The war of words between congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Marjorie Taylor Greene has continued, with the New York Democrat describing the GOP representative from Georgia as the type of person she “threw out of bars all the time.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who used to work as a bartender before her historic victory in New York’s 14th congressional district, made the comments after Greene was alleged to have confronted her outside the House chamber on Wednesday.
Two Washington Post reporters said they saw the incident, which allegedly began with Greene shouting “Hey Alexandria” repeatedly in order to get her attention.
Greene is then said to have accused Ocasio-Cortez of supporting “terrorist” groups antifa and Black Lives Matter and not caring “about the American people.”
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly walked away from the confrontation, throwing her hands in the air in frustration. Greene is alleged to have called the Democrat “radical socialist” and a “chicken” who “doesn’t want to debate the Green New Deal” after she departed.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez dismissed Greene’s alleged behavior—the GOP congresswoman has been widely criticized for her political stunts and support of the QAnon conspiracy theory—while harking back to the days of her previous jobs.
“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“For me, this isn’t even about how I feel. It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempt by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol,” she added in reference to the January 6 attack.
In a tweet replying to a reporter detailing the quotes, Ocasio-Cortez added: “Friendly reminder to keep generously tipping your bartenders, servers, delivery, venue, and hospitality workers.”
Greene continued with the bartending theme in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, tweeting the 31-year-old has “never thrown anyone out of a bar, you’re too scared to talk to anyone” while once again criticizing the Green New Deal.
Greene added: “You’re too weak & afraid to debate me about your own socialist policy that would plunge your own constituents into poverty. You only know how to hide and play victim.”
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned Greene for carrying out a “verbal assault” on Ocasio-Cortez while calling on the Ethics Committee to look into the incident outside the House Chamber.
“This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said.
“It’s a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection on which the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened,” she added in reference to Wednesday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in which some Republicans downplayed the Capitol attack.
Greene and Ocasio-Cortez have been contacted for comment.
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