Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Republican desperation is the only thing saving Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) speakership.
Johnson was elected speaker in October after former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted from the position for working with Democrats to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open last September.
Johnson has similarly drew the ire of far-right members of his conference and there are currently whispers “about whether he can hang on to his role after 2024 — if he even makes it that far,” according to Politico.
Johnson is facing a growing threat from Greene who vowed to file a motion to vacate over the Ukraine-border deal he struck with Democrats.
Not many Republicans are onboard with Greene’s plan, yet. In an interview with Politico Sunday, she said it’s because Republicans are desperate.
“I don’t think he’s safe right now,” Greene said. “The only reason he’s speaker is because our conference is so desperate.”
Johnson previously brushed off Greene’s threats to oust him as speaker, telling CNN: “I have a job to do. We all have to do our jobs. Marjorie Taylor Greene is very upset about the lack of oversight over the funding and over the lack of an articulation of a plan, as am I.”
“I’ve talked with her about it personally at great length, and she’s made her position very clear,” he continued. “We have to do our job. We have to continue to ensure that we’re covering all these bases and we’ll see how this all shakes out. I’m not worried about that. I got a job to do here. And we have to make sure we get the answers that we demanded.”