GOP was warned about ‘crazy’ Marjorie Taylor Greene — but she had White House backing: report
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. (Screenshot/

On Thursday, Axios reported that House Republicans initially considered distancing themselves from Marjorie Taylor Greene while she was running for Congress and even supporting her primary opponent — but that officials in former President Donald Trump's administration gave her their blessing, forcing the GOP to back her as well.

"In a series of conversations described to Axios by sources with direct knowledge of their contents, former Rep. Mark Walker was especially vocal about the 'crazy' Greene. Reps. Liz Cheney and Steve Scalise also spoke up. But McCarthy and others ultimately did little to stop her," Axios reported.

"John Cowan, Greene's opponent in August's primary runoff for Georgia's 14th District seat, recalls separate conversations he had with McCarthy and Scalise, the House GOP whip, in which both men acknowledged Greene was a serious problem for the party," reported Jonathan Swan. "While both McCarthy and Scalise condemned Greene, and Scalise endorsed and raised money for and donated to Cowan, it wasn't enough to overcome the vocal support for Greene from Trump's then-chief of staff Mark Meadows."

Ultimately, the party did nothing to help Cowan, and Greene won the primary. She proceeded to cruise to an easy November victory in a prohibitively Republican-favoring district.

Greene, who has been given a slot on the House Education Committee by GOP leadership, has been a constant distraction and embarrassment for the party, with controversy surrounding her support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, social media posts endorsing the killing of prominent Democrats, and video footage of her harassing a Parkland school shooting survivor.