WASHINGTON (AP) – A year before she was elected to Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene went to her Capitol office to find Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and taunted the New York Democrats for “getting rid of your diaper” and “speaking to American citizens.” ”As shown in the video unearthed by CNN on Friday.
“I am an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes you collect from me through the IRS, ”Greene says through the mail slot of a locked door. “I’m a woman. I’m an entrepreneur and I’m proud to be an American. And I don’t support your socialist policies.”
The Georgia Republican continued, “If you want to be a big girl, you have to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to speak to American citizens.” Two men appear together with her in the video and mock Ocasio-Cortez and her employees through the mailbox.
The since-deleted video, which originally aired on Facebook Live in February 2019, was released the same week that Greene Ocasio-Cortez followed from the floor of the house and shouted that the Democrat supported “terrorists” and didn’t care American people, ”as first reported by the Washington Post. She challenged Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on Twitter, requests that Ocasio-Cortez ignored.
When asked about the “context” of the 2019 video on Friday, Greene told reporters, “We go around talking to members of Congress who serve taxpayers that we now have taxpayers who are not even allowed to come around to speak to us in context. “
The incidents add to a portrait of the activist and lawmaker who has shown little interest in governing but has instead used her platform to spread conspiracy theories, fuel Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen 2020 election, and promote her own notoriety. Her willingness to fight colleagues only increased after an unprecedented reprimand in which the House stripped her of the duties of committee, effectively ending her ability to make legislation.
Another confrontation on Friday involved an employee.
Rep. Eric Swalwell said a Greene employee yelled at him to take off his mask after stepping off the floor of the house. Although the CDC relaxed guidelines on how to wear masks for those who have been vaccinated, many lawmakers continue to wear them and they are still required on the floor of the home.
“I was wearing a mask when I stepped off the floor. An aide with @mtgreenee yelled at me to take off my mask. Nobody should be bullied for wearing a mask, ”Swalwell tweeted. “So I told the bully what I thought of his order.”
On Twitter on Friday, Greene said she witnessed the confrontation and claimed, “Nobody screamed.”
Greene’s behavior has alarmed some members of Congress, where sentiments remain harsh following the deadly assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6 by a crowd of Trump supporters intending to overturn the 2020 election result.
“This is a woman who is deeply unwell and who clearly needs help,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Friday. “Your kind of fixation took several years” and the “depth of this malaise worried other members as well.”
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “beyond the pale” and opened up the possibility of an ethical investigation.
“This is beneath the dignity of any person serving in the United States Congress and is a cause of trauma and fear among members, especially after a riot,” Pelosi said Thursday.
So far, however, Republicans have shown little appetite to punish Greene. They rallied around her in February after some of her previous comments came to light, including her endorsement of calls to assassinate leading Democrats. That left it to the Democrats, who voted along with eleven Republicans, to withdraw her committee duties.
As a Congressional candidate in 2020, Greene posted a photo of himself with a gun alongside pictures of Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic officials, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan.
Prior to her election, she also endorsed Facebook posts advocating violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting Pelosi in the head. In response to a post that raised the prospect of the execution of former President Barack Obama, Greene replied that the “stage is being prepared.”
In a 2018 Facebook post, she speculated that “lasers or blue beams of light,” controlled by a left-wing cabal tied to a powerful Jewish family, could be responsible for starting wildfires in California.
And in February 2019, Greene appeared in another online video filmed in the US Capitol, arguing that Omar and Tlaib were not “really official” members of Congress because they failed to take the oath of office on the Bible. Both women are Muslim.