CNN has contacted the former president to ask his opinion.
Green’s apparent conversation with Trump comes at a tumultuous time for the Republican Party, as GOP leaders lead the party to reflect on the former president’s role in unleashing the deadly unrest on U.S. Capitol Hill that led to his second impeachment, and how his legacy fits into the party’s future.
Earlier this week, CNN’s KFile reported that Mr. Green – a strong supporter of Mr. Trump and the policies he has pursued during his tenure – has repeatedly expressed support for the execution of prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before his election to Congress. The congressman has a history of inflammatory rhetoric, including past comments with Islamophobic and anti-Semitic tropes, as well as links to unsubstantiated and completely demystified QAnon conspiracy theory.
Green, in one of his tweets on Saturday, said: I’m not backing down. I will never apologize. And I will always fight for the people.
She also referred to comments made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a press conference this week, in which the Democratic leader said the enemy is in the House of Representatives and referenced the rhetoric and behavior of some Republican members of Congress, including the Greens.
Yes, there is an enemy in there, Green wrote. And this enemy is the toxic rot of socialist politics, and America is selling out for the last time to the pompous hypocrites who think they are untouchable elites.
The congresswoman said she condemned the violent attack on Capitol Hill on the 6th. January and accused Democrats of lying and blaming Republicans for the violence.
Green helped promote Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen by him, and the 6. In January, she and some of her Republican colleagues challenged the vote count in the election.
GOP House Leadership Meeting canceled due to unrest in the party
CNN learned Saturday that Congressional Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy canceled Tuesday’s GOP leadership meeting, ahead of a scheduled Wednesday meeting with all Republicans in the House of Representatives in the dust because of Green’s controversial comments and views, McCarthy’s renewed allegiance to Trump and questions about GOP conference chair Liz Cheney and nine other Republican caucus members who voted to remove the former president from office.
A spokesman for McCarthy told CNN that a leadership meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was canceled because the Republican leader was returning from an energy event in Houston. However, he did not provide any details as to why it was not postponed.
A source familiar with the subject told CNN that they believe one of the reasons McCarthy canceled the meeting is that he doesn’t want to talk about Green.
CNN has already announced that McCarthy plans to speak with the member next week about his past comments and contributions.
The cancellation of the leadership meeting comes at a critical time for House Republicans.
This week, after a split in the fight to impeach Trump, McCarthy privately told his GOP colleagues to stop publicly attacking – and instead focus on Democrats.
McCarthy has already said he supports Cheney, the third Republican to lead the country, but he also expressed concern. McCarthy did not speak publicly with Greene and Cheney after his visit with Trump to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where they discussed a strategy to win a majority in the House by the middle of next year, according to Trump’s Save America Political Action Committee.
Although many Republicans in the House of Representatives have remained silent on Green’s recent inflammatory remarks and the spread of conspiracy theories, she has not been spared criticism from all members of her party.
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of Trump, responded to Green’s announcement of his conversation with the former president on Twitter by saying the lying feathers are gathering: Marjorie Taylor Green: Nonsense and big lies about stolen elections. Green was quick to respond to the Utah Republican, accusing him of not caring.
Democrats call for rejection of Greens
Rising tensions between the two parties in the wake of the deadly riot on Capitol Hill are exacerbated by Democratic Congresswoman Cory Bush of Missouri’s announcement Friday that she will move her office away from Greene after a heated altercation with a GOP member earlier this month over wearing masks.
At least 50 Democrats in the House of Representatives have called for Green to be removed from Congress, while others demanded that she be convicted or punished after her inflammatory remarks came to light.
Democratic Representative Nikema Williams, another member of Georgia’s delegation to Congress, told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Saturday that it was time to expel Green from Congress.
We have seen a direct attack on the U.S. Capitol because of the rhetoric and incitement to violence that they continue to perpetrate, said Williams, who is one of the co-sponsors of the green sentencing bill.
However, to expel a member of Congress requires a two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives. Republicans control just under half the seats in the House of Representatives, and the GOP leadership has yet to take action to censure Ms. Greene for her past comments or contributions.
This story has been updated with additional information.
Manu Raju, Em Steck, Andrew Kaczynski, Claire Foran, Christine Wilson, Alex Rogers, Annie Grayer and Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.