Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for a House Ethics Committee investigation of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for what Pelosi called the ‘verbal assault and abuse’ of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by MTG confronting AOC outside the House chamber Wednesday for supporting terrorists and ducking a debate on the Green New Deal. Pelosi said the incident is a “cause for trauma and fear among Members.”
Pelosi was questioned by a sympathetic reporter about the peaceful incident between MTG and AOC, asking Pelosi if House Members “are safe here at the Capitol.” Pelosi stumbled in her answer, had a Biden moment and struggled to remember Ocasio-Cortez’s name and ended up calling her by her nickname, AOC.
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Pelosi: “I, I, I think that what you, that what you pointed to our office about what happened uh, as members were leaving the floor yesterday, uh the verbal abuse and really abuse of our colleague Congresswoman uh, uh, uh…AOC (giggles), the, uh, it’s so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House, or not bringing dishonor to the House. It’s so beyond the pale that you wonder, is this, it probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee. Uh, but that’s up to someone, I, I’ve always kept the leadership offices separate from any uh, uh motions to take anything to Ethics. But as one who served on the Ethics Committee for seven years–six years is the maximum, they asked me to serve another year, that’s how I paid my dues to the caucu (sic) (giggles). This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among Members, especially on the heels of an insurrection, on which the majority, uh, which the majority in the, excuse me the minority in the committee yesterday denied ever happened, it didn’t happen. I don’t know if you saw uh, last night the body cam, I think CNN had the body camera um, video of Officer Fanone. It is stunning if you haven’t seen that, you have to see that because it was such an abuse, uh, battling a police officer. Now he’s a Metropolitan Police officer. I have met with him. He’s trying to meet with the Republican Leader, I hope that that would happen. Uh, but when these people were yesterday saying they was friendly to the police and all that: Sick, there’s just only one word. So, th, this is not behavior that is, uh, I, I could give you chapter and verse of many other things that they have done, that being the most recent and very egregious and not in keeping with the behavior of a Member of Congress. And their own caucus, their own caucus, uh, should exercise some, discipline is not the word, uh, respectable behavior standard for them. Uh, but it could be that this would rise to the level of an Ethics complaint.”
Transcribed by TGP.
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Pelosi suggests House Ethics Committee should investigate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for "verbal assault" and "abuse" of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a confrontation outside House chamber: "This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States" pic.twitter.com/0X29i9Jdf7
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MTG responded online to Pelosi, saying, “Actually, @SpeakerPelosi the Ethics Commitee (sic) should look into @AOC for putting Trump admin staff and supporters on lists to destroy their lives and prevent future employment. She threatened the livelihoods of Americans for simply being Republicans. BTW, there was no screaming.”
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