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Marjorie Taylor Greene Hijacks House Hearing to Whine About ‘Disrespectful’ Metal Detectors

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) interrupted a floor debate over House Resolution 1 to carp about metal detectors that have been installed at the United States Capitol in the wake of the January 6th insurrection, which she has been accused of aiding and abetting.

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The legislative proposal HR 1 “addresses voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending, and ethics for the three branches of government. Specifically, the bill expands voter registration and voting access and limits removing voters from voter rolls. The bill provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions” and “requires candidates for President and Vice President to submit 10 years of tax returns.”

Greene did not offer any specific examples of why the beefed-up safety measures at the Capitol are “disrespectful” or what they have to do with the draconian laws that GOP state legislators and governors have implemented, which have resulted in extraordinarily long lines at polling stations, requirements for voter ID cards, and registered voters being purged from the rolls.

“Mister Speaker, I rise in opposition to HR 1. While we’re talking about voter suppression and long lines, I’d like to point out that there’s real voter suppression that happens right here in Congress,” Greene said in a 30-second sound-byte.

“Many members of Congress have to stand in long lines to enter the chamber, going through metal detectors, emptying our pockets, and being treated very disrespectfully. So that is real voter suppression and it’s a shame that it happens right here on the House floor,” she continued.

“Standing in line to vote is not voter suppression,” Greene added. “It’s just part of the voting process, just like people stand in line to buy groceries at the grocery store. Thank you very much.”

GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives have faced intense scrutiny from their Democratic colleagues for demanding permission to carry firearms throughout the halls of Congress.

Last month, Greene was stripped of her committee appointments as punishment for repeatedly making bigoted and racist statements, leaving her with little legislative power besides being disruptive.

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