Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, targeted GOP senators after a bipartisan agreement on gun reform legislation was announced Sunday.
Ten Republicans in the Senate and 10 Democrats in the Senate negotiated and agreed to a bipartisan legislation that would be Congress’ largest effort to address the national issue of mass shootings and gun violence in years. Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and President Joe Biden welcomed the deal, which is expected to pass if all 10 Republicans ultimately vote in favor.
Hours after the news broke, Greene took to Twitter to attack Senate Republicans, apparently for their willingness to work with Democrats to pass legislation.
“Senate Republicans are all wrong in the GOP. Too many of them have helped Joe Biden make his America Last agenda even more than the Progressive Democrats in the House,” the Georgia Republican, who is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, complained.
“The Republican Party needs a drastic identity change for America to survive. Otherwise, the GOP won’t,” Greene added.
On Gettr, Greene posted a video of her assaulting Senate Republicans with guns, and specifically South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham has long been seen as a Trump ally, but has recently been criticized by the former president and his supporters. The South Carolina legislature is one of the Republican senators who support the two-party arms reform agreement.
“BREAKING NEWS: Lindsey Graham joins Democrats to sell you gun rights,” Greene captioned the video she uploaded to Gettr Saturday afternoon.
In the clip, Greene said Graham was “ready to violate due process” by supporting the “red flag”-related provisions in the bipartisan agreement. “This is everything that is wrong with Republicans in the Republican Party,” she said.
Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, also convened the Senate’s 10 Republicans. “Hey Siri, show me a list of Senate RINOS,” she wrote on Twitter, retweeting a list of the GOP senators who supported the bipartisan deal.
Negotiations between Republican and Democratic senators began after the May 24 mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 young students and two teachers. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said on May 26 that he was “hopeful” that a two-pronged solution could be reached. He said he had commissioned Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn to lead the negotiations for his side of the aisle.
The discussions were led by Cornyn and GOP Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, along with Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
In addition to the chief negotiators, the following Senators signed the bipartisan package: Senators Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine; Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia; Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana; Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat; Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico; Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat in Connecticut; Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina; Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania; Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri; Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey; Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina; Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat; Angus King, a Maine independent who consults with Democrats; Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican; Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah; and Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan.
news week reached out to spokespersons for Cornyn and Tillis for comment on criticism from GOP representatives.
In addition to multiple provisions, the bipartisan agreement includes financial support for state “red flag” laws that aim to keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals. It also includes stricter criminal background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, requiring their juvenile criminal records to be checked.
The lawmakers also included crackdowns on so-called “straw purchases” by people who bought guns for friends or relatives who failed a background check. In addition, there is a proposal to expand mental health care.
“I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and the bipartisan group for their gun security proposal. It doesn’t do everything I think it needs to, but it reflects important steps in the right direction,” Biden tweeted on Sunday. “With bipartisan support, there are no excuses for delay. Let’s get this done,” he added.
Romney released a statement explaining his support for the deal. “Our plan saves lives while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. We look forward to gaining broad, bipartisan support and enacting our common sense proposal,” the Utah Republican said.
Cassidy claimed that the deal preserves the right of Americans to own guns and a fair trial.
“I participated in these negotiations to ensure that each agreement addresses illegal gun violence while upholding due process and protecting the law-abiding 2nd amendment rights of Americans. This agreement upholds that commitment,” the Louisiana Republican claimed in a tweet .