Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene has already made herself infamous in Congress for her militant white nationalism and her paranoid conspiracy theories — but now she’s revealing herself to be possibly teetering on the edge of sanity. Whether hungry for a fresh news cycle or just any attention at all, Taylor-Greene decided it would be a good idea to accost her colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the halls of Congress, shrieking at her and demanding to know why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez supported “terrorist groups” like Black Lives Matter and the nebulous and omnipresent right-wing boogeyman “antifa.”
The disgraceful behavior has elicited widespread criticism from House Democratic leadership against Taylor-Greene, who already had her committee assignments stripped away from her over her past support for things like the QAnon pedophilia conspiracy, 9-11 trutherism, harrassing school shooting survivors, and implying that space lasers were responsible for the California wildfires.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “beyond the pale” in her response to the incident: “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,” she 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.”
House Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jefferies similarly called for the ethics committee to launch an investigation, saying that it appeared the Georgia Rep was “stalking” her: “She is certainly engaged in threatening behavior, and I think ultimately this is something that may have to be evaluated by the Ethics Committee. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has shown tremendous restraint and should be commended in that regard because it appears that the so-called congresswoman from Georgia is stalking her,” said Jefferies on CNN’s New Day.
But when it comes to MTG, all AOC says she needs is a good bouncer.
Late on Thursday, the former hospitality industry worker zinged Taylor-Greene as being the kind of person she would throw out of bars “all the time.”
(And no this is not intended for magic the gathering players, you’re cool w/ me)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 13, 2021
If you frequent nighttime watering holes or have ever had the misfortune to work in one, then you know just the kind of person she’s talking about!
This isn’t even the first time Marjorie Taylor-Greene has gotten in trouble for her aggressive behavior. Earlier this year, she sparked horrified outrage in Congress by deliberately singling out and publicly misgendering Rep. Marie Newman’s (D-IL) trans daughter. We thought that dragging a child into the public fray over petty bigotry would be the bottom of the barrel for MTG — but it looks like she will stop at nothing from alienating every one of her colleagues and then getting expelled from Congress entirely.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.