On Tuesday, the House of Representatives debated a measure to hold former President Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify before the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
Meadows had already turned over thousands of pages in documents regarding the events of January 6 before suddenly reversing his cooperation. Among those was a powerpoint Meadows included in an email detailing a disturbing "options" for the Trump administration to overrule the people's vote and install Trump for another term. There were also text exchanges between Meadows and Fox News hosts, as well as Donald Trump Jr., urging Meadows to convince Trump to tell his insurrectionist supporters to vacate the Capitol.
During the House debate, far-right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia predictably pointed to the overwhelmingly peaceful protests against racist police brutality last summer as reason for dismissing an attack on the U.S. Capitol carried out by conservatives.
She also slammed Democratic members of Congress as communists.
Greene said on the House floor:
"Somehow the communists here in charge have forgotten, or no not forgotten, are purposely abusing the Constitution and what this body of Congress is supposed to do."
Democratic Congressman and constitutional scholar Jamie Raskin of Maryland immediately responded to Greene's remark.
"We are not 'communists' as the gentlelady from Georgia suggested. That's just the friends of the former President who you lionize, like the dictator of North Korea that he loves and Vladimir Putin, who said that the greatest tragedy of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet Union. So, those are your friends, don't put them on our side."
Raskin's retort came just days after Trump continued his long tradition of praising authoritarian rulers. At a speaking engagement with far-right pundit Bill O'Reilly this past weekend, the former President boasted about the "love letters" he received from North Korea's Kim Jong Un and how he "enjoyed" his interactions with Putin, saying he got along best with "tyrants."
People praised Raskin's rebuttal.
He wasn't the only one to call Greene out.
More revelations regarding the Meadows documents are expected to emerge, with or without his cooperation.