Perhaps Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was confused and thought she was back in a high school hallway yesterday when she aggressively chased after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and began shouting at her as she exited the House floor. This is the latest in a string of confrontational encounters the QAnon-embracing freshman lawmaker has initiated against her colleagues and prompted the New York congresswoman’s office to call on leadership to do more to ensure the safety of Members of Congress and their staff.
Two reporters for the Washington Post witnessed the incident late Wednesday afternoon. According to their report, Ocasio-Cortez exited the House chamber, with Greene following behind. Greene shouted, “Hey, Alexandria” twice trying to get her attention. Ocasio-Cortez continued walking and Greene then picked up the pace of her stride and began shouting at her “why do you support antifa? You don’t care about the American people.” She also falsely labeled antifa and Black Lives Matter as terrorist groups.
To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez did not stop to answer the taunts. As she continued walking she turned around and threw up her hands in the air in an exasperated motion.
Following the incident 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. 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.”
That statement was referring to Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who earlier this year accused Greene and her staff for accosting her in a tunnel beneath a House office building after she asked Greene to wear a mask “out of concern for the health of my staff, other members of Congress, and their congressional staff.” Greene denied the allegation and accused Bush of “lying” and of leading a “terrorist mob” because Bush supported Black Lives Matter. The incident prompted Bush to ask Democratic leadership if she could move her office away from Greene at a time when the Georgia congresswoman was already under heavy scrutiny for her rhetoric and behavior.
Then, in February, Greene also got into a confrontation with the office of a neighboring congresswoman over transgender rights. After Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) hung a transgender pride flag outside her office in honor of her transgender daughter, Greene hung up a poster across the hall that read: “There are TWO genders. MALE & FEMALE. Trust the Science!”
After abandoning her effort to confront AOC, Greene told a small group of reporters and onlookers near the House chamber entrance, “She’s a chicken, she doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal. These members are cowards. They need to defend their legislation to the people. That’s pathetic.”