United States Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene drew cheers from a crowd in Ohio on Saturday night when she directed spikes against a colleague in the House, United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“She’s not an American. She really doesn’t embrace our American ways,” Greene said of the New York Democrat, who was actually born in New York.
“You want to know why? She has something called the ‘Green New Deal’,” Greene, a Republican from Georgia continued, referring to the package of climate initiatives that Ocasio-Cortez proposed on Capitol Hill. The GOP has ridiculed the plan as a costly job killer.
Greene referred to the plan as being presented by “the little Communist of New York City”.
Ocasio-Cortez must have watched Greene’s appearance near Cleveland, which preceded a speech by former President Donald Trump, as the Democrat responded on Twitter to Greene’s “little Communist” dig.
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“First of all,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “I’m taller than her.”
Ocasio-Cortez is 5 feet 6 inches tall, while Greene is 5 feet 3 inches tall, according to internet accounts.
Ocasio-Cortez later reminded his Twitter followers that Saturday was the third anniversary of her surprise 2018 victory in a United States House primary in New York City, when she defeated U.S. Democratic Representative Joe Crowley, leading to victory in the general election later that year.
Greene and Ocasio-Cortez have faced each other before. Some examples:
On April 21, Greene posted a photo of herself and Ocasio-Cortez on the House floor, amid Greene’s efforts to get Ocasio-Cortez to agree to a debate on the Green New Deal.
“After I have finished reading the 14 pages, as we had agreed, I will allow time for our debate,” Greene wrote.
On May 12, Greene confronted Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill over why the Democrat allegedly supported “terrorists and Antifa,” the Washington Post reported.
“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene said during the exchange, according to the report.
Ocasio-Cortez kept walking and didn’t say anything to Greene, but at one point she threw “her hands in the air in an exasperated motion,” according to the Post.
On May 13, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters of Greene: “I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people I chase from bars all the time.”
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On May 14, Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter that she believed Greene was obsessed with her and that she was “deeply ill, uh, and clearly needed help.”
Earlier Saturday in Ohio, Greene arrived on stage for a recording of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”.
“You guys are awesome. Oh, I love you Ohio, I love you,” she said.
“Now I always check when I’m going to talk to a crowd because I want to make sure I’m talking to smart people – that’s pretty important,” she continued. “Let me ask all of you a great question: Who is your president? ”
The crowd erupted into cheers.
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