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Outspoken MAGA firebrand and Christian nationalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) — who unleashed a litany of falsehoods, including the Big Lie, at a GOP gala — is headed for splitsville after her husband of 27 years filed for divorce on Wednesday, citing an “irretrievably broken” marriage.
\u201cMarjorie Taylor Greene's husband, Perry, has filed for a divorce from the congresswoman. "The marriage between the Petitioner and the Respondent is irretrievably broken."\u201d— Charles Bethea (@Charles Bethea) 1664411639
The divorce petition — filed in Georgia Superior Court of Floyd County and reported by multiple news outlets — stated that Rep. Greene and her husband, Perry Greene, had been “previously separated and remain in a bona fide state of separation.”
Perry Greene, who initiated the split, asked for an “equitable division” of the couple’s assets and debt and that forthcoming filings pertaining to the divorce be sealed as the "sensitive personal and financial information” unveiled in the case “would negatively impact the parties’ privacy interests,” according to The Hill.
“The Court should allow all filings to be made under seal in this case because the parties’ significant privacy interest in sealing the records outweighs the public’s minuscule interest in access to said records,” the motion read, per Bloomberg.
The Hill noted in its report that Rep. Greene had signed a document in the court docket affirming receipt of her husband’s divorce filing.
Requesting privacy while the divorce proceedings are sorted out, Rep. Greene issued a statement to news outlets extolling her estranged husband:
“Marriage is a wonderful thing, and I’m a firm believer in it. Our society is formed by a husband and wife creating a family to nurture and protect,” Rep. Greene told Fox News. “Our society is formed by a husband and wife creating a family to nurture and protect. Together, Perry and I formed our family and raised three great kids. He gave me the best job title you can ever earn: Mom. I’ll always be grateful for how great of a dad he is to our children,” she added.
Rep. Greene’s representatives released a statement on Perry Greene’s behalf calling the congresswoman an “amazing mom” and his “best friend.”
“Our family is our most important thing we have done. As we go on different paths we will continue to focus on our 3 incredible kids and their future endeavors and our friendship," Perry Greene said.
The Greene marriage was rocked by reports last year of an affair allegedly between Rep. Greene and a polyamorous sex guru and, later a hookup with a local gym manager, as well as others — allegations of infidelity that the congresswoman declined to comment upon.
According to the Daily Mail, Rep. Greene herself reportedly sought a divorce in July 2012, citing the familiar “irretrievably broken” marriage as grounds for the split.
Greene's rise to right-wing prominence and election to congress came after years of spreading Q-Anon conspiracy theories and baseless allegations, one of which is the heinous allegation that the Parkland high school shooting was a “false flag” event.
The Trump-endorsed Republican also expressed support in 2018 and 2019 for the execution of Democrats, liking a comment that called for “a bullet in the head” to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CNN reported in January 2021.
Rep. Greene’s first term has been devoid of committee assignments, but the polarizing Republican has been in several feuds with her House colleagues and downplayed the gravity of the Capitol attack, referring to January 6, 2021, as “ one day with like a three-hour riot” in an unhinged speech at the Wake County GOP’s “Roaring ‘20s” gala last week.
Appearing behind closed doors in person for four hours with investigators from the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, far right-wing activist and lobbyist Ginni Thomas reiterated her false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, calling it a “heist.” Thomas also insisted she has never discussed her work to overturn the election results with her husband, the person she publicly refers to as her “best friend,” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has resisted calls to recuse himself from any cases surrounding the January 6 insurrection.
The 2020 president election was not stolen, there has never been any proof to support that false contention, more than 60 court cases claiming fraud brought by the Trump team or their supporters have been thrown out or lost, and even Donald Trump’s own Attorney General and Dept. of Homeland Security officials have said there was no significant fraud, with the later issuing a statement that reads: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
And yet, despite mountains of evidence President Joe Biden won the election, despite the election being certified with him winning 81,268,924 votes against Trump’s 74,216,154 votes – a margin of more than seven million -- and despite him winning the Electoral College 306 to 232, Ginni Thomas for hours on Thursday insisted Donald Trump was the rightful president.
“During her interview, Ms. Thomas, who goes by Ginni, repeated her assertion that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald J. Trump," the New York Times reports, citing remarks made by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS). The Times called it “a belief she insisted upon in late 2020 as she pressured state legislators and the White House chief of staff to do more to try to invalidate the results.”
And yet to reporters, Thomas’ attorney called her actions merely “minimal and mainstream activity focused on ensuring that reports of fraud and irregularities were investigated.”
“Beyond that, she played no role in any events after the 2020 election results,” he added, despite press reports that Thomas held a months-long text message exchange with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to find a way to overturn the election.
“As she wrote in a text to Mark Meadows at the time, she also condemned the violence on January 6, as she abhors violence on any side of the aisle.”
“Ms. Thomas,” the Times adds, “exchanged text messages with Mr. Meadows, the White House chief of staff, in which she urged him to challenge Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the 2020 election, which she called a ‘heist,’ and indicated that she had reached out to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, about Mr. Trump’s efforts to use the courts to keep himself in power. She even suggested the lawyer who should be put in charge of that effort.”
Contrary to earlier reports Thomas did appear in person, but refused to answer reporters’ questions.
NEW: Ginni Thomas met with Jan 6 committee IN PERSON. She did not answer my questions pic.twitter.com/5z6pypr0S9
— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) September 29, 2022
Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
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