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‘You hate Trump’: rep. Greene attacks colleague Roy over no vote on Tlaib measure

By Jake Beardslee · November 3, 2023

In brief…

  • Roy voted against Greene's resolution to censure Tlaib for criticism of Israel's military campaign in Gaza
  • Greene accused Roy of protecting Tlaib and opposing Trump after Roy cited flaws in censure text
  • Dispute highlights divisions among House Republicans after Greene's ouster from Freedom Caucus
In a heated exchange, Rep. Chip Roy rebuffed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's criticism of his vote against her resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib over the Democrat's condemnation of Israeli military action in Gaza.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged heated words on Thursday after Roy voted against Greene’s resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for her criticism of Israel’s military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

Roy was one of 23 Republicans who joined all House Democrats to block Greene’s censure resolution from reaching the floor in a 226-186 vote on Wednesday. Greene accused Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of Congress, of “antisemitic activity” and “leading an insurrection” for participating in an anti-war protest at the Capitol last month calling for a cease-fire.

After the vote, Greene criticized Roy’s explanation that the censure text contained “legally and factually unverified claims.” She also stated, “you hate Trump, certified Biden’s election, and could care less about J6 defendants being persecuted.”

In response, Roy told The Hill, “Tell her to go chase so-called Jewish space lasers if she wants to spend time on that sort of thing.” He was referencing a 2018 social media post by Greene in which she suggested California wildfires could have been caused by laser beams controlled by a wealthy Jewish family.

Greene shot back on Thursday, calling Roy “Colonel Sanders” and questioning his Texas roots. She touted the “Unity Party” and said Roy would “never hold anyone accountable.” Greene was removed from the conservative House Freedom Caucus in July after repeated intraparty attacks.

The war of words highlights divisions among House Republicans. Greene has opposed the hardline tactics of Freedom Caucus members who orchestrated her ouster and criticized fellow Trump supporter Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).