Report: Marjorie Taylor Greene Harasses AOC And Accuses Her Of Supporting Terrorists
Two Washington Post reporters said they witnessed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accosting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside of the House chamber and yelling at her.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) was reportedly seen harassing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outside of the House chamber on Wednesday, accusing the Democratic lawmaker of supporting “terrorist groups” and shouting at her about environmental policy.
According to two Washington Post reporters who witnessed the incident, Greene attempted to get Ocasio-Cortez’s attention after the lawmakers left the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon. Ocasio-Cortez ignored Greene and continued walking as Greene shouted her name twice, the report said. Greene then followed Ocasio-Cortez, accusing her of supporting “terrorist groups” — referring to antifa and Black Lives Matter. Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez would not debate her on policy issues.
At one point, Greene shouted, “You don’t care about the American people.” Ocasio-Cortez eventually stopped and responded to Greene, but the two witnesses said they could not make out what she said.
“Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer,” Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson Lauren Hitt told The Post in a statement. “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff — especially as many offices are discussing reopening. One Member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene’s attacks.”
In January, Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), a fellow progressive member of The Squad with Ocasio-Cortez, moved her office away from Greene, saying at the time: “A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway.” She said she would relocate offices for her “team’s safety.”
On Thursday morning, Greene tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez was a “fraud & a hypocrite.”
“.@AOC ‘Ms. Defund The Police’ wants to call the police for security bc she’s afraid of debating with me about her socialist [Green New Deal],” Greene wrote on Twitter. “Since you lack the courage & intelligence to debate me, I’ll debate the person who really wrote it.”
A video from the House chamber shared without audio on Twitter earlier this month showed what appeared to be Ocasio-Cortez and Greene engaging in a tense discussion. Neither of the lawmakers have since commented on the video.
Ocasio-Cortez commented on the interaction on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after a CNN reporter quoted the lawmaker saying of Greene: "I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time."
During her weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested the House Ethics Committee should investigate the incident.
"This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members," Pelosi said.
This isn’t the first time Greene has publicly accosted people; before she was elected into Congress, Greene harassed David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida, video from 2019 shows. Greene followed Hogg, a gun reform activist and Harvard University student, and others with him around Capitol Hill, shouting at him.
Greene was stripped of her assignments on the House Budget and Education and Labor Committees in February. The House voted to demote her for several of her past actions, including endorsing violence against Democratic lawmakers, making anti-Semitic comments, and perpetuating baseless conspiracy theories about QAnon, election fraud, and school shootings.