Judge Rules Group of Georgia Voters Can Proceed With Case to Disqualify Marjorie Taylor Greene From Office

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A coalition of Georgia voters, in late March, filed a legal challenge arguing that Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene does not meet the federal constitutional requirements for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is therefore ineligible to be a candidate for such office.


The legal challenge stems from Greene’s alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The group of voters, represented by Free Speech for People (how ironic), argue in the complaint that “Greene repeatedly advocated for political violence, up to and including, her encouragement of insurrectionists on January 6.” (At this point I’m simply reporting; the skewering comes at the end.)

A federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Monday refused to grant a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order filed by Greene that would have delayed action in the case, as reported by The New York Times.

Judge Amy Totenberg, an Obama appointee (who knew?) wrote that Greene had not met her “burden of persuasion” in her request for an injunction. As transcribed by Newsweek:

This case involves a whirlpool of colliding constitutional interests of public import. The novelty of the factual and historical posture of this case—especially when assessed in the context of a preliminary injunction motion reviewed on a fast track—has made resolution of the complex legal issues at stake here particularly demanding.

Greene’s attorney, of course, disagreed with the judge. Via The Times:

James Bopp Jr., a lawyer for Ms. Greene, said on Monday night that the ruling was flawed and minimized the adverse effect that the disqualification effort was having on Ms. Greene’s right to run for office.

“This is fundamentally antidemocratic,” Mr. Bopp said, maintaining that Ms. Greene had “publicly and vigorously condemned the attack on the Capitol.”

He called the effort to remove her from the ballot part of a well-funded nationwide effort to strip voters of their right to vote for candidates of their choice, with elections determined by “bureaucrats, judges, lawyers and clever legal arguments.”


Greene argued in her motion that it would not be possible to fully resolve the case before Georgia’s primary elections on May 24. Absentee ballot mailings will begin on April 25, the motion said.

Ron Fein, the legal director for Free Speech for People, lauded the ruling in an email to The Times:

Judge Totenberg’s well-reasoned opinion explains why the Georgia voters who filed this challenge against Greene have the right to have their challenge heard, and why none of Greene’s objections to the Georgia state challenge have any merit,” Mr. Fein said.

“At the hearing on Friday, we look forward to questioning Greene under oath about her involvement in the events of Jan. 6, and to demonstrating how her facilitation of the insurrection disqualifies her from public office under the United States Constitution.

Greene has repeatedly defended the events of January 6, arguing — among other reasons — that the riot was in line with the Declaration of Independence, as reported by The Washington Post in October 2021.

If you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says to overthrow tyrants. If past is prologue, we shouldn’t be surprised if this catches on.

She compared Jan 6. to the months of violent riots (see: “peaceful protests”) that rocked American cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.


The racial-justice protest violence “was an attack on innocent American people, whereas January 6th was just a riot at the Capitol,” she said. “And if you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says to overthrow tyrants.

Greene added: “So there’s a clear difference between January 6th and the Marxist-communist revolution that Antifa, BLM, [and] Democrat ground troops waged on the American people in 2020.”

She also charged that media outlets “would do anything to cause someone like me to be killed.”

So what exactly was Greene’s alleged involvement on January 6? I don’t know; I wasn’t there.

But I do know that Greene later claimed she was “very upset” that the pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol, as reported by Forbes on January 6 of this year, the second anniversary of the riot.

Right-wing firebrand [Notice how the so-called “mainstream” media never refers to leftists as “left-wing firebrands”?] Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Thursday she was “very upset” a Trump-supporting mob invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, claiming the rioters — inspired by false claims of widespread election fraud — ended up killing Republican plans to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.


Yet again, Greene also compared the breach to the Declaration of Independence and “overthrowing tyrants,” about which she wasn’t “very upset.” Revisionist history? Objectively speaking, of course.

The bottom line:

Unlike multitudes of political pundits and social media keyboard warriors alike, I do not profess to “know everything about everything,” and therefore I tend to refrain from making predictions about “everything,” thus avoiding the inevitable retraction (or bush-league refusal to retract), but I do know this:

The TDS-riddled left will never stop litigating January 6; least of all not before this year’s midterms, which poll after poll suggests will be a total dumpster fire for Congressional Democrats. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Donald Trump himself have been and will continue to be the obvious targets.

Having said “all of the above,” I will predict this, come 2024: We’re going to need a lot of popcorn.

Related on RedState:

WATCH: Liz Cheney Dumps on Trump Over Executive Privilege Claim, Marjorie Taylor Greene Buries Her

The GOP Response to the Lies of Adam Schiff and the January 6 Commission Doesn’t Give Anyone Much of a Reason to Vote for Them

If You Think Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Expulsion From House Committees Is the End You Are Sadly Mistaken



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