Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside of the House Chamber on Wednesday. Taylor Greene asked Ocasio-Cortez why she supports Antifa and the Black Lives Matter organization.
“She’s a chicken. She doesn’t want to debate. I don’t think the debate has been agreed to yet,” Taylor Greene said.
Ocasio-Cortez ignored Taylor Greene after she referred to the groups as “terrorist.”
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House Ethics Committee should investigate the situation.
“It was reported to our office what happened as members were leaving the floors yesterday, the verbal assault and abuse of our colleague, congresswoman AOC. It’s so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House or not bringing dishonor to the House,” Pelosi said. “It’s so beyond the pale that you wonder, it probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee. But that’s up to someone. I’ve always kept the leadership offices separate from any motions to take anything to Ethics.”
Ocasio-Cortez compared her encounter with Taylor Greene to her time working as a bartender. She said that she removed people like Taylor Greene from the bar “all the time.”
“For me, this isn’t even about how I feel,” the congresswoman said. “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 capital.”
Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that Taylor Greene was chasing her.
Taylor Greene told reporters that Ocasio-Cortez does not need to file an ethics complaint because adults are able to debate policy.
On Wednesday, Taylor Greene tweeted about the encounter.
“Just talked to @AOC again. You chickened out bc you are too scared to debate me about your socialist Green New Deal. You are also a hate-America terrorist sympathizer. #JihadSquad Members of Congress do NOT support terrorism & shouldn’t be afraid to debate their legislation.”
Taylor Greene has battled with other Democrats in the past. The freshman Republican was stripped of her committee assignments earlier this year for making violent statements.