Headlines were made earlier this week by a heated exchange between GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outside the House chamber, and now Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that an ethics probe is likely in order, according to NBC News.
An account from the Washington Post claims that while the two congresswomen were departing the House chamber on Wednesday, Greene attempted to catch up with her colleague from New York, asking aloud why she supported organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter and asking if she would agree to a debate on various topics.
Greene referenced the encounter later on Twitter, saying, “Just talked to @AOC again. You chickened out bc you are too scared to debate me about your Socialist Green New Deal.”
According to the Post, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez responded to the situation by saying, “We hope leadership and the Sergeant at Arms will take real steps to make Congress a safe, civil place for all Members and staff,” adding, “One member has already been forced to relocate her office due to Congresswoman Greene’s attacks.”
As NBC News noted, Ocasio-Cortez offered her own take on the incident, saying, “I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” adding, “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 attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s capital.”
For her part, the House Speaker said that the confrontation may well leave Greene vulnerable to an ethics probe over what she referred to as “abuse” and a “verbal assault” on Ocasio-Cortez.
“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…it probably is a matter for the Ethics Committee,” Pelosi declared.
Adding her characteristically hyberbolic touch, Pelosi continued, “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,” according to NBC News.
Whether the matter will indeed escalate to a formal probe remains to be seen, but in Greene’s view, Ocasio-Cortez “doesn’t need to file ethics violations or whatever she’s doing. That’s reacting like a child. Adults are able to debate policy.”