MTG vs Boebert
Breaking a cardinal rule.
One of the early* rules that I adopted for my blogging was to avoid posts that could be summarized “Known idiot says something stupid.” There are certain people in American political and pop culture circles whose brand is to gain attention by doing or saying outrageous things and, after a while, it just becomes tiresome to comment on those people. Given that this technique has becoming increasingly widespread in my erstwhile party, including a certain former President, it’s become increasingly hard to comment on American politics.**
So, when I saw the Daily Beast headline “Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Boebert a ‘Little Bitch’ on the House Floor” on my phone yesterday afternoon, I had no intention of writing about it. Neither of them are fit to run a local PTA, much less be Members of Congress. But, finally reading the story this morning, the substance is more interesting than the headline.
The messy feud between two of MAGA world’s biggest stars burst into public view on Wednesday, when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) a “little bitch” to her face on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The angry exchange came as the two lawmakers have been swiping at each other over their competing resolutions to impeach President Joe Biden. But tensions came to a head on Wednesday after Boebert leveraged a procedural tool to force a vote on her own impeachment resolution within days—undercutting Greene, who had offered her own resolution, but not with the procedural advantages of forcing a vote.
Greene apparently cursed out Boebert while the House was voting Wednesday afternoon, as the two spoke in a center aisle of the House floor; part of their interaction was captured on C-SPAN’s cameras.
According to two sources that saw the exchange and a third familiar with the matter, the back and forth began when Boebert approached Greene—then seated in the chamber—and confronted her over “statements you made about me publicly.” All three of the sources said Greene called Boebert a “bitch.” One of the sources said Greene called her “a little bitch.”
According to two of the sources, Greene then stood up and alleged that Boebert “copied my articles of impeachment,” to which the Colorado lawmaker fired back that she hadn’t even read Greene’s resolution.
“I’ve donated to you, I’ve defended you. But you’ve been nothing but a little bitch to me,” Greene told Boebert, according to a source who witnessed the exchange. “And you copied my articles of impeachment after I asked you to cosponsor them.”
The name-calling was confirmed by another GOP lawmaker and another source who witnessed the exchange.
“I heard Marjorie call Boebert a bitch right to her face,” one GOP lawmaker said, granted anonymity by The Daily Beast to speak freely about the argument.
“OK, Marjorie, we’re through,” Boebert then said, shrugging her shoulders.
With Boebert’s back turned, Greene responded: “We were never together.”
Reached for comment about the exchange, Boebert didn’t deny the back and forth.
“Marjorie is not my enemy. I came here to protect our children and their posterity. Joe Biden and the Democrats are destroying our country,” she told The Daily Beast. “My priorities are to correct their bad policies and save America.”
Boebert subsequently told CNN: “Like I said, I’m not in middle school.”
As for her part, when asked about their exchange, Greene told The Daily Beast: “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.”
Earlier in the day, Greene said she has long championed articles of impeachment against Biden—and strongly suggested Boebert is late to a push that she herself already owns.
“Lauren Boebert never addressed the conference,” Greene said. “I made it clear to the conference that I have introduced articles of impeachment, literally since Joe Biden’s first day in office.”
“I have been talking about it with everybody forever,” Greene continued. “Literally, everyone. Forever, ‘til I’m blue in the face. You see me? I’m blue in the face.”
The known unfit Congresswoman saying something unbefitting a Congresswoman on the House floor is not news. Nor, I suppose, is her sheer unseriousness.
But the apparent source of her anger is that another unfit MAGA Congresswoman is pushing articles of impeachment against President Biden that she herself supports and may thus take some of the spotlight away from her! Further, she has been pushing for impeachment since literally before Biden could possibly have done something impeachable! And doing so until she’s blue in the face! Her face is blue!
*Probably not in the first 18 months or so. But once I tired of the “game” aspect of the genre and decided to offer more substantive commentary rather than keeping a true log of stories I was reading on the Web, I wrote increasingly fewer of those posts.
**It also generates quite a bit of whataboutism in the comment section, since a side effect is focusing disproportionate energy on politicians who are supposed to be serious.