Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-TX) of the far right is getting the flak for saying her pay is “too low.”
This week, the Republican representative from Georgia went on the podcast of journalist Glenn Greenwald and talked about how worried she was about her $174,000-a-year congressional salary.
Marjorie Taylor Greene told Greenwald:
“Becoming a member of Congress has made my life miserable. I made a lot more money before I got here. I’ve lost money since I’ve gotten here.
“It’s not a life that I think is like something that I enjoy because I don’t enjoy it,” added Greene, who had previously owned a CrossFit affiliate gym in Georgia before being elected to Congress in 2020.
Greene also complained about how much time her congressional work takes up. She said, “The nature of this job, it keeps members of Congress and senators in Washington so much of the time, too much of the time …
that we don’t get to go home and spend more time with our families, our friends … or maybe just be regular people because this job is so demanding. It’s turned into practically year-round.”
“For those of us in the House of Representatives, we have to run for Congress every two years. So you’re practically campaigning nearly the entire time that you’re here serving as a representative.”
Online, people have reacted quickly to what Greene said.
“Feel free to step aside if it isn’t too cushy of a job for you. Millions of us won’t mind. #stopwhining,” one Twitter user wrote, tweeting at her account.
Someone else tweeted:
“Griping Greene you don’t get to serve the constitution and its people expecting to profit. Get a part time job or better yet, just quit.”
“Really? Being in Congress isn’t supposed to be about money. And I guarantee you make more per year than most of your constituents. If you don’t like the life and job, stop running for office.”
Greene, who has supported the far-right conspiracy group QAnon and said racist, antisemitic, and anti-Muslim things in the past, also told Greenwald that she had been harassed since she started working on Capitol Hill.
“I have people come up to me and say crazy things to me out of the blue in public places that they believe because they read it on the internet or saw it on some news show about me.”
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.