The office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has reportedly contacted House leadership about security concerns after the New York Democrat was confronted by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday.
The Washington Post explained that two of its reporters witnessed the incident, describing Greene as “aggressively” approaching Ocasio-Cortez and “falsely” accusing her of supporting “terrorists.”
The paper said that Ocasio-Cortez’s office pressed House leaders to guarantee that Congress is “a safe, civil place for all Members and staff.”
The incident occurred last Wednesday afternoon as the New York Democrat was exiting the House chamber, according to the Post, noting that Greene shouted “Hey, Alexandria!” two times in a bid to get her attention.
“When Ocasio-Cortez did not stop walking, Greene picked up her pace and began shouting at her and asking why she supports Antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them ‘terrorist’ groups,” the Post reported. “Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez was failing to defend her ‘radical socialist’ beliefs by declining to publicly debate the freshman from Georgia.”
“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene shouted to Ocasio-Cortez, according to the Post. “Why do you support terrorists and Antifa?”
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly turned to glance back at Greene, tossing her hands in the air “in exasperation.” The two reporters said they were not close enough to hear the Democratic lawmaker’s response and her office would not provide specifics.
“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 spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said 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.”
The Post noted that before Greene walked away, she explained that the confrontation was meant to hold Democrats accountable for their policy positions.
“She’s a chicken, she doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal,” she told a group of reporters and others who were gathered near the entrance to the House chambers. “These members are cowards. They need to defend their legislation to the people. That’s pathetic.”
Greene challenged Ocasio-Cortez last month to publicly debate her about the latter’s “Green New Deal,” a massively expensive plan to radically transform the way Americans utilize energy, with a huge focus on renewables that includes technology not yet on the market or financially viable.
“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate,” Greene wrote on Twitter, adding the hashtag “#MTGvsAOC.”
“A debate between AOC and I on the Green New Deal economic policy would be informative for the American people,” Greene wrote on Twitter the previous week, adding that she has a degree in business administration. “They deserve to hear the two sides with pro’s and cons.”
Greene has also touted her experience as the owner of a construction business for more than two decades versus Ocasio-Cortez’s limited experience as a waitress and bartender and a degree in economics.
The feisty Georgia Republican has also had confrontations with other Democratic members. In February, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri accused Greene and her staffers of accosting her in the tunnel underneath a House office building after Bush first contacted Greene, asking her to mask up.
Also, Greene took a video of herself putting up a sign that read, “There are TWO genders. MALE & FEMALE. Trust the Science!” outside her office, which is located across from Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.). Newman had hung a transgender flag outside her office in support of her transgender daughter and in a pushback to Greene’s opposition to legislation granting outsized rights to LGBTQ persons.
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