Democrats accuse Marjorie Taylor Greene of ‘verbal and physical assault’
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has had multiple altercations with her democratic colleagues in the House, accusing them of “verbal and physical assault.”
Greene recently challenged New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a public debate on climate change and the merits of Ocasio-Cortez’s signature “Green New Deal.” After a floor vote on Wednesday Greene chased down and confronted Ocasio-Cortez demanding to know why she won’t agree to the debate.
“She’s a coward, and she’s a fraud. And she’s a fake. If she can’t come out and defend her policy, the Green New Deal, in the chamber where we debate things, on C-SPAN, which everyone can watch,” Greene said on Thursday referencing Ocasio-Cortez’s reluctance to debate her.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Greene calling her “deeply unwell.”
“Her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “At this point, I think the depth of that un-wellness has raised concerns for other members as well, and I think that this is an assessment that needs to be made by the proper professionals.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Greene’s behavior “a verbal assault and real abuse of our colleague, AOC.” Pelosi urged the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Greene’s actions on Thursday.
“I think the Ethics Committee should look into Nancy Pelosi and why she didn’t have National Guard here on Jan. 6, when she knew ahead of time. How about that?” Greene fired back.
Greene claims she’s the victim of incivility on the part of House Democrats. Recalling an incident involving California Representative Eric Swalwell and one of her staffers.
“My staffer nicely says to him, ‘Congressman, you don’t have to wear your mask anymore.’ Because of what Biden said yesterday,” Greene told reporters. “He chases my staffer inside. Everybody saw it, and [Swalwell] gets in his face, curses at him saying, ‘You don’t tell me what to do.’”
Greene also says Missouri Representative Cori Bush “verbally assaulted” her.
“[She] attacked me in the tunnel, screaming at me —screaming. I never said a word. She goes by screaming at me to put on a mask,” Greene recalled. “That’s a verbal assault.”
In February, Greene got into a Twitter feud with her office neighbor, Democratic Rep. Marie Newman, after Newman put up a transgender flag outside her office in a video directly calling out Greene for her opposition to the Equality Act.
“Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.” Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag, so she can look at it every time she opens her door,” the post said.
In the video, Newman is seen smirking and dusting off her hands after putting up the transgender flag outside her office door for Greene and anyone else who walks by to see.
Greene responded by putting up a large sign outside of her office that says: “There are two genders: Male and Female ‘Trust The Science!'” She also shared her own video mocking Newman’s.
Greene also responded on Twitter to a speech Newman gave where she invoked her transgender child and called for the passing of the Equality Act.
“Your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.” Green wrote.
Greene accused Newman of “shoulder checking her” in the halls of Congress, an accusation that Newman denies.
“She hit my shoulder. I said, ‘Excuse me.’ She said nothing back and kept going out the door. That’s a physical assault,” Greene said about the incident.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called Greene’s behavior “a verbal assault and real abuse of our colleague, AOC.” The California Democrat urged the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Greene’s actions.
Greene responded that Pelosi should be the one the committee investigates.