Democrats make rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s efforts to downplay the threat of Capitol rioting are on the rise in The Memo: What Now For Anti-Trump Republicans? MP Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet Trump “soon” in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) One of their key GOP slides on the way to the 2022 midterm elections as they try to keep their slim majority in the House of Representatives.
Greene has sparked a fresh backlash in recent days when she made comments equating theorists with mask mandates equating the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
“I think that in the absence of Trump it offers a great opportunity to be a sticking point and a slide for Democrats in election campaigns,” said Democratic pollster Molly Murphy. “Everything it stands for and represents is a walking representation of where this Republican Party is going. And I think Democrats would be wise to invoke it and wherever it tries to take that side. “
The Greene controversy comes as the Democrats develop a strategy for defending one of the narrowest House majorities in modern history.
The party controls the Chamber by just a handful of seats and is already facing both a redistribution process designed to give Republicans an edge and a historic trend where the White House party wins seats in the first half of a new term Administration.
The Democrats have already announced a campaign strategy focused on the Biden administration’s legislative efforts, including promoting a major coronavirus relief package signed earlier this year and proposals to implement trillions of dollars in infrastructure spending as well as expanding the social safety net.
But House Representatives also plan to highlight controversial remarks by Greene and the reluctance of Republicans to impose any form of punishment on them in Congress.
Murphy predicted Greene could be featured in the Democrats’ paid promotions as well as fundraising appeals, and could be used to beat other top Republicans.
“Democrats will crack down on popular legislation,” added a senior House adviser, “and Republicans will just disqualify themselves.”
“Especially at Greene, you see someone like that [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyColorado Democrat: Fear Trump, Will to Power Overlay some Republicans’ Patriotism How Trump Could Affect GOP Prospects for 2022 Democrats are planning the next step after the GOP fell on Jan. 6 MORE [R-Calif.] simply unwilling and unable to curb them or stop them from consuming their caucus or really becoming a leader, which really does more to disqualify McCarthy and the Republican leadership more than anything, ”added the advisor added.
Greene last sparked controversy this week when she compared mask mandates in Congress and across the country to the Holocaust – and then doubled in the face of criticism from Democrats and Republicans. She has been reprimanded by the House GOP leaders, but is not expected to face a formal reprimand.
The Georgia MP is no stranger to controversy as she has been embroiled in a number of firestorms during her brief tenure at the house.
Greene was voted out of office earlier this year based on earlier statements from her committees ahead of her 2020 election expressing her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and advocating violence against Democrats.
Then she sparked an uproar in Washington over a draft of her bureau for the formation of the “America First Caucus”, which called for a “common respect for the unique Anglo-Saxon political traditions”.
Alongside these incidents, Greene has been a consistent proponent of the debunked theory that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from previous ones President TrumpDonald TrumpBarbra Streisand: Republicans Want an Authoritarian State DOJ Adds Four Defendants to Oath Keepers Conspiracy Case JD Vance appears wild in Ohio’s GOP Senate area code MORE and has clashed with several Democrats in the House of Representatives, most notably the confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene Reveals GOP Establishment’s Lack of Power Jewish House Democrats urge Biden to crack down on anti-Semitism GOP leaders face fresh calls to boot Greene MORE (DN.Y.) and heckling Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) Because of her transgender daughter.
Greene’s turn in the national spotlight coincides with Democrats’ quest for a new slide after Trump got out of the White House and lost his Twitter and Facebook mouth horns.
“I think what makes this line of scrimmage an effective line of scrimmage is that this isn’t a huge step, this is just a continuation of where Trump has taken them and where they and other right-wing extremists are trying to take the party.” A Democratic strategist working on down-vote races told The Hill. “She’s just picking up Donald Trump’s baton.”
The playbook reflects one that the GOP has been using for years. For several cycles, Republicans flooded the radio waves and social media with ads that said people liked speakers Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBarbara Comstock: If Trump went missing, there wouldn’t be many Republicans in House Search Group GOP Resists Mask, Metal Detector Fines Democrats plan next move after GOP sank on Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.), Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats are planning the next step after the GOP sunk 9 Senate seats on Jan. 6, likely to be flipped in 2022. Hillary Clinton responds to the story of a “noble” restaurant outing with the PSA MORE vaccine and Ocasio-Cortez led the party instead of Presidents Obama and Biden, who often had higher approval ratings than the GOP slides.
“You need voters on election day to get an idea of who is in charge in Washington, and I think the Republicans have always tried,” said the strategist. “It’s not Kevin McCarthy. … It is driven by Marjorie Taylor Greene, it is driven by a number of her colleagues and these people who are on the fringes. “
When asked about the criticism and its impact on the mid-term elections, Greene redoubled her remarks and accused the Democrats of anti-Semitism for isolated criticism of Israel and condemned masked mandates.
“Your attempts to embarrass, marginalize, and brand Americans who choose not to be vaccinated or to wear a mask are reminiscent of the great tyrants of history who did the same to those who disobeyed” she said in a statement. “I’m sorry that some of my words make people uncomfortable, but that’s what the American left is about.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee also fought back the attacks, with spokesman Mike Berg describing this as part of the Democrats’ efforts to “do and say everything to distract from a” socialist agenda “.
Still, Republicans expressed concern that Greene’s numerous controversial comments could weigh on the party in 2022.
“I’m a Republican, I’m not a Jew, I’m not a history buff, but every time I hear Marjorie Taylor Greene talk about the Holocaust, it’s terrifying. And I think there are a lot of people out there who are doing the same, ”said Georgia-based GOP strategist Chip Lake.
“Nobody heard from this agent six months ago, and now she routinely runs national news programs,” added Alex Conant, another Republican agent. “It’s not good for Republicans trying to get a majority.”
It is unclear whether Greene will prove to be as effective a slide as Trump, Conant said. Despite her platform, Greene is a backbencher in the House of Representatives while Trump was president.
Even so, in the past few days she has managed to monopolize media coverage and force the GOP House of Representatives to issue statements condemning her statements while distancing herself from questions about whether they will be removed from the House’s Republican caucus should.
Democrats say momentum is inherently valuable to them when they go to the mid-term.
“That’s the biggest problem that it presents to you … it distracts you from what an opposition party usually tries to do,” said a second Democratic strategist who works on the House of Representatives elections. “She cuts both off absolutely when it comes to collecting donations and upsetting the democratic base, but then also preventing the guys on her side from making a coherent argument against it Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas Democrats Hold Strike To Block The Passing Of A Comprehensive Election Review Package DOJ Adds Four Defendants To Oath Keepers Conspiracy Case Biden recalls late son Beau in Memorial Day remarks MORE. “
While the attacks on Greene are sure to revitalize the party base, Democrats wait until next year to see how broadly broadside voters will be swayed.
But strategists say the attacks don’t have to win over many converts – they just have to convince enough undecided voters in enough house races not to vote Republicans to hold the chamber.
“Will it be a crucial issue for everyone? No, ”Democratic strategist Eddie Vale told The Hill, referring to swing voters.
“But you see the whole party turning away from you. And again that won’t be 100,000 people in a convention district, but if that affects 500 people in a district, it could swing both ways. “