MTG warns of "weaponized government"
On March 17, it emerged that the one-term former president Donald Trump is likely to be arrested on Tuesday March 21. In a ranting post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump ranted about the injustices that will lead to him being the first former president to be arrested as part of a federal inquiry.
Reacting to the news, Georgia's most divisive and outspoken Republican, and rumored running mate for Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election - Marjorie Taylor-Greene - took to Twitter to express her disgust.
In her rant, she suggested that not only would the unjust arrest serve to give Trump an even more convincing victory in 2024, but it would also help to expose those Republicans who have strayed from Trump's side and whose support has wavered.
MTG had a stark warning for Americans everywhere, as she assessed the long term prognosis for a nation where a former president could be indicted for his past-actions:
"...any Republican who thinks the Democrats will stop this madness once Trump is out of the way is fooling themselves. Weaponized Government and Political Persecution are new chapters in their playbook and they will use those methods against anyone who stands in their way."
MTG calls for the defunding of the Department of Justice
Aside from the outrage expressed by Taylor-Greene over the treatment of her political idol Trump, she resorted to another of her typical responses - she called for the defunding of the Department of Justice. This is the federal body that's currently pursuing Trump for his arrest and prosecution.
Earlier this year, MTG had called for the defunding of the Special Counsel that was investigating Trump for his alleged involvement in the January 6 Insurrection. On that occasion, her call for defunding was clearly unsuccessful given that the one-term former president is now expecting to be addressed.
Ever since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and appointed Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, they have lodged numerous separate bills intended to defund various federal bodies. After McCarthy was appointed, the House voted in favor of defunding the IRS to prevent them from recruiting a proposed 87,000 additional agents.
Since then, other bodies have come under Republican scrutiny. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida - a former friend and ally of Taylor-Greene has repeatedly called for the defunding of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their supposed infringement upon second amendment gun ownership rights.
While such bills are good for catching headlines and gaining publicity for the sponsors of such legislation, they seldom seem to amount to meaningful change.
If Trump ends up getting arrested on March 21, it seems likely that Taylor-Greene and various other of the more vocal Republicans in the party will have plenty to say on the matter. What the lasting effects of his arrest will be on cohesiveness of the party and on Trump's future, remains to be seen.
Do you believe that Marjorie Taylor-Greene should be more focused on representing the people of Georgia who nominated her, than on building her political career and reputation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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