On Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) alleged that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and not Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was running the Republican caucus.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki,” host Jen Psaki asked about the deals that McCarthy had to cut in order to become the Speaker of the House, many of which are still unknown, and even questioned whether Ocasio-Cortez believed that there was someone else running the caucus.
Ocasio-Cortez in response stated that McCarthy was not the one running the caucus and that instead, she believes “Marjorie Taylor Greene (is) running the caucus.” She proceeded to argue that Greene has frequently made public statements that also suggest that to be the case. In fact, “every time something irks her, she communicates that McCarthy is doing her bidding.” In Ocasio-Cortez’s mind, this is clearly the case.
She proceeded to argue that McCarthy is currently stuck in the middle of needing to appease the “most racist and heinous elements of his party with having to maintain a majority” and that during this time he is “choosing to side with the extremists.”
Earlier this year McCarthy managed to become the Speaker of the House following 15 rounds of voting. In order to win the support of many of the conservative holdouts he had to strike a number of deals in order to get the support necessary.
On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez also questioned whether McCarthy was going to have enough votes to pass his debt limit proposal.