Social media users are apparently enjoying the spectacle as House Republicans can’t seem to stop fighting with each other over bigotry and their cultish devotion to Donald Trump.
Two weeks ago, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urged Republicans to stop attacking each other after 13 moderate GOP lawmakers were marked as traitors by some of their conservative colleagues over their votes for the bipartisan infrastructure bill championed by President Biden.
But no one is listening to the spineless GOP leader and the drama turned uglier after a Twitter fight between Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), with Greene calling the swing-district lawmaker “trash” for condemning Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Mace fired back by using emojis to label Greene as “batshit crazy.”
Boebert herself was called “TRASH” days earlier by Rep. Adam Kinzingerfor invoking Islamophobic tropes by suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) could be a terrorist.
McCarthy is scrambling to contain the chaos behind the scene. But nothing is working as GOP lawmakers he’s counseled have repeatedly either doubled down on the infighting or remained unrepentant.
During a recent interview on CNN, GOP Rep. Tom Reed, one of the 13 House Republicans who came under fire for their infrastructure votes, called out McCarthy for his lack of leadership.
“Well, I think when you’re in a position of leadership, you have to stand up. You have to deal with it. I appreciate the fact that Kevin called our colleague directly to discuss the matter with her. But at some point in time, you also have to stand up and just call it out for what it is. This type of rhetoric cannot be condoned. It cannot be upheld,” the New York Republican told CNN.
Yet alienating far-right members who are closely allied with Trump also carries risks for McCarthy.
Greene touted her ties to Trump on Tuesday, tweeting that she had a “great conversation” with him about Mace.
“Don’t look now, but it’s MTG unable to take the heat, running to the [principal]’s office to tattletale because she can’t stand on her own two feet,” Mace responded. “Bless her heart.”
Meanwhile, the internet is watching with glee.
LMAOOOOO, Michael Flynn is secretly telling people that QAnon is "nonsense," MTG and Nancy Mace fighting, Lin Wood calling Sidney Powell a grifter…
GOP in disarray.
You love to see it.🤣🤣🤣
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 1, 2021
The GQP is imploding in on itself….pass the popcorn!
— Bye Bye Birdy (@criscre123) November 30, 2021
Kevin McCarthy held a meeting with Nancy Mace and Marjorie Taylor Greene asking that they stop their feud. Marjorie then left the meeting, ignored McCarthy, and called for a primary challenge to Mace.
They are imploding, and it's HILARIOUS.
— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) December 1, 2021
Welcome to Congress pic.twitter.com/UvZDUjd53s
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 30, 2021
Today's GOP implosion:
– Pilot confirms Trump flew on Epstein's jet
– Kevin McCarthy humiliated as Mace & Greene feud
– DOJ criminally investigating Powell and 1/6 ringleaders
– Meadows to testify
– Clark to be recommended for criminal contempt
– Trump lawyers set to lose case
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) December 1, 2021
Kevin McCarthy convened a make-up meeting between Reps. Nancy Mace and Marjorie Taylor Greene
Three Toes stormed out & called for a primary challenge against Mace
The QAnon cancer inside the GOP is eating it alive & McCarthy has lost all control. All I can say is good riddance
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) December 1, 2021
I love this, but worth noting that while this battle between Nancy Mace and the unserious circus barker McSpacelaser, @GOPLeader continues his silent streak that would make a monk blush. https://t.co/iqWJG9wMmo
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) November 30, 2021
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace on fellow Congresswoman Majorie Taylor Green:
“She’s a grifter. She lies to grift and it’s not okay.”
“She hasn’t done a damn thing since she got into office.” https://t.co/T8iBT7yBTk
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) December 1, 2021
MTG: Nancy Mace is "trash"
Mace: MTG is a "batshit clown"
Kinzinger: "Circus Barker McSpaceLaser"
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 30, 2021
Fun to watch Republicans imploding and attacking each other, though. 😂
— 4thePpl (@SemiramisRising) November 30, 2021
Republican Women Voters leaving the party in droves.
Blaming Republicans for our Country Demise.
— RealNews.RealFacts (@RealNews_Facts) November 30, 2021