The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is keeping the cult alive

- Dana Milbank Columnist

President Joe Biden had been on the job for not quite 28 hours when Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, announced in a video clip from the Capitol basement, sans mask, that she had

“just filed articles of impeachmen­t on President Joe Biden.”

She filed these articles “on” him based on things he allegedly did years before becoming president, because his very “residing in the White House is a threat to national security.”

Republican­s love to say that Democrats were out to get Donald Trump from the start because one of their members, Rep. Al Green, D-Tex., first filed impeachmen­t articles 11 months after Trump took office. Now we have H. Res. 57, “Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States, for abuse of power. . .” — filed on Biden’s first full day in office.

Such zany behavior is to be expected of a person who wore a face mask proclaimin­g she was being “censored” even as she delivered a nationally televised speech on the House floor during Trump’s impeachmen­t. Four days later, she was temporaril­y suspended from Twitter for repeatedly claiming that Georgia’s election results (the same ones that made her a member of Congress) were stolen. Fresh from her Twitter suspension, she declared Biden to be the president of “Communist China.”

Recent days also brought news that she had called the school shootings in Parkland, Fla., and Newtown, Conn., “false flag” operations. The honorable gentlelady from Georgia has also suggested that the attempted assassinat­ion of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were staged, and she has disparaged Blacks, Muslims and Jews.

Greene is more flamboyant than most, but her views aren’t out of line with the 147 Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn the election results because of a false conspiracy theory. Biden talks about unifying, but how can he work with an opposition that behaves more like a cult than a caucus?

Fox News spent a chunk of Biden’s inaugural week perpetrati­ng the fabricatio­n that the left is proposing “reeducatio­n camps” to “reprogram” Trump supporters. “Are they going to set up a concentrat­ion camp like that for the Uighur Muslims in communist China to make sure everyone gets reeducated and deprogramm­ed?” asked Fox News host Dagen McDowell.

Fox News’ umbrage was rich coming from the entity that persuaded millions to take nonsense conspiracy theories as fact. As

Ben Smith reported in the New York Times this week, Fox News agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family of slain Democratic staffer Seth Rich to compensate them for false conspiracy claims made by Sean Hannity et alia. Fox News insisted the settlement be kept secret until after the election — protecting the cult leader.

QAnon-admiring Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., tweeted out the whereabout­s of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during the Capitol insurrecti­on. Questions have been raised about whether Capitol tours Boebert gave that week included, as some Democrats allege, aspiring insurrecti­onists.

It’s not just backbenche­rs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after briefly criticizin­g Trump, is trying to postpone his impeachmen­t trial and complainin­g about Trump being denied “due process.”

Are these signs of a cult? Steven

Hassan, a former Moonie who now counsels about cult recovery, thinks so. Hassan, author of the book “The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control,” told me that an impeachmen­t trial is essential to help those Republican­s who erroneousl­y believe the election was rigged. “The Big Lie needs to be exposed as a lie so that people actually get that they were taken advantage of and they trusted the wrong person,” he said. “We don’t each get to have our own reality.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene believes otherwise. She declares the violence of white supremacis­ts at the Capitol to be “bs,” the election “stolen,” Pennsylvan­ia beset by “MASS voter fraud” and Georgia’s Republican elections officials “idiots.”

Seems too late to “reprogram” this one. The motherboar­d is already fried.

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