Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) (L), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO).
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GOP MP Marjorie Taylor Greene and her staff allegedly “berated” Missouri House Democrat Cori Bush, who said on Friday that she was moving her office from Greene “for the security of my team.”
Bush also said in a tweet that the Georgia Republican “targeted me and others on social media”.
An adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Confirmed to NBC News that Bush’s office had been reassigned. “This room allocation change was made on the speaker’s direct orders,” the aide told NBC.
Regarding the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, she noted that she had “called for the expulsion of members who instigated the riot from day one”.
Following that invasion, Bush tabled a resolution instructing the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether lawmakers attempting to overthrow President Joe Biden’s election victory should be “violated” and “sanctioned, including the oath of office Removal from representative’s house. “
Bush’s statement implied that Greene should be included in this proposed investigation. Both Greene and Bush are newly elected officials who were sworn into Congress earlier this month.
Later on Friday, Greene shot back from her personal Twitter account that Bush was “lying to you. She berated me.”
Greene claimed to “have the receipts”. She attached a video to the Twitter post of walking down a hallway speaking into a handheld camera. Under her chin was a black face mask with the word “REDACTED” – the same guy she’d worn when she spoke on the floor of the house against Trump’s second impeachment.
The 77-second video shows Greene criticizing Democrats who supported last summer’s wave of protests against police brutality and racial injustice, some of which broke out violently.
An off-screen voice then shouts: “Follow the rules and put on a mask!”
Another voice says, “Stop inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.” Bush, the first black Congresswoman from Missouri and an activist for Black Lives Matter, said in a statement that one of Greene’s staff made the remark.
Greene looks away from the camera and says, “You know what, yeah, don’t yell at people. You know what, you shouldn’t bring Covid-positive members here! Spread Covid everywhere! Stop being a hypocrite!”
In a statement sent by her office, Bush said the clash took place on January 13 in the underground tunnel that connects the Cannon House office building and the Capitol.
Bush said Greene “came up behind me and scolded loudly into her phone without wearing a mask.”
“This came the day after several of my housemates announced they tested positive for COVID-19 after being in a room with Taylor Greene during the White Supremacist attack on the Capitol,” lawmakers said.
Bush said, “Out of concern for the health of my staff, other members of Congress, and their congressional staff, I have repeatedly asked them to put on a mask,” which Greene and her staff “cursed me.”
“In the context of Taylor Greene’s repeated advocacy of the execution of Democratic leaders prior to taking office, Taylor Greene’s renewed, repeated antagonism of the Black Lives Movement against me personally over the past month is of serious concern.”
“All of this led to my decision to move my office from Taylor Greene for security reasons. My office is currently being moved from the Longworth House office building,” said Bush.
Bush and Greene have offices on the same floor of the Longworth House Office Building, one of three house member buildings on Capitol Hill.
Greene has expressed support for radical pro-Trump conspiracy theory, QAnon, whose believers have in some instances sparked the Capitol break-in that killed five people.
Greene recently came under additional fire after she reportedly approached a survivor of the Parkland, Florida shooting and disliked social media posts calling for violence against Democrats.
On Wednesday, a news crew for NBC subsidiary WRCB was reportedly removed from an event at City Hall and threatened with arrest after attempting to ask Greene a question.
Pelosi has blown Greene and the “absolutely appalling” decision by the House Republicans to appoint Greene to the House Education Committee.
“What could you think? Or is thinking too generously a word for what you might do?” Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday.
A spokesman for the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Pelosi’s remarks.