Rep. Jamie Raskin was not having Marjorie Taylor Greene's random commie-baiting during Tuesday's House debate on referring Mark Meadows for criminal contempt of Congress charges, instead reminding her about who actually pals around with them.
Greene likes to refer to Democrats as "communists" for no apparent reason beyond the John Birch Society penchant for mislabeling anyone who isn't as reactionary and authoritarian as they are, and she did so again just a few minutes before Raskin stepped up to the mic.
He wasted no time:
Mr. Speaker, hundreds of people have come forward to testify about the violent and dangerous events of January 6. It's just a handful of people like Mr. Bannon and Mr. Meadows who think they are above the law. We are not a banana republic because we hold everybody to equality under the law. And we are not communists as the gentlelady from Georgia suggested. That's just the friends of the former president who you lionized like the dictator of North Korea who he loves and Vladimir Putin who said that the greatest tragedy of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Those are your friends. Don't put them on our side.
Raskin was right on the money with that one.
And Twitter is all over it:
The new epithet from the right for Democrats is "communist." I'm old enough to remember ridiculing Birchers back in the day for calling everyone communists without the first clue about what they were even saying, or why. I used to introduce myself to them as a pinko commie sympathizer just to get a rise out of them because they were that horrible. Marjorie Taylor Greene is just a pale clone of the True Believers of the last century. She uses the word because Her Hero uses it, and neither of them have a clue what it even means. Nor do they care.
Everything old is new again.