Analysis: Is Kevin McCarthy actually going to *do* something about Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Yes, you read that right. Appalling.

The question now is what Republicans will do about it. Or, more specifically, what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will do about it.

On Monday night, McCarthy told CNN’s Melanie Zanona that it was “appalling and wrong” for Greene and Gosar to speak at an event founded by the far-right activist Nick Fuentes. McCarthy added: “There’s no place in our party for any of this. This is unacceptable.”

If past is prologue, the answer to that question is likely not much.

Go back to early 2021, when a series of past incendiary and violent statements statements made by Greene came to light. McCarthy met with Greene, but took no action to punish her for her actions.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy said in a statement at the time. “I condemn those comments unequivocally.”
Eleven Republicans — not including McCarthy — voted with House Democrats to remove Greene from her committee assignments.
Just a few months later, Greene was again in the news when she compared mask-wearing policies to the Holocaust.
Again, McCarthy was not happy. “Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling,” he said.” The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling.”

And, again, he took no formal action to reprimand her.

So, what could McCarthy do this time?

1) McCarthy could sign onto a censure motion in the House. While censure is not common, it does happen. In fact, Gosar was censured by the House last year following his promotion of a photoshopped video that portrayed him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden.
2) McCarthy could push for a formal reprimand. The last member to be reprimanded was Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert in 2020, following a House Ethics Committee investigation found he had committed a series of campaign finance violations.

3) McCarthy could decide that Republican campaign committees would not accept contributions from Greene (or Gosar) or use either one of them to raise money for those campaign arms.

At this point, McCarthy’s scolding of Greene is pointless. As has been demonstrated repeatedly over the past year, strong words from party leadership don’t do much of anything to slow what Greene says and does.

So, the ball is in McCarthy’s court (again). Will he punt (again) on taking actual steps to punish Greene?

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