Newly-elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said early Saturday that she had a “GREAT call” with former President Donald Trump, intensifying concerns about the ex-president’s continued ideological sway in the Republican Party and signaling that Trump could be willing to throw further public support behind a member of Congress who has advocated violence against Democratic lawmakers.
“I had a GREAT call with my all time favorite POTUS, President Trump!” the QAnon-promoting lawmaker tweeted. “I’m so grateful for his support and more importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First.”
In the second of a series of tweets declaring her continued support for the departed president, Greene added, “…You can never beat him because We The People have his back.”
The conspiracy theorist lawmaker’s tweet about the call on Saturday, comes after the Republican congresswoman drew ire for being appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee earlier this week, after reports showed she had called school shootings “false-flag” operations and had heckled survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
A CNN report this week also suggested that the GOP freshman had endorsed social media posts that advocated executing FBI agents and Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
In the wake of the Capitol riot, Pelosi has urged for enhanced security provisions to members of Congress telling reporters on Thursday that “the enemy is within the House of Representatives.”
Pelosi on Thursday also rebuked members who have insisted on bringing guns to the Capitol and “have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
The Georgia lawmaker appeared to take aim at the House Speaker’s comments when she referred to “an enemy within,” in a subsequent tweet on Saturday.
“Yes there is an enemy within. And that enemy is a poisonous rot of socialist policies and America last sell outs,” she wrote.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) blasted news of the call, saying, “lies of a feather flock together.”
Lies of a feather flock together: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s nonsense and the “big lie” of a stolen election. https://t.co/ID4QL2ZPEV
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) January 30, 2021
Greene’s reported call with Trump comes days before the GOP freshman is expected to have a chat with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about her recent troubling behavior.
Greene had also tweeted on Saturday, without directly addressing specific behavior, that she would “never apologize.”
On Thursday, Trump met with the House Minority Leader at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to begin planning for “taking back the House in 2022,” according to a statement from his Save America PAC.
McCarthy’s meeting with Trump was also, presumably, an effort at making amends after reports that Trump and his loyalists in the GOP were furious after McCarthy acknowledged (and later walked back) the reality that Trump bore responsibility for quelling the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
Democrats meanwhile have decried House GOP leadership for doing little to stop its members from advancing bogus theories or amplifying extremist views, chastising McCarthy for effectively abetting Greene, and others, who appear to have a history of glorifying violence that has become increasingly mainstreamed in the Republican Party in the wake of the Capitol riot.