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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily won her reelection campaign earlier this month, and she appears to be more determined than ever to hold the Democratic ‘elite’ accountable. That includes taking on Hillary Clinton.
The Georgia Republican called out Clinton, who lost her bid for the presidency for the second time in 2016 to then-GOP nominee Donald Trump, during a podcast she posted to social media this week.
“And your truth had to be banned because your truth was the wrong truth, and this is how this all started. I’ll never forget when Hillary Clinton called everyone supporting Trump ‘deplorables,'” Greene said.
“Wasn’t that a nasty thing for her to do, to declare half of the country basically like we’re kind of subclass? That’s where all this started and how we got treated, and it should have never happened that way,” Greene continued, adding: “She should apologize. Hillary Clinton owes America an apology.”
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 22, 2022
Clinton made her remarks at a September 2016 fundraiser, turning heads when she declared, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Last week after winning reelection, Greene called on the new House Republican majority to defund a special counsel recently appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump.
She called on the GOP to “refuse to appropriate any funding to Merrick Garland’s Special Counsel and defund any part of the DOJ acting on behalf of the Democrat party as a taxpayer-funded campaign arm for the Democrat’s 2024 presidential nominee.”
In a tweet detailing the plan, Greene said that current House Minority Leader and likely next House Speaker Kevin McCarthy would deny funding to the Department of Justice special counsel investigating Trump. Greene said McCarthy would invoke the Holman rule, a procedural measure by which the House may adjust appropriations legislation to reduce the salary of or fire specific government employees. They may also use it to cut specific programs.
“Holman Rule. Look it up! [McCarthy] is going to put it in place,” Greene wrote. “That means no money for Garland’s politically weaponized Special Counsel. Don’t promise too many jobs! Whoops defunded.”
Look it up!@GOPLeader is going to put it in place.
That means no money for Garland’s politically weaponized Special Counsel.
Don’t promise too many jobs!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 18, 2022
Garland announced he was naming former prosecutor Jack Smith, who has extensive ties to Democratic administrations, as special counsel within days after Trump declared his intention to seek the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“Here we go again! I thought that the Unselect Committee on January 6th was a dead issue, especially with the record setting loss off [sic] Liz Chaney in the Great State of Wyoming, and likewise felt that the document hoax case, after reviewing the Clinton Socks Case & the Presidential Record Act, was dead, or at least dying fast,” Trump noted on his Truth Social platform after Garland’s announcement.
“The Democrat Department of ‘Justice’ had nothing, except Trump haters, so they just appointed a Special Prosecutor to go after me further. Disgraceful!” he added.
Since 2018, Smith has worked at The Hague investigating war crimes. He is the third special counsel in five years to look into issues involving Trump, which has led to cries of political partisanship, especially since Trump declared his intention to run for the GOP presidential nomination once again on Tuesday.
“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he’s a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said in remarks on Friday at the Justice Department. “This appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations.”
Mike Davis, a former chief counsel for nominations for then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and who is now president of the Article III Project, blasted the appointment as political, noting that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department remains laser-focused on Trump while refusing to move against credible allegations involving him and his son, Hunter Biden.
“By appointing a special counsel to investigate his boss’s top political enemy, Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to politicize and weaponize the Biden Justice Department, all while ignoring smoking-gun evidence of the Biden family’s foreign corruption,” he said in a statement.