Outgoing GOP lawmaker issues dire warning about Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene

A retired Republican lawmaker says extremist members of his party could make it difficult for the GOP to govern if they take control of the House of Representatives in November with a reduced majority.

“It will be very hard for Republicans to govern if we are under 230 knowing we have the MTG element that is not really part of a governing majority,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told NBC. But said “meet the press” on Sunday.

Upton was referring to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), a far-right conspiracy theorist who spoke on a white nationalist program and has a history of spreading racist and anti-Semitic talking points. Is.

While one party can control the House with 218 seats, Upton said the GOP would need at least 230 to repeal Greene and that people like him, he noted, were very popular in their home districts. were.

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Upton what he said about the Republican Party today.

“Troubled water, I guess you might say,” she replied.

Upton was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the January 6 uprising. He announced his retirement earlier this month, when he was drafted into a new congressional district that would put him in the primary race with a GOP lawmaker backed by Trump.

Upton, who was first elected in 1986, is co-vice president of the bipartisan problem solver caucus. Last year, Greene reportedly tried to start a caucus promoting “distinctively Anglo-Saxon political traditions”. She withdrew after criticism from within her own party.

Although Greene lost his committee assignments because of his calls for violence against fellow lawmakers, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has already promised he will take them back if the GOP regains control in November.

Watch Todd’s full conversation with Upton below:

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