”Consultant Greene tried to start an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to stroll away, Congresswoman Greene started screaming and known as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer,” Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt stated in a press release. “We hope management and the Sergeant at Arms will take actual steps to make Congress a protected, civil place for all Members and employees—particularly as many places of work are discussing reopening. One Member has already been pressured to relocate her workplace as a consequence of Congresswoman Greene’s assaults.”
(That member is Rep. Cori Bush, who modified places of work after a confrontation over mask-wearing within the Capitol led to Greene describing her as “the chief of the St. Louis Black Lives Matter terrorist mob who trespassed right into a gated neighborhood to threaten the lives of the McCloskey’s.”)
After Ocasio-Cortez declined to offer Greene the general public combat she wished, Greene informed a gaggle of reporters and onlookers, “She’s a hen, she doesn’t need to debate the Inexperienced New Deal,” including, “These members are cowards. They should defend their laws to the individuals. That’s pathetic.”
Ocasio-Cortez has spoken at size on the Inexperienced New Deal—see here, here, here, and here, for starters—however she doesn’t owe Greene particularly a face-to-face on it. Greene is just not an skilled. She doesn’t have a job on a related committee that may contemplate the difficulty, as a result of, oh, proper, she was stripped of her committee assignments.
Greene’s motivations truly aren’t exhausting to determine right here. She lives for social media clout that results in extra consideration and extra fundraising, and Ocasio-Cortez has so many extra social media followers than Greene, from Twitter to Instagram to Fb. Greene is mainly attempting to leech clout off of Ocasio-Cortez, and he or she doesn’t care how stupid she looks to any cheap observer, as a result of the individuals she’s attempting to achieve aren’t cheap. As an example, in a earlier effort to get Ocasio-Cortez to debate the Inexperienced New Deal, Greene stated “If she chickens out, then she reveals who she actually is: a scared little woman that’s fairly silly and doesn’t know something in regards to the economic system or economics.”
Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston College with a degree in international relations and economics, however extra to the purpose she has confirmed her mastery of coverage all through her time in Congress. She is reliably sharp and on the ball, from committee hearings to Instagram movies. Greene is … not. Her disdain for coverage reveals in every thing she does. She simply desires to make noise and get consideration, and whereas her hypocrisy nearly goes with out saying, it’s price noting that the identical individual chasing Ocasio-Cortez round accusing her of being too scared to debate had a news crew threatened with arrest for daring to ask her a question.
However the issue is, Greene’s efforts to make noise and get consideration are doubtlessly harmful to different individuals, given the violent far-right motion she’s part of, and her past efforts to incite violence in opposition to political opponents, and her previous harassment of teen survivors of mass shootings, and her previous embrace of QAnon and antisemitism. That’s why Ocasio-Cortez’s spokeswoman raised safety considerations in her assertion, and possibly why Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that the Home Ethics Committee ought to look into what she described as “verbal assault” and “abuse.”
Home Republican management has proven again and again that they don’t have an issue with Greene’s abuses. Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy is probably not all the way in which in MTG-land but himself, however given how little backbone he has, he’s being pulled in that route. Greene is not alone in a few of her most offensive votes. This isn’t only one deeply disagreeable individual. It’s not even one deeply disagreeable individual and the extremists who observe her. It’s in regards to the institutional help she continues to get whilst she willfully endangers her colleagues.