After the Senate loosened dress code rules to accommodate Senator John Fetterman, Marjorie Taylor Greene seemed offended by the loss of 'eticquette and respect.'
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is well-known for her tendency to lash out against her fellow lawmakers both in-person and online — it even got her booted from the far-right Freedom Caucus earlier this year.
Her latest grudge seems to be against Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman. It's not his politics that she's upset about this time, though: it's his wardrobe choices.
Greene tweeted her ire over Fetterman's fashion decisions and accused him and the Senate of "lowering the bar" for relaxing dress code protocol on the Senate floor.
The Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for Senators to appease Fetterman is disgraceful. \n\nDress code is one of society\u2019s standards that set etiquette and respect for our institutions.\n\nStop lowering the bar!— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1694979242
Fetterman's scathing response referenced Greene's now infamous decision to display explicit photos of Hunter Biden on the House floor in July while questioning 2 IRS special agents about the federal investigation into Hunter Biden.
Thankfully, the nation's lower chamber lives by a higher code of conduct: displaying ding-a-ling pics in public hearings.— Senator John Fetterman (@Senator John Fetterman) 1695045046
Fetterman was far from the only one responding to Greene's newest tirade by citing her own behavior to highlight her hypocrisy.
@RepMTG The bar was lowered when you were sworn in and it's been downhill ever since.— Chris D. Jackson (@Chris D. Jackson) 1694980900
@RepMTG "respect for our institutions"\n\nIrony is dead, satire is dead, RIP to them both.— Michael VanDeMar (@Michael VanDeMar) 1694983833
@RepMTG I\u2019m more worried about domestic terrorists like you sitting in congress than a hoodie and t-shirt. \ud83e\udd37\ud83c\udffb\u200d\u2642\ufe0f— Ryan Shead (@Ryan Shead) 1694979428
@RepMTG Etiquette? Respect? What would you know about respect for our institutions?— Kerolyn Christine (@Kerolyn Christine) 1694988166
@RepMTG The minute you walked the halls of Congress the bar was lowered.— Harry Sisson (@Harry Sisson) 1694981129
According to reporting by Axios, the "dress code" that was relaxed and so upset Greene may not even be a formal written policy but an informal code enforced by the Senate's Sergeant at Arms.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quietly directed the Sergeant at Arms not to enforce that informal dress code for members of the Senate — members of staff will still be required to wear business attire — last week.
Schumer told Axios:
"Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit."
Senators have been able to circumvent the dress code guidelines by staying at the edges of the Senate chambers, keeping one foot in the cloakroom so as not to truly be on the Senate floor, and holding up a thumbs up or thumbs down to vote before retreating to the cloakroom.
Fetterman, and others, have previously voted this way. Now they will be able to remain on the Senate floor between votes instead of simply poking their heads in at voting time.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke during his 2022 campaign, initially followed the informal dress code, wearing a suit and tie when he appeared in the Senate, but has since chosen more comfortable attire after returning from seeking treatment for clinical depression earlier this year.
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