Freshman U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has drawn intense criticism in recent days as a series of controversial statements and social media posts from her past resurfaced.
One of her detractors is Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who indirectly linked her and her fringe views to what he described as a “cancer” within the party. A short time later, Greene responded with a thinly veiled swipe of her own.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories”
In a tweet that did not mention McConnell by name, the congresswoman wrote: “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country.”
Her intraparty jab came in the wake of a statement released by the Senate leader that referenced some of the more bizarre conspiracy theories linked to Greene in recent media reports.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our future,” McConnell wrote.
He went on to assert that anyone who has “suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living reality.”
According to the senator’s assessment, such baseless claims have “nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
“A leader with deep convictions”
At the same time, McConnell expressed praise for one of Greene’s colleagues in the House.
After Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) voted last month in favor of impeaching then-President Donald Trump, the top Senate Republican is heaping accolades on her.
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them,” he said. “She is an important leader in our party and in our nation.”
The bipartisan backlash has not silenced Green, who warned Democrats in favor of stripping her of her committee assignments that Republicans would take similar action if her party gains a majority in the chamber after next year’s midterm elections.
Among the potential targets in such a scenario could be Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), both of whom reportedly traveled to Israel with a group that has expressed some level of support for suicide bombers.