Embattled Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Senator Mitt Romney of Utah traded jabs on Twitter Saturday after Greene said that former President Donald Trump voiced his support for her during a phone call.
GOP leaders have faced escalating calls to punish Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district, for her past support of conspiracy theories. On Saturday, Greene tweeted that she had a “GREAT call” with Trump and said that the former president indicated his support for her amid Democratic calls for her expulsion. “The blood thirsty media and the socialists hate America. Democrats are attacking me now just like they always attack President Trump,” she added.
Romney criticized Greene and Trump’s alleged phone call, tweeting, “Lies of a feather flock together: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s nonsense and the ‘big lie’ of a stolen election.”
Greene fired back on Saturday afternoon and accused Romney of ignoring the American public’s concerns. “‘Republican’ Senator Mitt Romney obviously cares nothing about the people’s number one concern. Please grow a pair or a spine,” she tweeted in response.
Newsweek reached out to Romney’s office for comment.
Greene has faced mounting bipartisan criticism in recent weeks after past social media posts revealed that she had liked and engaged with conspiracy theories and calls for violence against Democrats.
Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern on Friday called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a “coward” for failing to strip Greene of her committee assignments following reports of her concerning social media activity.
“He’s afraid to take on people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and the most extreme elements of his party,” McGovern told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper. “The people who buy into these crazy conspiracy theories, these QAnon theories, and I think he thinks that that’s where the energy and the excitement in the Republican Party is right now. And it really is sad because the party of Lincoln has become the party of conspiracy theories.”
Greene previously indicated support for the Satanic cannibal pedophile conspiracy theory known as QAnon, but later distanced herself from it while running for Congress.
But recently resurfaced social media activity and videos show that Greene had also engaged positively with other conspiracy theories online before taking office, including the idea that Parkland and other school shootings were staged to advance U.S. gun restrictions.
Democratic Congressman Jimmy Gomez on Wednesday announced that he would soon introduce a resolution to expel Greene from Congress for her past engagement with online activity “calling for political violence against the Speaker of the House, members of Congress, and former President Barack Obama.”