Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi chastised Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her “verbal assault” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and stated the Republican’s “egregious” habits could rise to the extent of an ethics violation.
Two Washington Submit reporters witnessed Greene, R-Ga., aggressively confront Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., exterior the Home chamber on Wednesday, and Pelosi stated the incident was reported to her workplace. Pelosi referred to as Greene’s conduct a “verbal assault” and “abuse of our colleague.”
“It is so past the pale of something that’s in line with bringing honor to the Home, or not bringing dishonor to the Home,” Pelosi, D-Calif., stated Thursday of Greene’s conduct. “It is so past the pale that … it most likely is a matter for the Ethics Committee.”
The Washington Submit reported that Greene referred to as out to Ocasio-Cortez as they left the Home chamber late Wednesday afternoon. When the progressive Democrat saved strolling, Greene reportedly picked up her tempo and started shouting at her about supporting Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Greene additionally introduced up her need to debate Ocasio-Cortez about her “radical socialist” beliefs, the paper stated.
“You don’t care concerning the American folks,” Greene shouted, the Submit reported. “Why do you help terrorists and Antifa?”
Ocasio-Cortez by no means stopped to speak, however at one level rotated to throw “her fingers within the air in an exasperated movement,” the paper reported. Her workplace then referred to as on Home management to take motion to make sure members are secure, particularly after Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., already moved her workplace away from Greene’s citing “security” issues following a dustup in January. (Greene says the confrontation with Bush in a hallway was the results of Bush instigating it).
“We hope management and the Sergeant at Arms will take actual steps to make Congress a secure, civil place for all Members and employees,” Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for Ocasio-Cortez, advised Fox Information.
Greene advised Fox Information she by no means screamed at Ocasio-Cortez. “That is a lie,” she stated.
In a sequence of tweets Thursday, Greene stated Ocasio-Cortez is “afraid” of debating her concerning the Inexperienced New Deal and the New York Democrat ought to be the one investigated by the Ethics Committee.
The Home already stripped Greene of her committee assignments for her previous social media feedback the place she promoted conspiracy theories and preferred posts supporting violence in opposition to Democrats.
Pelosi lamented that GOP leaders didn’t attempt to police their very own members’ conduct or set a “respectable habits customary.”
“That is beneath the dignity of an individual serving within the Congress of the US and is a trigger for trauma, and worry amongst members, particularly on the heels of an rebellion of which … [Republicans] yesterday denied ever occurred,” Pelosi stated Thursday at her weekly Capitol information convention.
Pelosi was referring to some Home Republicans attempting to whitewash the occasions of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol that left 140 cops injured within the riot and 5 folks useless, together with Officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered a stroke after defending the Capitol.
At a Home committee listening to Wednesday, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., went as far as to recommend the presence of individuals within the Capitol on Jan. 6 resembled extra of a “regular vacationer go to” slightly than an rebellion.
With out naming him instantly, Pelosi stated Thursday that such feedback have been “sick.”
She stated Greene’s conduct is simply the newest instance of poor habits.
“I may provide you with chapter and verse of many different issues that they’ve performed, that being the newest and really egregious,” Pelosi stated. “It could possibly be that this might rise to the extent of an ethics [complaint].”