Democrats Panic After Speaker Johnson Meets With MTG

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( – Democrats in the House of Representatives are concerned that Republican Speaker Mike Johnson (La.) and GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) are talking.

According to reports by Axios, House Democrats are apprehensive about the possible implications of a meeting between Johnson and Greene.

The conversation between the previously warring Republicans was an attempt by Johnson to defuse Greene’s effort to remove him as Speaker.

Democrats’ concern has only heightened given the frequency of meetings between Johnson and Greene, despite the latter vowing to oust him and the party’s commitment to protect him from any of Greene’s motions.

Instead, Democrat leaders are warning Johnson of the possible repercussions should it appear he gave into Greene’s demands. One senior House Democrat insisted that Johnson should be “careful” because if it appeared he had “capitulate[d]” to Greene, Democrats may change their perception of him.

Ted Lieu, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, emphasized the vast public interest in the discussions between Greene and Johnson. Lieu suggested Johnson should be cognizant of how the pair’s hours-long meetings would be perceived by the public.

However, Johnson has denied that the discussions with Greene were “negotiations,” despite recent meetings where Greene demanded Johnson stop aid to Ukraine and Special Counsel probes. Instead, he described their ongoing meetings as part of his style as Speaker.

Yet, following Tuesday’s 90-minute long, Greene remarked that the “ball” was in Johnon’s “court,” while Johnson stated the meetings were “very productive.”

Yet Democratic skeptics, comparing the meetings with deals reached with former GOP House Speaker, insisted Greene would not be appeased with any concessions Johnson made, suggesting she would only increase demands once she got her way.

On Wednesday night, Greene pushed forward trying to oust Johnson. This effort did not go over well with her Republican peers, and she was booed. The vote to oust Johnson did not go in Greene’s favor, making Johnson safe for the time being.

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