor many other Republican bills. I had asked her to co-sponsor my articles of impeachment against Joe Biden on the border, and she never responded and apparently refused to do so.”
The confrontational Georgia congresswoman, who joined the Freedom Caucus following her election to Congress in 2020, had been at odds with the right wing of her party in recent months. Key issues included debt-ceiling negotiations and her support for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California as well as optical concerns over her endorsement of conspiracy theories, which some fellow Republicans consider implausible, stupid or far-fetched.
Boebert, in her dialogue with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, stated her intentions were not to engage in conflict but to be an effective legislator for the people of Colorado.
“Sean, I did not put my life on pause and leave my four boys and my now-grandson to come here and just get in spats with people,” Boebert said. “I came here to legislate and to be effective for Coloradans, Coloradans who are suffering from the Democrats’ policy. Marjorie is not my enemy. Joe Biden’s policy, the Democrats, that is my enemy that I am combating right now.”
The caucus, consisting of roughly 35 members, is currently chaired by Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas serves as policy chair, with Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio acting as the HFC whip and Boebert being fourth in line as communications chair.
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