Pelosi calls for investigation into Marjorie Taylor Greene's history of harassment after AOC attack

"This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma"

By Jon Skolnik
Published May 13, 2021 3:35PM (EDT)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was seen accosting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. on Wednesday just outside the House chamber, erroneously berating the Squad member about her support of antifa "terrorists."

As Greene and Ocasio-Cortez were leaving the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon, two Washington Post reporters saw Greene yell "Hey Alexandria" twice from behind Ocasio-Cortez, but the Democratic congresswoman did not stop walking. When Greene eventually caught up with Ocasio-Cortez, she leveled a spate of verbal attacks, accusing the Democrat of not standing by her "radical socialist" beliefs and supporting antifa, a decentralized anti-fascist group which Greene called "terrorists."

"You don't care about the American people," Greene yelled. "Why do you support terrorists and antifa?"

The New York congresswoman did not appear to respond to Greene, according to an original account from The Washington Post.  

Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement: "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."

Hitt added: "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."

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Greene's behavior may warrant an ethics investigation, calling Greene's attacks "egregious."

"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, "especially on the heels of an insurrection, on which the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened." 

Following the incident, Greene took to Twitter to again tar Ocasio-Cortez, whom she called "Ms. Defund The Police," for wanting to "call the police for security bc she's afraid of debating with me about her socialist [Green New Deal]." Greene also told reporters that Ocasio-Cortez is "a chicken."

The incident is just the latest in Greene's penchant for unprovoked verbal aggression.

Back in February, Greene hung a transphobic sign – which read "There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE" and "Trust the Science!" – outside the office of Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., who has a transgender daughter. The incident occurred just after Newman spoke in support of the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A month prior, Greene made headlines again when she aggressively confronted Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. after the Democrat encouraged her to put a mask on. The incident prompted Bush to permanently move her office. 

In a similar incident back in 2019, Greene accosted gun reform activist David Hogg, an 18-year-old victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, for helping orchestrate what she baselessly alleged was a "false flag operation."    

Republicans have yet to seriously discipline the freshman representative. Back in January, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., vowed to have a "conversation" with Greene about her behavior. The House later voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments. A number of Democratic House members have called for Greene's expulsion from Congress.


Jon Skolnik

Jon Skolnik is a staff writer at Salon. His work has appeared in Current Affairs, The Baffler, AlterNet, and The New York Daily News.

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