(Reuters) – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene engaged in “verbal harassment and bullying” against a Democratic lawmaker, potentially violating House of Representatives ethics codes.
The Washington Post announced that two of its reporters saw Greene challenge Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after a House vote on Wednesday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-georgia-insight/pilloried-in-washington-marjorie-taylor-greene-is-loved-back-home-idUSKBN2AC28W
Greene has already received a reprimand: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-republicans/us-house-punishes-republican-congresswoman-over-incendiary-remarks-idUSKBN2A42IF The House has sanctioned him for making incendiary comments, including threats of violence against Democrats.
Greene allegedly pursued Ocasio-Cortez, screaming at her and wrongly accusing her of helping “terrorists,” according to the newspaper.
At her weekly press conference, Pelosi said, “I believe what was recorded to our office about what happened as members were leaving the floor yesterday, the verbal attack and harassment of our colleague, Congresswoman AOC.”
Pelosi said Greene’s conduct was “below the integrity of an individual serving in the Congress of the United States and is a source of trauma and fear among members,” adding that tensions in the Capitol were still high following the deadly Jan. 6 assault by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
When asked about the incident, a Greene spokesman pointed Reuters to a tweet from the congresswoman in which she said the House Ethics Committee should look into Ocasio-Cortez for putting Trump administration officials “on lists to ruin their lives and discourage potential jobs.”
In early February, the House voted to remove Greene from two high-profile committees because of remarks she had made that included support for violence against Democrats.
During her 2020 run for Congress, Greene’s campaign issued a photo showing her with an assault rifle next to three liberal Democratic congresswomen – Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
Greene has voiced support for unfounded conspiracy theories including the “QAnon” one that holds that elite Democrats are part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals.
She has since distanced herself from some of her remarks.
Wednesday’s incident came on the same day that House Republicans booted Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position for criticizing Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.