Greene says Speaker Johnson is a ‘Democrat,’ comparable to Nancy Pelosi

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) likened Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to a Democrat on Wednesday as she doubled down on threats to push forward with an effort to oust him from his post.

In a phone interview with CNN’s Manu Raju on Wednesday, Greene reportedly showed no sign of being deterred by warnings from within her conference to quell her resistance to Johnson. She sharply criticized Johnson for striking a bipartisan deal on a $1.2 trillion funding bill that averted a partial government shutdown.

Greene has attacked the bill for relying on Democratic votes for passage, lacking many GOP policy demands and not being released with sufficient time to read the full bill before voting.

Greene said she thinks Republicans around the country back her position, saying GOP voters are “furious that our so-called Christian conservative, Republican Speaker of the House did this to them,” Raju reported.

“People are fed up with Republicans that say one thing and turn around and literally join the flock and just continue the same old crap everybody’s tired of,” Greene said, likening Johnson’s tactics to that of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Greene reportedly said Johnson has “literally turned into Mitch McConnell’s twin and worse. He’s a Democrat.”

“There’s not even any daylight between him and Nancy Pelosi at this point,” she reportedly added.

CNN reported that Greene shot down the suggestion that ousting Johnson could result in a more moderate Speaker, such as House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.).

“We cannot get anyone more moderate than Mike Johnson,” Greene said. “I would argue Mike Johnson, we can’t get any further left than Mike Johnson. I think the Democrats might be happier with him than they are with Hakeem Jeffries.”

After Johnson negotiated the funding package last month, Greene introduced a resolution to remove Johnson from power. The Georgia firebrand has not moved to force a vote on her motion to vacate, but throughout the long holiday recess, she has continued to attack Johnson and warn that she would not be afraid to act on her threat if he moves forward with a Ukraine package as he has said he would.

On Sunday, Johnson acknowledged Greene’s frustrations with the government spending package — frustrations he said he shared — but also defended his negotiations with the Democrats as the simple reality of governing in a divided Washington.

“These are not the perfect pieces of legislation that you and I and Marjorie would draft if we had the ability to do it differently,” Johnson said in an interview with Fox News’s Trey Gowdy. “But with the smallest margin in U.S. history, we’re sometimes going to get legislation that we don’t like.”

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