Is Marjorie Taylor Greene's escalating feud with Lauren Boebert a warning for the GOP?

More than just a war of personalities, the growing schism represents a bigger problem for a Republican party struggling to find balance

Marjorie Taylor Greene / Lauren Boebert
Marjorie Taylor Greene / Lauren Boebert
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When Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) burst into the national consciousness during the run-up to the 2020 elections, the pair were frequently lumped together as dual avatars of the most extreme elements of former President Donald Trump's MAGA movement; both have documented histories of overt antisemitism, hyper-militarization, casual Islamophobia, and Qanon-tinged conspiracy-mongering. It's understandable, then, that some would cast the pair as a unified front at the vanguard of the incoming Republican congressional class.

Three years later, that front has not only cracked, but shattered completely. Longstanding tensions between Boebert and Greene burst into full public view last month in a vulgar shouting match between the two on the House floor ("She has genuinely been a nasty little bitch to me," Greene later explained to Semafor) from which neither woman has backed down. But no matter the personal animosity that exists between these lawmakers, now both in their second terms, is there more to their volatile schism than their particular dislike of one another — particularly as fellow Republicans this week told The Daily Beast that the rift is "even worse than most people think"?

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Rafi Schwartz, The Week US

Rafi Schwartz has worked as a politics writer at The Week since 2022, where he covers elections, Congress and the White House. He was previously a contributing writer with Mic focusing largely on politics, a senior writer with Splinter News, a staff writer for Fusion's news lab, and the managing editor of Heeb Magazine, a Jewish life and culture publication. Rafi's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GOOD and The Forward, among others.