Adam Kinzinger Calls Out ‘Circus-Barker McSpacelaser’ Marjorie Green

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The Republican Party is continuing its erosion as certain members of Congress from its ranks turn against each other. Recently, it’s been Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) among those going at it after Mace spoke against recent derogatory comments made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Boebert mockingly compared Omar, who is Muslim and was born in Somalia, to a suicide bomber — and Greene has kept up the antagonism of Omar even after Boebert shared a tepid apology. (These people really fall into Gossip Girl-level nonsense with ease, don’t they? Just be not racist, for goodness sake! It’s not difficult!)

Greene ranted to Mace on Twitter that she was “out of your league” for criticizing Boebert’s racist remarks, to which Mace replied, in part, that what she’s ‘not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little “league.”’ Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) joined the fray against Greene, pointing out some of the broader ramifications of what’s been going on. As he put it, in response to Mace’s take-down of Greene:

‘I love this, but worth noting that while this battle between Nancy Mace and the unserious circus barker McSpacelaser, [House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)] continues his silent streak that would make a monk blush.’

Kinzinger spoke more expansively regarding his thoughts on McCarthy during a recent appearance on MSNBC, where he explained McCarthy’s acceptance of right-wing extremism like that perpetrated by Greene as a gambit at obtaining enough support within the party to become House Speaker in the event that Republicans win control of the House. Speakers of the House must be voted in by members. Kinzinger said that McCarthy “knows that if he does happen to win [the Speakership] by catering to… what used to be the exotic element of our party; now it’s kind of the mainstream element a little bit — that they’re going to not necessarily support him, or he’s going to have to continue to beg them for their support. But I guess if it’s so important for him to win that [Speaker] vote in a year, that he’ll pay any price.”