Her loans were forgiven by Biden administration
On December 1, Georgia's most outspoken and controversial Republican - Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene - took to Twitter to express her outrage at remarks made about her by California Democrat Maxine Waters over MTG having accepted government bailout loans in the past to keep her businesses afloat.
The criticism from Waters stems from the Georgia Republican having accepted bailout loans from the federal government as part of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) which was introduced to keep businesses afloat during shutdowns in 2020.
According to a bitter and angry post on Twitter, MTG appears to feel that Waters has no place criticizing her due to being in some way out of touch due to her age and length of service.
As the Georgia Republican put it:
"Maxine Waters is attacking me for taking a PPP loan (like so many had to), before I was a member of congress, when the tyrannical government shut us all down. Maxine is 85 yrs old and has held government office since 1976!!! She has no idea what it’s like to meet payroll and keep a business running."
It's not the first time that Taylor-Greene and Waters have clashed. Two years ago, MTG attempted one of her typical moves on the California Democrat and attempted to have her expelled from Congress over allegations that she was inciting violence as part of protests that occurred around that time.
MTG criticized for taking help (but denying help to others)
The business she operated with her former husband - Taylor Commercial Inc. - accepted a $183,504 loan when the scheme was introduced by the one-term former president Donald Trump in 2020.
The loan was subsequently written-off and never repaid, something that was called-out by members of the Biden administration in July of this year around the same time that MTG was grappling with the federal government about proposals to write-off some student debt.
As Biden and Taylor-Greene clashed over proposals to cancel student loan debt, the federal Education Secretary - Miguel Cardona - called out MTG and other Republicans who were also revealed to be recipients of large government bailouts that have subsequently been forgiven. Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma had $1.4 million in loans forgiven by the government - a figure that makes that owed by MTG of Georgia look relatively trivial.
It would seem, judging by Taylor-Greene's reaction in July, and more recently when criticized by Maxine Waters, that she feels uneasy about being identified as taking government loans, especially since she didn't pay them back.
Taylor-Greene on the fundraising trail
Regarding whether Marjorie Taylor-Greene could afford to pay the loans back, or whether she was just happy to accept the money from the federal government, well that remains unclear.
In recent weeks however, she appears to have gone into overdrive in her attempts to make money aside from the salary she receives for her role in Congress. Since her book 'MTG' was published on November 21, she has been actively promoting the book, appearing in interviews where she could get them, and reveling in the attention she's been getting.
Last week, she also tweeted the details of her latest fundraiser - Joe Biden 'Grinch Who Stole the Election' Christmas merchandise. Whether she's just trying to gain attention, or she actually needs the money is unclear.
Do you think that Georgia's Marjorie Taylor-Greene is more focused on building her profile or serving the people of Georgia? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.