Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y) likens Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) to the type of person she would “throw out of bars all the time” after the Republican congresswoman harassed her outside the House chamber on Wednesday.
“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters, according to the Hill. “For me, this isn’t even about how I feel. It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol.”
Two Washington Post reporters who witnessed the incident said Greene repeatedly yelled, “Hey, Alexandria.” The Democratic congresswoman did not stop to address Greene even as she pressed her about her support for the “terrorist” organization Black Lives Matter.
“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene reportedly shouted. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”
Greene defended her actions on Thursday.
“So she throws out paying customers. Is that how she feels? She throws out paying customers, is what she’s saying? You know, it would be nice if they would treat us civilly. But ever since Jan. 6, they can’t even treat us with respect,” Greene told reporters. “And we were just as much as victims of the riot here, too. We didn’t cause it. All these lies that they say on and on and on. You know, they need to be civil. None of them are civil to me. I was telling her, you need to debate me, you need to defend your policy. There is nothing wrong with that.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday described Greene’s confrontation with Ocasio-Cortez as a “verbal assault,” and warned the situation could be a matter for the House Ethics Committee.
Pelosi called Greene’s behavior “so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House,” according to The Hill.