House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-CA) argument with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Wednesday a “verbal assault.”
Pelosi also suggested Greene’s actions should be brought to the House Ethics Committee.
The House speaker condemned Greene over an incident during which she reportedly shouted at Ocasio-Cortez as she left the House chamber. Greene reportedly asked Ocasio-Cortez why she supported antifa and Black Lives Matter, calling the movements terrorist groups.
The Georgia congresswoman also challenged her about refusing an earlier debate on the Green New Deal.
A Matter for the Ethics Committee?
Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “so beyond the pale” that, “It probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee.” She added that Greene’s remarks were also “a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection.”
Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson Lauren Hitt told the Washington Post following the reported incident, “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff.”
Greene insisted Thursday that she has every right to expect that a fellow House member would debate important issues.
“Why would a member of Congress need security to debate with another member? That doesn’t make sense,” said the Georgia lawmaker, according to NY Daily News.
Greene also shrugged off the possibility of facing an ethics investigation.
Not their First Rodeo
The feud is not the first time the two lawmakers have been in battle. A September 2020 Twitter post reveals one of many earlier online smears between the two vocal House members.
Don’t worry Mrs. Greene, I completely understand why you need to swing + miss at my intellect to make yourself feel better.
You seem to have some trouble spelling your own insults correctly.
Next time try “single-handedly,” it’ll work better.
Good luck writing legislation! https://t.co/y33JXVfxDc
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 21, 2020
And the Twitterfeud does not seem to be ending soon. Greene’s latest tweet doesn’t mention AOC by name, but clearly calls out her recent actions.
.@AOC if you want to be a role model for young women then stop acting like a hate America communist supporting terrorists that want to kill people and destroy our freedoms.
Stop supporting policies that kill jobs, destroy their future, and encourage women to kill their babies.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 14, 2021