WATCH: Marjorie Taylor Greene rants to CNN reporter about 'traitor' Liz Cheney and 'self-absorbed jerks' in Congress
Marjorie Taylor Greene called Liz Cheney a "traitor" and other members of Congress "self-absorbed jerks" in the wake of the House's vote to hold Trump confidante Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a subpoena from the Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
Rep. Greene, R-Georgia, made the comments to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who caught up with her outside the Capitol and asked about a confrontation she had with Rep. Cheney, R-Wyoming, on the House floor immediately after the vote.
"What about that confrontation with Congresswoman Cheney, why did that happen?" Acosta said.
"She's a traitor," Greene responded.
"She's a traitor? How can you say that?" Acosta said.
"It's pretty easy," Greene responded, as she was walking away.
Acosta reported Saturday that he caught up with Greene a second time and asked her about the rationale behind her vote against holding Bannon in contempt.
"The rationale behind my vote is I'm not self-absorbed like the rest of these jerks here in Congress," Greene said. "They're all ignoring inflation, people can hardly buy food, gas has gone up—"
"Why call them jerks?" Acosta interjected.
"Because they're self-absorbed. All they care about is Congress. They don't care about the American people—"
"There was an attack on the Capitol—" Acosta interjected again.
"All you want to talk about is your Trump Derangement System, and all you want to talk about is Jan. 6 where there's a riot here," Greene responded.
"Why are you protecting Steve Bannon?" Acosta said.
"Because I care about American people," Greene responded.
At that point, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions interrupted the interview, asking Greene, "You doing OK? Let's get out of here."
"But not Steve Bannon," Acosta said to Greene, referring to her previous comment.
"What about all the people who are rotting in jail?" Greene responded as she was escorted away by Sessions, apparently referring to detained Capitol rioters. "Why don't you worry about them?"
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Former president Donald Trump's new media venture is "a suckers bet," according to Forbes magazine senior contributor Chuck Jones.
Trump's Truth Social platform is part of Trump Media & Technology Group, which is set to merge with Digital World Acquisition Corp.
Despite a jump this week in the stock price of Digital World, Jones notes that both are companies "with no revenue or earnings."
"We have neither engaged in any operations nor generated any revenues to date," according to Digital World's IPO prospectus.
"This can also be said of TMTG," Jones writes. "It is a business starting from ground zero with multiple hurdles in front of it. From its press release TMTG's business will be, 'create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the "Big Tech" companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.' Along with a social network, named 'TRUTH Social.' It will be a large hill to climb going against established social media companies."
He goes on to note that Trump "has a very poor track record running companies."
Trump has previously run only one publicly traded company, called Trump Entertainment Resorts, which included many of his Atlantic City casinos, the Washington Post reported this week.
"The company operated for roughly two decades, starting in 1995," the Post reported. "For Trump's investors, it was a disaster: The company lost more than $1 billion, its stock price nosedived, and it filed for bankruptcy three times, in 2004, 2009 and 2014. ... But Trump himself did well: The struggling company paid him more than $44 million in salary, bonuses and other compensation."
A Republican state senator from Oklahoma on Friday referred to Asian-American families as "yellow" and suggested that Black people were better off in 1960.
Sen. David Rader made the remarks during testimony before the Legislature from a criminal justice policy analyst, Damion Shade, about the racial wealth gap, according to a report from KFOR.
Radar told Shade that he didn't mention "yellow families" until "well into his presentation."
"You left yellow families out for quite a while," Rader said.
"You mean Asian Americans?" Shade responded.
"You use black term, white term, brown term so I was just gonna jump in there with you," Rader said.
"I was just making sure, making sure I understood," Shade said.
"Asian distraction," Rader said.
"Asian Americans," Shader responded, correcting him.
"Because their experience has been totally different than many … others that have come over," Rader said.
He then alleged that Black families were "much more intact and much more able to be together in 1960 than it was even 30 years later, 40 years later from that point on."
Rolling Stone notes that Rader's reference to "yellow families" appeared to push "the false 'model minority' myth that Asian Americans don't experience negative consequences of racism in the same way as other races," while his remarks about Black families "perpetuated the myth pushed by some Republicans that Black culture and not racist government policy is responsible for the racial wealth gap."
"The use of the term 'yellow' has an ugly and racist history," Rolling Stone reported. "The term 'Yellow Peril' was used in the 19th and 20th centuries to describe people of Asian descent as a threat to Western values and to justify xenophobic immigration policies that severely limited Asian immigration to the U.S."
In a statement to KFOR, Rader said: "I've spent my entire life as a football coach and educator, fostering opportunities for individuals of every race and background. As a legislator, I have continued this important work because I believe each and every person in our state and our country should have an opportunity to pursue the American Dream. As I've done throughout my career, I am committed to eliminating barriers that might make the pursuit of that dream more difficult."
Rep. Cyndi Munson, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Legislature, called Rader's comments "offensive" and "unacceptable."
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