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GOP Rep. Greene says she’s filing articles to impeach Biden

By: - August 20, 2021 8:20 am

House Democrats are moving to strip committee assignments from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s past comments challenging the veracity of deadly school shootings. | Screenshot of her 2020 campaign ad

Embattled U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) held a spirited event in Des Moines on Thursday night, railing against technology companies, the media, Democrats and members of their own party who were disloyal to former President Donald Trump.

“The Democrats, the media and big tech — that’s the new axis of evil,” said Greene, who was suspended from Twitter last week for posting misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Greene and Gaetz mentioned several politicians and bureaucrats by name — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), “The Squad” of four progressive congresswoman and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — and the crowd booed for each one. In response to a tirade against White House infectious disease adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, the audience chanted, “Lock him up.”

Gaetz and Greene focused most extensively on President Joe Biden, criticizing his handling of the Afghanistan exit and falsely claiming that Biden did not win the 2020 election. Greene said she would file articles of impeachment against Biden Friday.

“I believe in firing people when they’re corrupt and they do a bad job,” Greene said. “Joe Biden is failing America and he needs to be impeached.”

Both Greene and Gaetz are controversial figures in the GOP. Gaetz, a Florida representative, is embroiled in investigations into an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old that may have violated sex trafficking laws. Greene, a freshman representative from Georgia, has spent her tenure promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, the COVID vaccine and more. She was removed from committees in February and reprimanded in May after comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust.

Several prominent Republicans have visited Iowa this summer as organizing for 2022 and 2024 begins. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former Vice President Mike Pence spoke in July at a conservative Christian conference. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is headed to the state later this month, as is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla).

Neither Gaetz or Greene discussed personal political ambitions on Thursday, instead focusing on Trump. Greene asked the crowd if they were ready to support Trump in 2024. Gaetz suggested Trump run for the House instead — “Why wait until 2024?” — and become speaker of the House in 2022.

A version of this story first ran in the Advance‘s sister outlet, the Iowa Capitol Dispatch. Read the story here.

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.