Nancy Pelosi Says Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments to AOC Were ‘Verbal Assault’

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U.S. Reps Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, left and Marjorie Taylor Greene are

After the exchange, Greene accused Ocasio-Cortez of cowardice.

Two Washington Post reporters who allegedly witnessed the Wednesday incident recounted that Greene approached Ocasio-Cortez as they were exiting the House Chamber. "I don't think the debate has been agreed to yet", Greene told reporters after Ocasio-Cortez ignored her, referring to her request in tweets to debate on the Green New Deal.

"You don't care about the American people", Greene yelled. Her staff later criticized Greene in a statement.

Greene then turned to nearby reporters and called Ocasio-Cortez a "chicken".

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has raised security concerns in Congress after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) allegedly approached Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday and questioned her support of "terrorist" groups. She continues to deny the validity of the 2020 presidential election.

Greene did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment or clarification on what she had meant by "terrorists" in Wednesday's debacle.

Following the Post's report, Twitter users called for Ms Greene's arrest, or for Ms Greene to be completely removed from the chamber.

The Squad is a nickname that Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) gave themselves after bonding at their freshman orientation in 2018.

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The episode erupted on Wednesday afternoon after Ocasio-Cortez had criticized the Biden administration's stance on Israel.

During her weekly press conference at the Capitol on Thursday, May 13, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced Greene for her "verbal assault" and "abuse" of Ocasio-Cortez, saying that it is "so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House".

Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer. Added spokeswoman Lauren Hitt: "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".

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush moved at the end of January after being "berated", as she put it, by Greene.

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