The GOP’s dismaying embrace of fringe politicians

To measure how far and how fast the Republican Party has been overtaken by its fringe elements, compare the cases of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Steve King (R-Iowa).

Greene arrived in Congress last month, instantly infamous for her embrace of QAnon and other conspiracy theories. So far she has been accommodated — and even encouraged — by party leadership. King, meanwhile, just departed Congress after 18 years, turned out by voters two years after Republicans made him a pariah and stripped him of his committee assignments for defending white nationalism to The New York Times.

Looking at Greene, you have to wonder if King would still be serving if the incident had happened today.


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