House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday sided with her rival from the Democratic Party’s progressive flank, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a frequent critic who’s bucked her leadership — over her run-in a day earlier with Republican firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) stated the conduct of Greene (R-Ga.) outdoors the House Chamber on Wednesday night amounted to “verbal assault and abuse” and will lead to sanctions by the House Ethics Committee.
During the incident, Greene yelled, “Hey, Alexandria!” twice as Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) walked down the hallway, The Washington Post first reported.
Greene tried to catch as much as the self-described democratic socialist, yelling, “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?” and calling on her to publicly debate her “radical socialist” insurance policies.
“It was reported to our office about what happened as members were leaving the floor yesterday — the verbal assault and abuse of our colleague Congresswoman AOC,” Pelosi advised reporters throughout a information convention Thursday.
“It’s so beyond the pale of anything that it is in keeping with bringing honor to the House, or not bringing dishonor to the House.”
Pelosi added: “It probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee.”
“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States, and is 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,” she stated.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t cease to converse at size with Greene — a controversial freshman member who was faraway from her committee assignments after inflammatory feedback previous to her being elected to Congress emerged earlier this 12 months — however threw her arms within the air in frustration.
Greene then accused Ocasio-Cortez of failing to defend her coverage stances, accusing her of sympathizing with “terrorists here in the United States — Antifa, BLM riots,”
“She’s a chicken, she doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal,” she advised reporters on Wednesday. “These members are cowards. They need to defend their legislation to the people. That’s pathetic.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s workplace stated they hope disciplinary motion is taken within the wake of the feud, arguing that Greene’s conduct is a trigger for concern for members security.
“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, advised The Washington Post in an announcement.
“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.”
Pelosi’s feedback on Greene come because the House seems to schedule a vote on supplemental funding for safety on the Capitol following the breach when a bunch of pro-Trump rioters stormed the constructing in an try to disrupt the certification of the election.
Democratic management applied heightened safety measures following the breach — a few of which have been met with pushback from Republicans, who argue the menace got here from outdoors the constructing, not inside — together with putting in magnetometers outdoors the House chamber doorways which members are required to stroll by, the presence of members of the nationwide guard and a fence across the perimeter of the Capitol constructing.
A bigger fence that surrounded the Capitol’s whole campus has since been eliminated.