Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the conspiracy theory-peddling Georgia Republican, shouldn't be disqualified over her role in the January 6 insurrection, a judge said Friday in a significant legal blow to the voters and advocacy groups who tried to throw her off the ballot.
State Judge Charles Beaudrot said in a 19-page recommendation that even if it is assumed that the US Capitol riot was an insurrection, "challengers have produced insufficient evidence to show that Rep. Greene 'engaged' in that insurrection after she took the oath of office on January 3, 2021."
The recommendation was submitted to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, who accepted the decision later on Friday night and formally ruled that Greene will stay on the ballot. The anti-Greene challengers said in a statement that they'll appeal Raffensperger's decision in state courts....
Beaudrot's recommendation comes weeks after he presided over an unprecedented all-day disqualification hearing in Atlanta, where lawyers for the voters who challenged Greene's candidacy tried to connect her and her militant rhetoric to the violent attack on the Capitol.
She testified for more than three hours at the hearing, becoming the first member of Congress to answer questions under oath about January 6. She denied knowing about plans for violence and repeatedly said she couldn't remember key facts -- like what she discussed with White House officials about the transfer of power, and with whom she spoke as January 6 approached.
The congresswoman's bad behavior continues, and if you're concerned about your shins, never ask Marjorie Taylor Greene "how does the Second Amendment prevent gun violence?"
Why would she post this video where she kicks a woman? Whew. This lady is nuts. https://t.co/ng4ldhiS9S— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) September 15, 2022
Greene was re-nominated in May and will be re-elected in November. She is not "nuts," crazy, and probably not stupid. She knew enough months ago to plead amnesia in a court hearing when she conveniently was unable to remember much of anything so she'd neither be disqualified from running for office again nor subjected to possible charges of perjury.
The 44th President has been derided for several years for allegedly being nuts, crazy, or stupid. However, after Trump gained a favorable ruling on his extraordinary request for a special master- but before Aileen Cannon selected the Trump team's choice- the Washington Post's Philip Bump wrote
Trump, working with then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), pushed hard to fill vacancies on the bench (often ones held open by McConnell). He campaigned on filling those seats with ideological allies and often offered up nominees who checked two boxes: young and conservative. Then, out of office and finding himself in need of a judge’s favorable opinion, he sought out Cannon in particular. On Monday, that paid off — leaving legal observers perplexed (or worse).
Donald Trump, after running a lawless Administration and displaying authoritarian preferences, is still a free man- and his party's favorite for the 2024 presidential nomination. Marjorie Taylor Greene is the current and future United States Representative from the 14th C.D. of Georgia, making outrageous comments, toting a rifle, encouraging an insurrection, and kicking a reporter. And having the time of her life.
These people are evil. But "nuts?" Nuts to that.