WATCH: Calling Marjorie Taylor Greene Delusional Is Too Generous, Says Rep. Stacey Plaskett
What, exactly, is the explanation for Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) behavior? Her fellow Congress members, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI), take two different views.
Ocasio-Cortez’s opinion was drawn out by two incidents, one recent and one that resurfaced on video from before Greene was elected. In the old video, Greene shouts taunts into Ocasio-Cortez’s office mail slot. This resurfaced and went viral after a new incident, in which Greene pursued her colleague down a street and verbally assaulted her.
Deadline reports that, when asked about the harassment, Ocasio-Cortez said that Greene needed professional evaluation, and that in her opinion, the Georgia Representative is “deeply unwell.”
However, another Democratic House Colleague, Stacey Plaskett, responded to this differently, saying that Ocasio-Cortez is being very generous when she indicates that Greene’s behavior can be chalked up to mental instability.
"I think a lot of what she (Marjorie Taylor Greene) does is performative politics attempting to get an audience, a platform that we're providing for her." pic.twitter.com/Amt5ZJq2fZ
— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) May 17, 2021
Plaskett appeared on CNN, where she was asked about Greene and her attacks on AOC, among other topics. Plaskett had two primary messages in response.
First, she believes it’s too generous to assume Greene is struggling with delusions or mental struggles. Instead, she sees Greene as a person who is performing an act that gets her a lot of attention and notoriety.
Second, she has a warning. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez walked away peacefully when Greene harassed her, and didn’t engage. Not all of Greene’s colleagues are going to walk away, though, Plaskett says. While Greene has particularly targeted AOC, Plaskett suggests that at some point, she’s going to level an attack at the wrong person, and she won’t just be ignored.