House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just charged Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-CA) with “verbal assault” against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after a tense exchange between AOC and the GOP lawmaker on Wednesday, suggesting that Greene’s actions should be brought to the House Ethics Committee.
Pelosi condemned Greene over an incident during which she reportedly shouted at Ocasio-Cortez as she left the House chamber. Greene reportedly asked Ocasio-Cortez why she supported antifa and Black Lives Matter, calling the movements terrorist groups.
The Georgia congresswoman also challenged her about refusing an earlier debate on the Green New Deal.
Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “so beyond the pale” that, “It probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee.” She added that Greene’s remarks were also “a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection.”
Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson Lauren Hitt told the Washington Post following the reported incident, “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff.”
Greene insisted Thursday that she has every right to expect that a fellow House member would debate important issues.
“Why would a member of Congress need security to debate with another member? That doesn’t make sense,” said the Georgia lawmaker, according to NY Daily News.
Greene also shrugged off the possibility of facing an ethics investigation.