Marjorie Taylor Greene’s own words haunt her during election hearing

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was grilled under oath in court on Friday as she sought to defend her place on the ballot for this year’s midterms – and struggled to keep track of her own past crazy statements.

Greene insisted she didn’t remember much throughout her testimony Friday when questioned about her involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. Greene’s status in the May 14 primary ballot was challenged by a Georgia voter, who argued she should be disqualified because of her encouragement of Congress not to certify Joe Biden as a 2020 winner.

“I don’t remember” was Greene’s response to several questions about whether she had spoken to government officials about the build-up to the Capitol attack, including representatives of Holocaust deniers Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and anyone in the White House.

Greene, however, could not escape all of his past actions. After initially denying calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) a “traitor to our country,” the attorney who questioned her later released an exhibit contradicting her statement. She then tried to backtrack on her initial refusal, arguing that Pelosi’s support for migrants crossing the border amounted to betraying her oath of office.

“Oh no, wait, wait now! I believe that by not securing the border, it violates his oath of office,” Greene said. The attorney had to remind Greene that he hadn’t asked about Pelosi’s commitment to his constitutional oath before quoting a CNN article including Greene’s comments, which said Pelosi was “guilty of treason which is “punishable by death”.

“Did you say those words that are quoted?” the judge asked Greene after repeated escapes.

“According to the CNN article, I did,” Greene said, before trying to spin his comments again.

Her past affinity for QAnon also came back to bite her. Greene tried to paint the lawyer citing his past comments as having “as many conspiracies as QAnon”, to which he asked him, “Well, you believe in QAnon, don’t you?”

“I – no, I didn’t say I believed in QAnon,” Greene insisted.

Greene’s banter with amnesia is nothing new. After his shocking appearance at America’s first white nationalist political action conference, Greene tried to deny knowing who white nationalist Nick Fuentes was and what he stood for. His claims were almost immediately quashed after a photo of the two posing together was posted on Twitter.

She is the second Republican lawmaker to face the threat of disqualification. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) also had her status challenged due to her actions on Jan. 6, but a judge overruled it. If Greene is deemed ineligible for the May 14 primary, a notice will be placed next to her name stating that votes for her will not count.

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