Marjorie Taylor-Greene: Kevin McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker'

The outspoken Georgia Republican said the House minority leader has not adequately protected members of his own caucus.

Updated: November 26, 2021 - 11:50am

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) "doesn't have the full support to be Speaker," freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on an episode of the "Firebrand with Matt Gaetz" podcast that aired Thursday.

"We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference," Greene told Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a close ally.

"He doesn't have the votes that are there, because there's many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats," said Greene. "The American people aren't going to have it."

Just weeks after being sworn in to her freshman term, Greene was stripped by the Democrat-led chamber of her two committee assignments for comments she made online prior to her election that appeared to support violence against Democratic lawmakers and expressed curiosity about some Q-Anon theories. In recent weeks, Greene has taken aim at McCarthy for failing to protect her during the standoff.

"Number one, everyone saw me get stripped of committees as a brand new member of Congress, robbing my district of the ability to have representation working on committees," said Greene. "There was no action taken. As a matter of fact, our leader did nothing to defend me, did nothing to stop it. Then we saw today Paul Gosar censured, and then we saw him lose a committee, and this is another failure."

Gosar was stripped of his committee assignments and censured earlier this month after posting an anime-style video to his Twitter account that depicted violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). 

McCarthy has since said that both stripped members of his caucus would get committee assignments back should Republicans regain control of the House in 2022. "They may have other committee assignments," he said earlier this month. "They may have better committee assignments."

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