Some Republicans — perhaps they would be best described as those with more traditional views on Congressional decorum — are trying really hard to convince the public that they’re still the norm in their party, and that people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, who make big flashy displays of bad behavior in public, are outliers.
Recently, it was Mitch McConnell who suggested that Republicans like Greene and Madison Cawthorn — who he referred to as “lonely voices” — should just be ignored, and indicated that they aren’t really representative of the party as a whole.
In the interview clip below, Congressman Fred Upton addresses this, expressing concern that the number of “wild types” being elected seems to be on the rise, and says that it suggests “troubled waters” for his party.
Republican Rep. Fred Upton says his party is in "troubled waters," citing the popularity of the likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert pic.twitter.com/IsnfMXgUhD
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“I don’t think we’ve had as many folks in that, sort of wing, of the party, elected as we have, before, and they’re popular back home,” he says.
What does that say about the Republican Party?
“Troubled waters,” responds Upton, quickly pivoting to how the political differences in response to COVID-19 affect votes in Congress.
Aside from antics like wearing a gas mask on the House floor to protest against health precautions (Matt Gaetz), yelling during the President’s State of the Union address (Boebert), and harassing colleagues (Greene), these several ‘outliers’ who seem to be less and less outlying all the time are routinely engaging in behavior that’s genuinely dangerous to the nation, like blatant antiSemitism and participating in white nationalist conferences.
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