Greene Declares She Won’t Be Held Accountable If Jeffries Becomes Speaker

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( – On Tuesday, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) defended her actions regarding her recent motion to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), asserting that any potential elevation of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to the top House position would not be her responsibility. Greene’s motion has drawn criticism for potentially paving the way for a Democratic Speaker due to the slim Republican majority in the House.

Greene refuted claims that her actions would lead to a Democratic Speaker, instead pointing fingers at Republican colleagues who have resigned or are planning to leave office prematurely. She emphasized that such departures weaken the Republican majority in the House, increasing the risk of a Democratic takeover.

During her appearance on Real America’s Voice, a right-leaning media outlet, Greene highlighted the departures of figures like former Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), noting their impact on the Republican majority. She argued that the responsibility for any shift in the House’s balance of power lies with these departing members, not her actions.

Greene also touched on the numerical implications of these departures, with the Republican count dropping to 217 against the Democrats’ 213, leaving little room for legislative maneuvering without bipartisan support.

Asserting her stance, Greene stated she would not bear the blame for a potential Democratic majority or Jeffries becoming Speaker. She criticized the early departures of her Republican peers as a failure to uphold the party’s fight and leadership responsibilities.

Lastly, Greene clarified that her motion against Johnson was a cautionary action, likening it to issuing a “pink slip” to signal the need for new Republican leadership. While she defended her motion related to the recent $1.2 trillion government funding package, Greene did not specify when she might push for a formal vote on her motion.

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