Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, wants to see the 149 Republicans who voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal in 2024, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
“The Republican Party, the 149 who voted for it, must all be primaries,” he said in a statement on his “War Room” podcast.
The bill passed in a vote of 314 to 117 which saw majorities in both parties in favor, but 149 Republicans voted in the affirmative while 165 Democrats endorsed the deal.
Bannon was puzzled as to what the 149 might have found to agree with a large majority of Democrats. And his call to primary supporters included Greene as well as Reps. James Comer (KY) and Jim Jordan (OH).
“Let me repeat that,” insisted Bannon. “Everyone, including the people we love very much and some we loved very much, must be primary.”
“These 149 who voted for it (debt ceiling), all must be primary – ALL, including the people we love very much and some we once loved…”
— Grace Chong 🇺🇸 (@gc22gc) June 5, 2023
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Bannon says Jordan and Greene must answer for debt ceiling vote
Bannon argued that Republicans who voted in favor of the Biden-McCarthy debt ceiling deal need to explain to voters why they capitulated.
“They have to stand on a debate stage in the primary season and they have to justify what they did with the knowledge they had, at the time what happened and then what is the impact, because the impact on the primary season is going to be much worse than today,” he said.
Greene has previously explained why she sided with McCarthy, giving President Joe Biden two years to continue borrowing money.
“I chose to do the hard thing, and you want to know how I did it?” I did it because I like to sleep at night,” she says. “I’m not going to sit here and throw away red meat, because that’s what people want to hear. I’m really going to think about it and consider this decision. And I’m going to do the right thing.
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” And that’s what I did. I picked the hardest thing,” Greene added. “The one that got trashed and trashed and trashed, but I’m okay with that.”
Leaving to get along isn’t the “hard thing.”
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TASK AND PURPOSE: GOP 149 pic.twitter.com/d7r8Mm1HGS
— Grace Chong 🇺🇸 (@gc22gc) June 5, 2023
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Greene says she’s “done” with Bannon
Bannon said Greene and Jordan will face the main challenges of “True MAGA“Candidates.
Greene resented being called out for her alliance with centrist House Speaker McCarthy and bowing to Biden.
In a text message obtained by The daily beastGreene told fellow Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) that she was “done” with Bannon.
“Steve and I are not getting back together,” she wrote. “And if he continues, I will take the house and the children. Hope you send it to Steve. Because I’m done.
Marjorie Taylor Greene slams Steve Bannon after calling main challenge, saying she’s ‘done’ with him in fiery texts to Matt Gaetz https://t.co/5lpKLtgBIX
— Insider Politics (@insiderpolitics) June 5, 2023
Greene also appears to be done being a fiery maverick in the House, going from a MAGA warrior to just a dancing ape for McCarthy over the past year.
The debt ceiling agreement got more votes from Democrats than Republicans. In fact, he was saved by Democrats after 71 conservative Republicans voted against the legislation.
The Political Insider reported on the many ways the deal failed to live up to conservative principles – including failing to cut spending to an acceptable level, adding $4 trillion to the debt and give in to the White House — and why Democrats were celebrating the case more.
Biden was so pleased he made a rare appearance from his Delaware beach house to give a prime-time address announcing the deal.
Greene’s chief McCarthy also called the deal “fabulous”.
That’s fabulous -> Democrats are now officially in favor of:
– Work requirements for well-being
– Reduce IRS funding
– Decrease spending
So you can be sure that I will be back for more. pic.twitter.com/yaSPk1FnAY
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) June 1, 2023
The debt ceiling agreement indicates continued weakness in Republican leadership. Greene is now part of that weakness and, as Bannon says, she and the other 148 Republicans must answer for it.
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