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Marjorie Taylor Greene says Dan Crenshaw is 'shooting blanks'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/10/2021 Rob Crilly, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.Com
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Rightwing firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at her Republican colleague Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, saying he was 'shooting with blanks' after he launched an outspoken attack against 'grifters' in the party.

Crenshaw is the latest to raise concerns about the likes of Greene and other members of the House Freedom Caucus who have discovered they can generate headlines with outlandish statements.

But she hit back in a tweet.

'Recent attacks from our conference on the @freedomcaucus not only misses the mark, it tells more about the guy shooting with blanks,' she wrote on Wednesday.

'It's a lot better for him to move to the right than disappoint the audience he performs for.' 

Greene has a record of making incendiary comments, from sharing QAnon conspiracy theories to apparently condoning violence against Democrats.  

 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at criticism of 'grifters' in the Republican Party, claiming a battle for the identity of the Republican Party was under way that would make it stronger

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at criticism of 'grifters' in the Republican Party, claiming a battle for the identity of the Republican Party was under way that would make it stronger
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She was stripped of committee assignments in February amid concern about her past comments.

But Greene defended her approach and painted it as a battle for the identity of the Republican Party.

'While publicly it might look ugly, when we take back the House in '22, we'll be a force to be reckoned with,' she tweeted.

'Taking our issues to the mat and working it out will unite us to be stronger to defeat our enemies.' 


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Several House Republicans have said that the likes of Greene are drowning out more moderate voices with extreme views.

Last month Rep. Paul Gosar, another member of the House Freedom Caucus, was stripped of his committee assignments after sharing a video that showed a cartoon version of himself attacking Democrats with a sword.

While their efforts guarantee headlines, they worry some Republican leaders who fear a vocal fringe will put off voters in next year's midterm elections.  

'There are two types of members of Congress: there is performance artists and there is legislators,' Crenshaw said during a campaign event in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.

'Performance artists are the ones who get all of the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well. 

'They know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear.' 

Rep. Dan Crenshaw used an appearance in Houston, Texas, to condemn 'performance artists' as 'the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well' © Provided by Daily Mail Rep. Dan Crenshaw used an appearance in Houston, Texas, to condemn 'performance artists' as 'the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well'

He went on to point to members of the House Freedom Caucus, which includes the likes of Gosar, Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan, for failing to vote with former President Trump. 

'What you hear so often is not true,' said the former Green Beret, who has found a niche as Trump supporter that is not afraid to speak out against the worst excesses of the MAGA movement.

'It’s not true. We have grifters in our midst… I mean in the conservative movement.

'Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart. 

'We’re worried about what people are doing to do to us, what people are going to infringe upon us, that’s the nature of conservatism.'  

Crenshaw's comments, made at the Texas Liberty Alliance PAC event, feed into a debate about the future of conservativism.

Some moderate Republicans are pondering how to use the energy of Trump and his supporters, without turning off mainstream voters.  

Rep. Adam Kinzinger © Provided by Daily Mail Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Crenshaw has tamped down on speculation that he is considering a 2024 presidential run. But his conservative credentials and independent spirit are seen by some as marking him out as someone who might please the base while winning over independents.

For his part, Crenshaw praised Rep. Adam Kinzinger - hated by much of MAGA world for joining the Jan. 6 House investigation - for voting with former President Trump 99 percent of the time. 

And his words echoed those used by Kinzinger recently, when he accused House minority leader Kevin McCarthy of pandering to the party's fringe to curry favor with Trump and neglecting mainstream members.

'These aren't the ones that you know, tweet all the time,' he told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' program last week.

'They're not the ones that are going to you know, talk about Jewish space lasers and make, you know, crazy racist jokes just so that they can get more Twitter followers because they don't take governance seriously. 

'These are actually members of Congress that take governance seriously.'

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