“I am an American citizen. I pay your wages through the taxes you collect from me through the IRS, ”Greene said through the letter slot of a locked door. ” I’m a woman. I am a female business owner and proud to be an American woman. And I do not support your socialist policies.
The Georgia Republican continued, “If you want to be a big girl you have to get rid of your diaper and go out and be able to talk to the citizens of the United States. Two men appear with her in the video, also mocking Ocasio-Cortez and his staff via the mail slot.
The release of the since-deleted video, which originally aired in February 2019 on Facebook Live, came the same week that Greene followed Ocasio-Cortez out of the House, shouting that the Democrat supported the “terrorists” and not stand by. “Didn’t care” about the American people, “as the Washington Post first reported. She challenged Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on Twitter, pleas that Ocasio-Cortez had ignored.
The incidents add to the portrait of the activist-turned-lawmaker who showed little interest in governing, but instead used his platform to spread conspiracy theories, push Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen election in 2020 and strengthen its own notoriety. Her fighting spirit towards her colleagues only increased after an unprecedented reprimand where the House stripped her of her committee assignments, thus ending her ability to make laws.
Another confrontation on Friday involved a member of his team.
Rep. Eric Swalwell said on Friday that a member of Greene’s staff yelled at him to take off his mask after descending from the House floor, an unusual violation of decorum. Although the CDC has relaxed mask wearing guidelines for those who have been vaccinated, many lawmakers continue to wear them, and they are still required in the House.
“I had a mask coming down from the ground. An assistant from @mtgreenee yelled at me to take off my mask. No one should be bullied for wearing a mask, ”Swalwell tweeted. “So I told the bully what I thought of his order. “
Greene’s behavior has alarmed some members of Congress, where feelings remain high after the murderous storming of Capitol Hill on Jan.6 by a crowd of Trump supporters determined to overturn the 2020 election result.
“She is a woman who is deeply ill and clearly needs help,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Friday. “His kind of fixation has been going on for several years now” and “the depth of this discomfort has also raised concerns among other members.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Greene’s behavior was “irrelevant” and raised the possibility of an ethics investigation.
“This is below the dignity of a person serving in the United States Congress and is a cause of trauma and fear among members, especially in the wake of an insurgency,” Pelosi said Thursday.
Yet, so far, Republicans have shown little appetite to punish Greene. They rallied around her in February after some of her past comments came to light, including her endorsement of calls to assassinate Main Democrats. That left it up to Democrats, who were joined by 11 Republicans, to vote to strip her of her committee appointments.
As a congressional candidate, Greene posted a 2020 photo of herself with a gun alongside images of Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow Democratic Reps Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan .
Prior to her election, she also supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One of them suggested shooting Pelosi in the head. In response to a message mentioning the prospect of the hanging of former President Barack Obama, Greene replied that “the scene is brewing.”
In a 2018 Facebook post, she speculated that “lasers or blue beams of light” controlled by a left-wing cabal linked to a powerful Jewish family could have been responsible for the California wildfires.
And in February 2019, Greene appeared in another online video filmed at the U.S. Capitol, claiming that Omar and Tlaib were not “truly official” members of Congress because they had not taken an oath on the Bible. . Both women are Muslims.