by Liza Carlisle, October 19, 2022
OPINION: This article contains commentary which may reflect the author’s opinion
Three weeks from Today, voters across the country will decide which party controls Congress for the latter half of Biden’s term.
Projections are still unclear about which way the Senate will lean, but Republicans are widely expected to take back the House of Representatives, though by a slim margin, and Kevin McCarthy, the current Republican leader in the House, currently faces no serious challengers for the Speakership.
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have prepared for a majority House with a flurry of letters and preservation notices throughout the Biden administration, indicating a wide range of intended investigations from the southwestern border to COVID-19.
The president’s son, Hunter Biden, is of particular interest to Republicans for his foreign business dealings and the unlawfulness of those dealings. GOP lawmakers have spent years looking into what, if any, role Biden himself played in them. The information on Hunter’s laptop is playing a part in that investigation, although all has not been revealed yet.
In an interview on Monday, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia issued a challenge to fellow Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy suggesting McCarthy needs to be ‘a lot more aggressive’ for a successful leadership run, and advised McCarthy to give her ‘a lot of power’
‘I think that to be the best speaker of the House and to please the base, he’s going to give me a lot of power and a lot of leeway,’ to please their base if the GOP wins the majority in the looming November midterm elections, she reportedly said.
‘And if he doesn’t, they’re going to be very unhappy about it. I think that’s the best way to read that.’
The congresswoman added, ‘And that’s not in any way a threat at all. I just think that’s reality.
Greene’s Monday interview suggests that her demand to impeach Biden over his son’s business practices – which are the subject of a federal tax probe – could gain steam in a new Republican-led House.
The outspoken Republican was inhibited in her quest for impeachment by being censured by the Democrat-majority House soon after joining it and stripped of her committee assignments over accusations of “divisive and violent rhetoric” she promoted on social media before being sworn in.
But that may change soon – McCarthy publicly vowed in March to restore Greene’s committee assignments if Republicans take back the House.
Greene is making her intentions clear, as her spokesman previously indicated to DailyMail.com that she intends to file for impeachment again in the new Congress.
In the profile of the conservative firebrand published by New York Times Magazine on Monday, Greene suggested McCarthy himself could entertain the idea of impeaching President Joe Biden – something she has pushed for publicly since the day after Biden was sworn in.
On McCarthy approaching a hypothetical impeachment, Greene compared him to herself, ‘My style would be a lot more aggressive, of course.’
‘For him, I think the evidence needs to be there,’ she explained. ‘But I think people underestimate him, in thinking he wouldn’t do it.’
While he hasn’t formally entered the race, former President Donald Trump has electrified his base with increasingly urgent suggestions that he could mount a third White House bid. Trump has massive support within the Republican Party, and polls show is fan base has the top numbers across the country. Trump and former Vice-President Mike Pence parted ways over Pence’s refusal to not certify the 2020 election when numbers were not adding up and Trump wanted to contest the results.
As it is clear that Pence would not be running alongside Trump again, speculation as to who Trump should choose as his running mate is keeping the media guessing. Names like former Secretary of State and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, former Hawaii House Rep. Tulsi Gabbord, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Senator Rick Scott, and others.
Greene, who is and has been among Trump’s most loyal supporters in Congress and still claims there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, mentioned in the interview that she has had discussions with the ex-president about being his next running mate.
Greene revealed that she’s talked to Donald Trump about potentially being his running mate if he ran again in 2024.
She said she would be ‘honored’ by the opportunity. Daily Mail noted.
However, she conceded: ‘I think the last person that the RNC or the national party wants is me as his running mate,’ and suggested that the Republican establishment thinks she is too divisive, as Greene thinks Trump may need to match himself with a more unifying figure. Greene apparently thinks her powerful conservative strengths will be more effective in Congress.
Greene has been staying active and in the front of the political scene leading up to the mid-term elections. She been making appearances alongside Trump at his rallies and playing a key role in the rollout of the House Republican’s “Commitment to America” agenda.
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