Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Fiery Republican From the United States, Is Facing an ‘insurrectionist’ Challenge!
A group of voters is attempting to remove Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from the voting box in a Georgia court on Friday, claiming a post-Civil War statute aimed at preventing insurrectionists from serving in office.
The voters claimed that Greene, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, had broken the “Insurrectionist Disqualification Clause” of the United States Constitution in a new legal challenge filed with the Georgia secretary of state’s office.
The clause, enacted in the aftermath of the American Civil War in the 1860s, bars politicians from running for Congress if they have participated in “insurrection or rebellion” or “provided aid or comfort” to the country’s adversaries.
Greene is running for re-election this year, with a Republican primary set for May 24 and a general election set for November 8.
During media interviews, Greene has minimized and defended Trump supporters’ failed attempt to prevent legislative certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory on January 6, 2021.
Greene claimed earlier this month that Democrats and media had pushed for an “over-dramatization” of the events of that day.
A group called Free Speech for People, which works for campaign funding reform is spearheading the voter challenge. On March 4, a federal judge in North Carolina dismissed a similar case brought by the same group against Republican U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn.
Free Speech for People stated, “This hearing is about more than Marjorie Taylor Greene.” “This is about guaranteeing that any elected person who swears to defend our Constitution and then engages in insurgency is permanently disqualified from holding public office.”
On Wednesday, Greene of the conservative news organization Newsmax refuted that assertion.
Greene stated, “I can’t believe this court hasn’t thrown this case out and viewed this case for what it is: nothing more than a massive, sponsored hoax by the Democrats to control our elections.”
At 9:30 a.m. ET, an administrative judge in Atlanta, Charles Beaudrot, will begin the hearing (1330 GMT). It’s unclear whether Beaudrot will make a decision in the case on Friday.
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During Friday’s session, Greene is set to testify under oath, arguing that removing her from the ballot would be unjust to both her and the conservative voters in her district.
Greene is anticipated to challenge any decision against her, and she has already filed a parallel lawsuit in federal court in the United States to stop the administrative proceeding.
Greene’s lawyers said in a recent court filing that she “vigorously rejects” assisting and engaging in insurgency to hinder the peaceful transfer of presidential power.
Judge Amy Totenberg of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia determined on Monday that the challenge to Greene’s fitness for office can proceed. Greene has urged a federal appeals court to overturn that decision and put a stop to the case.
On April 25, absentee ballots will begin to be mailed.