Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene followed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down a Capitol corridor, accusing her of supporting terrorists and berating her “radical socialism.”
It happened as she and AOC were leaving the House chamber on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post, citing two of its reporters who were present.
Greene appeared eager to capture AOC’s attention, Cortez’s shouting “Hey Alexandria” twice when it was clear the New York congresswoman would not engage, then rushing after her.
“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene reportedly yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and Antifa?”
She also allegedly asked AOC why she would not participate in a debate to defend her “radical socialist” beliefs.”
The only thing Ocasio-Cortez did was throw up her hands in frustration and ignore Greene, according to the Post. Greene then turned to look at the reporters nearby and called AOC a “chicken.”
Greene has risen quickly as a result of her Trumpian positions. She maintains her denial of the 2020 presidential election’s legitimacy.
Greene’s notoriety grew after the Democratic-controlled House voted to remove her from her committee assignments in February.
AOC a progressive with star power has emerged as a favorite target. In April, Greene challenged AOC to a debate about her Green New Deal plan, which Ocasio-Cortez declined.
In a Facebook video posted Wednesday, the congresswoman made similar accusations, referring to AOC and her congressional colleagues as “The Jihad Squad,” a play on the group’s “Squad” moniker.
They also support terrorists Antifa/BLM who attack Americans.
Members who support terrorism don’t belong in Congress.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 10, 2021
Greene claimed in the video that AOC and other progressive members of Congress, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar backed “terrorists” in their public defense of Gazans during recent hostilities with Israel.
Congress is broken!
The Jihad Squad!
And America First Rallies!!
LIVE on FB: https://t.co/tWAaVAAwNM
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 12, 2021
AOC has not defended Hamas militant actions, tweeting on Wednesday that they are “condemnable.”
AOC’s office released a statement after the incident stating that “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 statement added, referring to Rep Cori Bush.
After the incident went public many Twitter users called for Greene to be arrested or removed completely from the chamber.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that the House Ethics Committee investigate Greene for allegedly “verbally assaulting” AOC.
“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said. “It’s a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection on which the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened.”