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Marjorie Taylor Greene defiantly goes maskless on House floor, costing her nearly a third of her salary

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is standing on principle and still defying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian mask mandate on the House floor, even though it has reportedly cost her almost one-third of her Congressional salary in fines.

The conservative firebrand has been penalized at least 20 times for refusing to bend to Pelosi’s will and mask up. She has been slapped with about $50,000 in fines for her defiance of the powers-that-be in the House of Representatives. The fines are automatically deducted from her $174,000 a year salary.

The House Ethics Committee disclosed Monday additional fines that are being levied against Greene and Rep. Andrew Clyde for failing to comply with the chamber’s face mask rules. The committee cited at least four instances where Greene failed to wear a mask on the House floor since October. They cited three instances where Clyde ditched the mask.

A first offense for not wearing a mask results in a $500 fine. Each subsequent violation is a $2,500 deduction from the representative’s congressional paycheck. Neither Republican appealed any of the fines disclosed before the deadline.

Clyde reportedly upped the federal withholding level on his congressional salary earlier this year in an attempt to avoid paying the fines. His fines total more than $30,000.

Pelosi’s mask mandate is still in place for members on the House floor. It was briefly lifted for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID over the summer. The policy was re-implemented for everyone after the Delta variant appeared on the scene and started to surge. Washington, D.C. also has a citywide indoor mask mandate in place.

Greene is a notoriously outspoken critic of the mask mandate and she refuses to comply.

In October, Greene tweeted about her fines, “I have over $25,000 in mask fines bc I refuse to wear a mask in the chamber where over 80 percent of Congress is vaccinated and I’m NOT sick.”

She has also filed a lawsuit against Pelosi and is being joined by Republican Rep. Ralph Norman. They are arguing that the speaker’s mask mandate for all House members is in violation of the 27th Amendment and that the fines being issued are unconstitutional. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Last week, Greene stated she would “continue my stand on the House floor against authoritarian Democrat mandates because I don’t want the American people to stand alone.”

Greene also raised eyebrows on both sides of the political aisle following a 17-tweet post on Monday where she compared the “common ground” the Republican Party shares with the Nation of Islam.

“On my recent visit to the D.C. jail one of the things I picked up was some religious material. They had options. Christain [sic] and Islam,” she remarked. “The D.C. Jail offered Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam newspaper.”

Greene commented after reviewing the publication that “the Nation of Islam sees the use and benefit of Ivermectin” and said the group is “very angry that our media, Democrats, and Dr. Fauci have attacked the drug.”

“We have common ground there,” she continued.

“The Nation of Islam is also strongly against the [COVID-19] vaccine,” Greene added. “And the Nation of Islam is very against children being given the [COVID-19] vaccine. More common ground.”

The Nation of Islam is a black nationalistic organization and a known hate group that spouts anti-Semitic and racist sentiments.

Greene visited the D.C. jail to check in on Jan. 6 inmates. She asserts that they are being denied basic rights for refusing to take the vaccine, including haircuts, shaving abilities, and take communion.

The article also referred to black leaders who have urged people to get the vaccine as “house servants.”

“Louis Farrakhan says that forcing the vaccine is a ‘declaration of war’,” Greene commented. “I’m strongly opposed to radical Islam. But I do believe in freedom of religion guaranteed to us by our Constitution.”

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