War of words among congresswoman leads to Democrat's embarrassing merchandise gaffe

 May 19, 2024

A cringeworthy dust-up in the halls of Congress has led to a particularly embarrassing mishap for a Democratic lawmaker who attempted to capitalize on the situation.

As Fox News reports, Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) was called out on social media for selling t-shirts featuring a quote from her verbal tussle with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) due to the fact that her own name was misspelled on the merchandise.

War of words ensues

The controversy began on Thursday in a House hearing room when Greene and Crockett launched into a series of personal attacks on one another which were focused primarily on appearance.

Greene wondered aloud whether Crockett's “fake eyelashes” were hindering her ability to read, and in response, the Texas congresswoman fired back with some unflattering words about her colleague from Georgia.

Upon hearing Greene's comment, Ocasio-Cortez entered the fray, declaring the insults “disgusting” and “unacceptable,” saying, “How dare you attack the physical appearance of another person?”

Seeking clarification from committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) about the acceptability of certain types of statements, Crockett lobbed what was a clearly a dig at Greene, saying, “If someone on this committee then starts talking about somebody's bleach blond, bad-built, butch body, that would not be engaging in personalities, correct?”

Capitalizing on chaos

Unwilling to let a cravenly commercial opportunity go to waste, Crockett subsequently announced that she would be selling t-shirts emblazoned with the undeniably colorful jab she took at Greene as part of what she called “A Crockett Clapback Collection.”

The lawmaker wrote on X that the collection would “feature various swag that includes random things I've said. The money will go to ensuring that we have a Democratic House!”

However, there was just one very notable hitch in the plan, namely, that the first t-shirt on offer featured an embarrassing typographical error.

Outspoken conservative activist Riley Gaines was quick to poke fun at the mistake, taking to X and suggesting to Crockett, “I'd start by spelling your last name correctly,” highlighting the fact that the congresswoman's name was spelled “Crockrtt.”

Democrats' disagreement

While AOC did not hesitate to enter the battle between Greene and Crockett on Thursday night, another prominent Democrat went public with his criticism of the entire affair and the breach of decorum he says it embodied.

As The Hill reports, Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) mused, “In the past, I've described the U.S. House as The Jerry Springer Show, referencing the infamous daytime talk program from the 1990s in which participants would get into heated, profanity-filled on-stage fights.

“Today,” Fetterman humorously added, “I'm apologizing to the Jerry Springer Show.”

Ocasio-Cortez, perhaps feeling compelled to defend her own involvement in the shameful display, responded to Fetterman on X, writing, “I understand you likely would not have stood up for your colleague and seem to be confused about racism and misogyny being a 'both sides' issue,” but given the mortifying spectacle of last week, the senator from Pennsylvania has emerged as the voice of reason in an otherwise regrettable episode.

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