Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) repeatedly disrupted the State of the Union address that President Joe Biden sought to deliver before Congress on Tuesday, and in response to her frenzied outbursts, Adam Kinzinger proposed she be censured.
“The GOP should lead the censure of @RepMTG for her behavior,” Kinzinger said late Tuesday, as other outrage also circulated. Kinzinger, of course, left his own stint in Congressional service just last month after deciding against a run for re-election.
The GOP should lead the censure of @RepMTG for her behavior.
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) February 8, 2023
Censure constitutes a formal rebuke of a member by the House. It’s a form of action that the House, which was then led by Democrats, took against Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) after he posted a video edited to depict him committing physical violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). According to a report in The Washington Post, leaders of the House Republicans including Kevin McCarthy pushed back before Biden gave his speech Tuesday on the prospect of individual members antagonizing the president as he stood before legislators and viewers, but Greene evidently didn’t care, even though she has generally supported McCarthy. Infamously, she also disrupted Biden’s State of the Union address last year, which the president delivered in March.
This time, Greene’s vitriol was focused on issues including Biden’s claims about Republicans seeking what would be cuts to Social Security and Medicare, in addition to the southern border and Chinese surveillance operations targeting Americans. Greene is on the House Oversight panel, which recently held a hearing focusing on the southern border where it predictably wasn’t clear there was some kind of grand revelation of how Biden is supposedly destroying the United States, or whatever. In fact, one of the witnesses spoke to how migrants have been found to believe the false notion the southern border is “open,” and who is among those pushing that exact idea? Donald Trump! In his rage at a policy approach that doesn’t exist as he claims, he is helping provide support for the idea among those who might simply not know the truth that it actually does.
At the same hearing, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) pointed out how seizures of fentanyl were somewhat of a positive, since the drugs therefore wouldn’t be reaching people. Republicans have repeatedly used the rates of fentanyl seizures in their jabs at Biden’s team.