Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is once again making waves in the House of Representatives, and—surprise!—it's not due to policy or productivity.
Greene's incessantly belligerent actions—dwarfed only by her eagerness to believe and spread conspiracy theories—have become a defining aspect of her political persona.
She gleefully brandished assault weapons in campaign ads next to pictures of Democratic members of Congress. Her peers voted to strip her of her committee assignments after revelations that she expressed support for their execution on social media before she ran for office.
Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) had to change offices because Greene repeatedly berated her and targeted her on social media, making her feel unsafe. Greene similarly harassed teenage school shooting survivor and gun reform activist David Hogg before her election.
With no committees and few avenues toward political relevance, Greene has devoted her time in recent weeks to repeatedly demanding a debate from progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a favorite target of the far-right.
Ocasio-Cortez hasn't publicly dignified Greene's dozens of social media posts calling for the debate with a response—a move that apparently enraged the conspiratorial Congresswoman, because—according to the Washington Post—Greene aggressively harassed Ocasio-Cortez at the Capitol on Wednesday night.
The Post's Marianna Sotomayor writes that as Ocasio-Cortez left the House Chamber:
"[Greene] shouted 'Hey Alexandria' twice in an effort to get her attention. When Ocasio-Cortez did not stop walking, Greene picked up her pace and began shouting at her and asking why she supports antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them 'terrorist' groups. Greene also shouted that Ocasio-Cortez was failing to defend her 'radical socialist' beliefs by declining to publicly debate the freshman from Georgia."
Greene further shouted at Ocasio-Cortez, berating her as a terrorist sympathizer.
Ocasio-Cortez's office told the Post that the Sergeant at Arms was contacted:
"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. 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. One Member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene's attacks."
Greene, like the man she erroneously believes is still President, has taken to hurling personal attacks regarding the incident in an unhinged Twitter screed.
Just talked to @AOC again. You chickened out bc you are too scared to debate me about your Socialist Green New Dea… https://t.co/IITpDg4XQO— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸) 1620853652.0
.@AOC “Ms. Defund The Police” wants to call the police for security bc she’s afraid of debating with me about her s… https://t.co/OknGBfVIA1— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸) 1620913341.0
And any US Member of Congress supporting terrorists Hamas should be expelled.
Any member supporting and fundraising for criminals in Antifa/BLM riots in American cities should be expelled.
That's the #JihadSquad and the VP.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 13, 2021
Since you are short on understanding little Adam, I asked @AOC to debate me. In the chamber, to debate her destruc… https://t.co/1cKCUX4rKx— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸) 1620913865.0
A growing number of people believe Greene is completely unfit for office—and they're making that stance known.
It's clear as day: @RepMTG is a danger to her colleagues and the country. Tell your House member to vote to… https://t.co/fVHBNiWFjR— Democratic Coalition (@Democratic Coalition) 1620912258.0
Good Christians of Georgia, come get this pointless hot mess of dumb hate & aggression before she breaks something… https://t.co/OI4qLZ5idX— Portia Kamons (@Portia Kamons) 1620889411.0
Deplorable. This is what happens when trash gets elected to Congress. https://t.co/hFFqhA2vtV— Vaxxed Jack (@Vaxxed Jack) 1620889397.0
Obvi I have fundamental differences with AOC, but the place where you work should be free of harassment. MTG needs… https://t.co/aTXkDBnEQm— 🩺sassenach (@🩺sassenach) 1620902544.0
Decent Americans like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez shouldn't have their lives disrupted with "security concerns" because WE A… https://t.co/wqw7DYw6i3— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022 (@Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022) 1620902393.0
Crazies in Congress, and they have guns https://t.co/0zy2omWnrn— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1620906026.0
Meanwhile, others are praising Ocasio-Cortez's tactic in dealing with Greene: ignore her publicly, lest she become even more relevant.
.@AOC gives an admirable lesson in restraint. https://t.co/yfeNjm1i8X— David Axelrod (@David Axelrod) 1620914274.0
This is all about fundraising. AOC is despised by these "Q" fanatics and Greene knows that any confrontation with h… https://t.co/COM3cIeScV— Danny Braggadocious (@Danny Braggadocious) 1620889873.0
Margorie Taylor Greene must feel so inadequate when ever she even thinks about Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. Such a feeling… https://t.co/Vx72wZuAVX— Melani Taylor🌊😷💪🥂 (@Melani Taylor🌊😷💪🥂) 1620893005.0
AOC ignored Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incessant Twitter pleas for a public ‘head to head’ Margorie is so desperate… https://t.co/mw3A4NFocH— Hana Perez🌊 (@Hana Perez🌊) 1620892307.0
It's yet to be seen whether Greene will face further discipline for her behavior.