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Johnson ouster effort puts Marjorie Taylor Greene at odds with MAGA allies


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The Washington Examiner

Cami Mondeaux
May 5, 2024

After weeks of threatening House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) job, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is finally moving forward with her motion to vacate — putting the firebrand Republican at odds with many in her party, including former President Donald Trump. 

Greene announced she would bring the motion to the floor next week even as several Republican lawmakers have already indicated they would oppose the measure, likely making it dead on arrival as Democrats have also vowed to block the measure. However, the Georgia Republican has refused to back down even as many of her allies on the right have voiced concerns it could cost them their majority next year. 

“That’s exactly why we have to do this. We have to win in November. We have to have a majority in the House,” Greene said on Wednesday. “We’re not going to have a House majority if we keep Mike Johnson.” 

Greene’s decision to move forward with the motion to vacate puts her at odds with Trump, who has publicly supported Johnson and has dismissed the idea of removing him. However, Greene has rejected suggestions that her motion is in defiance of the former president’s wishes, arguing instead the move would boost his chances in the 2024 election.

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Trump’s support of Johnson could be reflected among several of his allies on Capitol Hill, possibly alienating Greene from the former president’s base despite being one of his most vocal allies. 

“Everything that we do in the House of Representatives should be in the best interest of getting Donald Trump reelected,” Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) said. “Motions to vacate, justified or unjustified, we don’t have time for that right now. Let’s focus on Donald Trump.” 

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Mace confused why MTG is pushing motion to vacate vote: ‘I don’t know why she’s doing this’
Jack Birle
May 6, 2024

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Mace, who was one of the eight Republicans who voted to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the speakership in October, said Monday on Newsmax’s Wake Up America that the House GOP should be focused on unity and questioned why Greene was going forward.

“Now is the time to bring the party together. We’ve been through a lot of challenges over the last six months, and we’ve overcome those challenges, and we need to unite together so that we can win the White House. We need to help Donald Trump win the White House,” Mace said. “We need to help Mike Johnson keep the majority, and then, we need to flip the Senate because that is the only way we can turn around the divisiveness of the Left, the divisiveness of the Democrat Party, the divisiveness of Joe Biden.

Greene is expected to force a vote on the motion to vacate this week, but most Republicans, along with House Democratic leadership, have vowed to table the motion to vacate.

“She’s going to lose. I don’t know why she’s doing this because the votes aren’t there,” Mace said. “She’s going to lose the motion to vacate, and I don’t know why she’s doing it.”

Mace pushed for a unified front for Republicans to present as a pitch for keeping (and expanding) the House majority in November

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