Ted Cruz Tears Into Marjorie Taylor Greene's Latest Power Play Against The Speaker

By Victor Smiroff | Sunday, 05 May 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent development, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has voiced his disapproval of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) campaign to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).

Greene, along with a faction of House Republicans, has been threatening to initiate a vote on a motion to vacate that she filed over a month ago.

Despite facing opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, Greene has indicated her intention to proceed with this action. Critics argue that this misguided endeavor is diverting attention from more pressing legislative matters.

During an interview on the RealClearPolitics radio show, Cruz weighed in on the ongoing dispute between Greene and Johnson. He dismissed Greene's attempt to unseat Johnson as "silly" and "counterproductive."

Cruz stated, "Look, I think it is silly. I think it is seriously counterproductive. I think Mike Johnson is a strong conservative who's been given an almost impossible task. He has a tiny majority in the House, just a two-vote majority. That means any three House members run off to the hills and the majority evaporates. And I think Marjorie Taylor-Greene, to try to topple the speaker increases the chances of chaos. It increases the chances of handing control to the Democrats. And there is zero chance a more conservative speaker will result. And so I think what she's doing is really unhelpful to the country.”

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At a press conference held on Wednesday with Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), Greene announced her plan to force the vote on the motion. She criticized the speaker over issues such as foreign aid to Ukraine and the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Echoing criticisms made by others, Greene took issue with Johnson's leadership, particularly his decision to work with Democrats to pass foreign aid legislation.

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Greene stated, “He passed three continuing resolutions, and then he finally passed a two-part omnibus that fully funded Joe Biden's agenda and the Democrat agenda, funded the Department of Justice that...wants to put President Trump in jail for the rest of his life, which is a death sentence. Mike Johnson fully funded the FBI, which raided Mar-a-Lago, and he gave them a brand new building as a gift. Pro-life Mike Johnson funded full-term abortion clinics, funded the trans agenda on children that 70 percent of Americans are completely against on both sides of the aisle and he fully funded Joe Biden's open border policies, the number one issue in America.”

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In response to Greene's accusations, Johnson defended his position during a media appearance, dismissing Greene as not being a “serious lawmaker.”

In an interview that aired on NewsNation’s “The Hill,” Johnson was asked whether he considers Greene a “serious lawmaker.”

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“I don’t think she's proving to be, no,” Johnson responded.

“I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about her,” he continued. "I got to do my job, and we do the right thing, and we let the chips fall where they may. And that's my philosophy, that's how we're governing."

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“We're going to keep the train on the tracks and show the American people not just what we're against, but what we're for. That there's a conservative agenda that is necessary to get the country back on the right track, and the way for us to do that is to keep and grow the House majority,” Johnson added.

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"Descending into chaos and closing the House down and vacating the chair again is exactly the opposite of what needs to happen," he said.

Despite Greene's determination, the likelihood of Johnson being removed as speaker is slim. Greene will face a significant challenge in garnering sufficient support from Republicans to approve such a move. Meanwhile, Democrats have indicated that they will continue to back Johnson, at least for the foreseeable future.

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