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Marjorie Taylor Greene yet another sign of Republican Party crisis

Early in 2019, House Republican leaders reacted with outrage at a remark by then-Congressman Steve King that appeared to defend white supremacy: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King asked The New York Times.

It was the latest and evidently last straw in a series of offensive views by the Iowa lawmaker. GOP leaders stripped him of his committee assignments and condemned his character. “Steve’s remarks are beneath the dignity of the party of Lincoln and the United States of America,” House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said of King, who went on to lose to a primary challenger last June. “House Republicans are clear: We are all in this together, as fellow citizens equal before God and the law.”

So how does the party of Lincoln feel about Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic

Greene makes King look like a relative statesman. Even before she was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th congressional district, Greene embraced QAnon and other crackpot conspiracy theories, including that horrific mass shootings were phony assaults on the Second Amendment. Her Facebook account contained racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.

House Republican leaders rightly denounced her and her candidacy at the time, and threw their support to a GOP opponent in last summer’s Georgia primary. But Greene prevailed in the primary, and since then QAnon conspiracists — with their lies about a global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles — have become among the most conspicuous extremist groups devoted to Donald Trump, who declines to disavow them. They were among rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol this month, putting lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence in potentially mortal danger.

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