WASHINGTON, D.C. – Champaign County Republican Rep. Jim Jordan backed controversial Georgia Republican Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s election to Congress with campaign cash and an endorsement calling her “exactly the kind of fighter needed in Washington to stand with me against the radical left,”
Jordan is also vocally opposing Democrats’ efforts to remove her from the committees that Republicans assigned to her upon her arrival in Congress.
Democrats have criticized Greene for expressing support for QAnon conspiracy theories, endorsing social media statements that called for executing Democratic Congress members, and questioning whether school shootings were staged, among other things. They’ve scheduled a Thursday afternoon vote on removing her from her seats on the House education and budget committees.
Republicans declined to discipline Greene after discussing it at a meeting on Wednesday night where Greene apologized for her past QAnon support.
Jordan has publicly opposed sanctions against her. In a Fox News interview, Jordan said “if this goes forward, that’s just one more blow to the First Amendment and that’s what should scare every single American.” He said Democrats should not be allowed to decide committee assignments for Republicans, and Republicans shouldn’t decide who Democrats assign to committees.
“No one is condoning the remarks that she made,” Jordan told Fox News “I’ve not heard any Republicans say that those were appropriate…. I told the Democrats, if you guys keep going down this road, keep attacking people, their First Amendment free speech rights, where does it end? It won’t stop with Republicans. It’ll go to all of us … That’s between her and her voters, which is the way it’s supposed to be in a constitutional republic where we have a democracy.”
Jordan issued an early campaign endorsement of Greene, calling her “exactly the kind of fighter needed in Washington to stand with me against the radical left.” His campaign committee gave her a $4,000 donation and a political action committee run by the House Freedom Caucus that Jordan co-founded donated more than $100,000 to Greene’s campaign treasury, according to tallies by the Center for Responsive Politics.
In a campaign ad that Jordan recorded for Greene, Jordan said the candidate would help him and then-President Donald Trump take on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “drain the swamp.”
“Marjorie Greene is 100% pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, and pro-Trump,” Jordan continued in the ad. “I’m supporting Marjorie Greene for Congress. I hope you will too.”
Greene followed up on Jordan’s remarks by saying she looked forward to winning the election and working with Jordan to support Trump, “defend our conservative values and stand up to Soros, Bloomberg, the fake news media, socialist Democrats and China.”