Reporters noticed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) trailing and shouting after Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez within the House this week, but it surely was hardly the primary time she had tried getting within the New York congresswoman’s face.
Greene filmed a go to she made to Ocasio-Cortez’s places of work on Capitol Hill in February 2019, CNN’s KFile reported Friday. KFile additionally posted a copy of the video to YouTube after it was deleted from Facebook.
In the video, Greene and a number of other others wander round Capitol Hill and ask the place to seek out the congresswoman’s workplace. Once there, they see that the door is locked, in order that they resort to shouting by way of a brass mail slot and drawing within the congresswoman’s visitor e-book. It is unclear whether or not the congresswoman, whose title Greene mispronounces, was really in her workplace.
“I do not support your socialist policies, and I do not support your murderous abortion policies,” Greene, who was a businesswoman on the time, says within the video.
“You need to stop being a baby, and locking your door, and come out and face the American citizens that you serve,” she says. “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.”
Less than 4 months later, Greene threw her hat into the ring to signify Georgia’s sixth Congressional District.
The video additionally exhibits a person in a learn hat approaching the mail slot and speaking by way of it.
“Tag, you’re it! … Can you come out and play?” he says, earlier than laughing and turning away.
Greene is then seen drawing then-President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in Ocasio-Cortez’s visitor e-book. Alongside her is Anthony Aguero, a conservative activist who took half within the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
Ocasio-Cortez represents New York’s 14th District, which incorporates components of the Bronx and Queens in New York City. She has been a goal of demise threats and harassment from far-right members of the Republican Party since being elected in 2018.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the newly unearthed video over Twitter, writing that if “the shoe were on the other foot” and he or she have been filmed roaming Congress with pals who later participated within the Capitol rebellion, “the GOP would be calling for my expulsion.”
“The fact that Kevin McCarthy, the House @GOPleader, stripped Justin Amash of all committee seats for criticizing Trump, but has worked to protect this person from consequences (including pretending he doesn’t see it) tells you this is happening with the support of GOP leadership,” she wrote.
Former Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan quit the Republican Party in 2019 after a really public feud with GOP management over Trump and his insurance policies.
Separately, Ocasio-Cortez advised NBC reporter Julie Tsirkin that Greene “needs some help” from a “proper professional.”
Although voters booted Trump from the White House, the previous president continues to carry a agency grasp over the GOP. House Republicans voted this week to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — who has refused to associate with Trump’s lies in regards to the 2020 election being stolen — from her management place. They changed her Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who Trump had endorsed for the No. 3 spot.
Greene, who was sworn into workplace in January, has been repeatedly criticized for habits not befitting a member of Congress, together with previous violent and antisemitic feedback and sustained assist for conspiracy theories. She has spoken out in assist of QAnon, the conspiracy idea that means an elite pedophile ring is controlling the nation however could possibly be stopped by Trump.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met together with her for around 90 minutes in early February, shortly earlier than House Democrats led a vote to strip Greene of her committee assignments and shortly after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell supplied veiled criticism of her “loony lies.”
The video unearthed by CNN this week is just like one Greene posted to her Facebook web page in March 2019. In it, she harasses teen gun management activist David Hogg on a road in Washington, D.C.
Hogg turned an activist after a gunman killed 17 individuals at his college in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018. In her video, Greene might be seen yelling questions on the teen as he ignores her and continues strolling.
Late Wednesday afternoon, two Washington Post reporters noticed Greene following after Ocasio-Cortez as she left the House chamber. The Georgia Republican reportedly shouted at her colleague and accused her of supporting “terrorists,” a time period apparently utilized in reference to anti-racism activists.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to as Greene’s habits “egregious” and mentioned Thursday that the incident would possibly rise to the extent of a House ethics grievance.
Greene has been attempting to schedule a public debate between herself and Ocasio-Cortez to debate the Green New Deal, a progressive proposal to battle local weather change whereas offering jobs within the U.S. Last month, Greene boasted that she had read “all 14 pages” of the proposal.
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