Addressing Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s aggressive attempt to confront her, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez said that the Georgia GOP Rep. reminds her of the people she used to throw out of bars back in her days as a bartender.
“I used to work as a bartender and these are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters this Thurday, referring to Greene and former Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) who accosted her last year, reportedly calling her a “f*cking b*tch.”
“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 supported white supremacists in our nation’s capital,” she said.
On Wednesday, Greene shouted at Ocasio-Cortez as the two left the House floor, accusing her of supporting “terrorist” organizations like “antifa” and Black Lives Matter.
Speaking to Talking Points Memo, Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director Lauren Hitt said that while Greene has approached Ocasio-Cortez in the past, the recent incident takes things to a new level.
“We do hope the SAA and leadership will take real steps to make the floor a safe, civil place for Members,” Hitt said.
But Greene thinks Ocasio-Cortez is reacting “like a child.”
“Talking to her. She says screaming. You know what screaming is? Screaming is what people do when rockets are fired at them like Hamas terrorists are firing into Israel,” Greene told reporters. “That’s what people do, they scream when that happens, I was talking to AOC, saying you need to debate me about the Green New Deal.”
Ironically, as TPM points out, Greene later accused reporters of harassing her and her staff by questioning them over the episode.