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Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene went off on her Democratic opponent, Marcus Flowers, after he levied a slew of accusations against her during a fiery debate.
The exchange between Greene and Flowers began when the Democrat accused Greene of promoting conspiracy theories. When Greene demanded the opportunity to offer a rebuttal, the moderator joined with Flowers and tried to stop her from being able to respond.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
UNKNOWN: “You’re well-known for making controversial statements. Detail your process for vetting and fact-checking your statements that you make in public and post on social media.”
GREENE: “Can you tell me what’s controversial about defending the freedom of speech or what’s controversial about defending our border or saying we need to — can you tell me, give me an example?”
UNKNOWN: “No, you do this every time we have a debate where I ask a question that’s obvious and you’re like, ‘Do you mean…?’ You were kicked off of your committees for saying things that were controversial. You’ve apologized for controversial statements, right? Those types of things. What is your process for fact-checking and vetting the things that you say in public?”
GREENE: “I — the things I say in public are the truth and that’s why they’re so offensive to Democrat activists in the media just like you. And you’re asking me a blanket question with no example. I stand by the things that I say. I stand by saying that we need to secure our border, that we need to protect all of our freedoms and our rights, that we need to stop the America Last Democrat communist policies that are destroying our country. I stand by the words that I say. They’re just offensive to Washington D.C. and the swamp creatures there, because the words that I speak are the same as Americans back home, the same as people in Georgia’s 14th District, and the words that I speak are the truth. And you want to know something, Josh? Sometimes the truth hurts and Washington deserves to hear it. We’re over $31 trillion in debt. Our government has failed the American people. And right now, this administration has us on the verge of a nuclear war with Russia, where they care more about funding a war in Ukraine than they care about protecting Americans, helping homeless people on the streets, securing our border, and stopping fentanyl from killing young people in America.”
Greene is going after Republicans in her own party for backing the recently passed gun control bill.
During a segment on her podcast, Greene vowed to “remove” Republican senators from office who voted in favor of the gun bill, describing the lawmakers as “sellouts.”
Fifteen GOP senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted in favor of the bill, despite the strong opposition of former President Donald Trump.
“To the Republican senators who are helping Biden take away our rights: We will remove you from office,” Greene declared.
“There were multiple Republican senators that just made a deal. They created a bill, and everything was baked in before they even let the public know what was in the bill,” Greene said.
“This is the biggest Republican sellout. These people in the Senate, these Republicans, they’re everything wrong with the Republican Party,” she added.
Trump made similar remarks in a statement via Truth Social, his social media site.
“Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw,” he wrote, adding that the bill was “the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS!”
“Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!” Trump wrote.
The Republicans who voted to advance the bill included its co-sponsor Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Shelley Capito of West Virginia, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana.
It was also opposed by 34 Republican Senators, including Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.