Two of Congress’ most controversial right-wing lawmakers – Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. – are sparring online over whether to support Kevin McCarthy in his bid for House speaker.
Asked by Charlie Kirk, founder of right-wing youth group Turning Point USA, about Greene’s support of McCarthy for speaker, Boebert distanced herself from the Georgia lawmaker, mentioning a conspiracy theory Greene posted online in 2018.
“I’ve been aligned with Marjorie and accused of believing a lot of the things that she believes in,” Boebert said. “I don’t believe in this, just like I don’t believe in Russian space lasers – Jewish space lasers – and all of this.”
Greene on Monday hit back in a tweet, accusing Boebert of engaging in “high school drama.”
“(Boebert) gladly takes our $$$ but when she’s been asked: Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite,” Greene wrote on Twitter.
Greene also pointed out the Colorado Republican’s narrow reelection in November, where by razor thin margins she prevailed against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch in an unexpectedly tight race.
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Both fast-rising MAGA congresswomen with a penchant for incendiary rhetoric, Greene and Boebert are frequently named together as right-wing instigators. The pair memorably heckled President Joe Biden together during his State of the Union address in March.
But reports and public comments by the Republican congresswomen indicate their relationship has fractured in the two years they’ve held office.
Politico reported in April that the duo got into a heated argument over Greene’s February appearance at an event organized by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. The argument became so heated that a House Freedom Caucus board member stepped in to de-escalate, according to Politico.
The tensions appear to have increased since Greene announced she would support House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid for speaker, breaking with several of her House Freedom Caucus colleagues.
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“It’s very, very risky right now to produce a leadership challenge, especially for speaker of the House,” Greene said on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.
Boebert and other right-wing lawmakers, like Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, have expressed concern over a McCarthy speakership. Boebert suggested Monday that she would not support McCarthy without reinstating a mechanism that would allow for members to remove him easily if they decide they no longer support him.
“We have to have an accountability mechanism on the speaker of the House,” Boebert told Kirk, the Turning Point USA founder, Monday. “This is third in command for the presidency of the United States of America. And we are going to strip away the one check-and-balance that members of Congress have?”
Boebert and Greene did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on their differing views regarding the House speakership.