Freedom Caucus fracturing as pro-Trumpers turn it into an 'extreme outrage machine': report

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   Tom Boggioni (Raw Story - Celebrating Years of Independent Journalism)

Freedom Caucus fracturing as pro-Trumpers turn it into an 'extreme outrage machine': report
Leading off with a squabble that broke out between Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) at a get-together last month where the two had to be separated, Olivia Beavers is reporting that the Freedom Caucus, once dedicated to conservative causes, changed drastically under Donald Trump and now there are fears it may lose whatever influence it once had.

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According to a Politico report, there is grumbling and discord among members of the conservative Freedom Caucus that threatens to pull it apart with one former member saying it is devolving into an "extreme outrage machine" instead of attempting to influence policy and pass legislation.

Leading off with a squabble that broke out between Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) at a get-together last month where the two had to be separated, Olivia Beavers is reporting that the Freedom Caucus, once dedicated to conservative causes, changed drastically under Donald Trump and now there are fears it may lose whatever influence it once had.

"The run-in between Greene and Boebert is a microcosm of a bigger identity crisis that's starting to take hold within the Freedom Caucus," Beavers wrote. "A group founded with right-leaning policy ambition that later became a Donald Trump defense team is starting to split in important ways, from how to respond to this week's Kevin McCarthy tapes to — more fundamentally — whether to reorient itself back to its limited-government roots."

One GOP lawmaker claimed that fight between the two freshman House members is a warning sign about the group's future.

"We need to reevaluate where we're heading," Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) lamented. "I like the principles that the Freedom Caucus was founded on, but I think that if we can't work together as a group and push our ideas in a civil manner, then we're not going to be very effective."

Writing that interviews with multiple Freedom Caucus memberships. "paint a picture of a group that shapeshifted as the GOP itself realigned during Trump's presidency, becoming more populist and nationalist, but less bound by policy principles," Beavers wrote that the influx of new lawmakers like Taylor Greene, Boebert and scandal-plagued Madison Cawthorn (R-MC) has led to some longtime members considering splintering off and forming a new caucus.

"Some of its old-school founding members would prefer the group pick policy battles to push the GOP further right and consider strategic alliances with party leaders who'd prefer to train their fire on Joe Biden — rather than revert to Boehner- or even Trump-era form," Politico reports, adding, "While the Freedom Caucus doesn't publicly release its roster, it has roughly 35 active current members. That includes several lawmakers whom multiple current and former members say would have been shut out as potential chaos agents if they'd tried to join initially; often pointed to are members like Greene, Boebert and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.). In part because of those Trump acolytes' influence, some Republicans say privately that they're watching to see if the Freedom Caucus ends up becoming what it was designed to correct: a bloated GOP group that lacks cohesion."

Former member, and ex-White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney explained what ails the group.

"We were supposed to be thoughtful conservative renegades: cooperating with leadership when that best served conservative goals, and opposing leadership when that was necessary toward the same end," he stated. "We were not designed to be just obstructionists. We were not designed to be an extreme outrage machine."


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

I'd probably pay a dollar to watch Greene and Bobert mud wrestle.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago
I'd probably pay a dollar to watch Greene and Bobert mud wrestle.

How very progressive of you to view these woman as athletes and not sex objects performing in a male entertainment spectacle.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1    3 weeks ago

Dont be so woke. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

I'll give you 2 dollars to watch it.

What were they squabbling about?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    3 weeks ago

Marge said she was Trump's favorite and Lauren said, no, she was. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    3 weeks ago

www.rawstory.com   /marjorie-taylor-greene-2657236317/

Warring Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert had to be separated at GOP conference: report

Tom Boggioni 2-2 minutes   4/29/2022


According to a report from Politico's Olivia Beavers, despite all outward appearances, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are at odds with each other, with the Colorado Republican unhappy she is mentioned   in the same breath as her Georgia colleague .

In a deep dive into squabbles that are pulling apart the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, Beavers reports that at a recent conference the two had to be separated.

According to the report, "Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert look from the outside like MAGA twins, both loathed by Democrats for their incendiary right-wing rhetoric. But inside the House GOP, they’re not quite buddy-buddy."

The report notes that Boebert fits in more with the thinking of her Republican colleagues ("a team player") and she joined many of them in being furious with Greene over her appearance   at a white nationalist conference well months ago .

As Beavers wrote, " when the House Freedom Caucus board of directors gathered last month at its usual spot a few blocks from the Capitol, the two tangled over Greene’s appearance at a February event organized by a known white nationalist."

"Their confrontation grew so heated that at least one onlooker feared the Greene-Boebert back-and-forth might escalate beyond the verbal cage match had another board member not stepped in to de-escalate, according to a GOP lawmaker who was granted anonymity to describe what happened," Politico reports. "The incident was confirmed by three people connected to the Freedom Caucus, whose members largely avoided public criticism of Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) at the time and focused their discontent on the event organizer, Nick Fuentes."

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    3 weeks ago

They argued over who gave trmp the best bj

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.2    3 weeks ago

Both white trash - surprised they weren't brawling on the lawn of the Capitol or wherever!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.4    3 weeks ago
on the lawn of the Capitol

It's called America's Front Lawn.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

How about a no holds barred cage match?

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

Meanwhile Pelosi and Feinstein change their denture adhesive.

News at 11 ..........

 
 
 
Snuffy
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3  Snuffy    3 weeks ago

Is this what we have to look forward to in the future of politics?  Far-right extremists act like jack-asses and turn a good idea conservative group into a useless group of idiots?  And it's being predicted that the November elections will see more extremists from both the far right and far left winning elections,  the center is being pushed away and further reduced.  Why does it sometimes feel like that movie Idiocracy is less than entertainment (as bad as it was) and more like prophecy?

 
 
 
Dulay
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4  Dulay    3 weeks ago

They never were very effective. They were a pain from the start and always have been. 

 
 

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