U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly raising security concerns in Congress over fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Washington Post reports Greene, a Republican from Georgia, attempted to confront AOC, a Democrat from New York, outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses said Greene shouted “Hey Alexandria” twice, but Ocasio-Cortez did not stop as Greene accused her of supporting antifa and Black Lives Matter, falsely calling them “terrorists.”
According to the Post, Ocasio-Cortez only responded by turning around once and throwing her hands in the air.
“You chickened out bc you are too scared to debate me about your Socialist Green New Deal,” Greene later wrote on Twitter. “You are also a hate-America terrorist sympathizer. #JihadSquad Members of Congress do NOT support terrorism & shouldn’t be afraid to debate their legislation.”
According to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez’s office is now calling on fellow House members to ensure Congress remains “a safe, civil place.”
“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,” AOC spokesperson Lauren Hitt told the Post. “One Member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene’s attacks.”
CNN reports Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri) moved her office away from Greene’s after Bush confronted Greene about not wearing a mask in a hallway on Capitol Hill.
Greene, a far-right Trump loyalist who was elected to her first term in office in November, has also clashed with other members of Congress. In February, she posted an anti-transgender sign outside her office, which sits across from Rep. Marie Newman (D-Illinois), whose daughter is transgender.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) denounced Greene’s embrace of QAnon conspiracy theories and “loony lies” as a “cancer for the Republican Party.”
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said in February. “This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
The House rebuked Greene weeks after she took office, stripping her of her committee assignments over her racist and violent rhetoric. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, was one of 11 Republicans who voted with Democrats to punish Greene in February.