It’s no secret that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are two of the most outspoken members of Congress. Recently, the two took to Twitter to debate policy differences, but the exchange quickly turned personal. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the facts of the debate and explore the implications of the exchange.
It all started when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN’s “AC 360” and discussed the House Republicans’ handling of committee assignments in the new Congress. She accused Rep. Greene of “trafficking in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” and said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had appointed her to the Homeland Security Committee despite this. Greene took issue with this and tweeted, “I have repeatedly asked you to debate me, but you have been a coward and can’t even respond. But you go on [CNN] and lie about me. When are you going to be an adult and actually debate me on policy instead of run your mouth like a teenage girl?”
Ocasio-Cortez responded by pointing out that they sit on the same committee and that Greene had only attended a few of the meetings. She also accused Greene of claiming that an elementary school had received $5 billion to teach Critical Race Theory. Greene denied this accusation and argued that the phrase “Jewish space lasers” had been created and invented in a news story, and that she did not hold any beliefs like that.
The exchange comes after the House voted along party lines to strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of her assignment to the Foreign Affairs Committee. While the debate between Greene and Ocasio-Cortez was certainly heated, it is important to remember that it is possible to have a civil and productive debate about policy differences. We can only hope that the two representatives will be able to come together and find common ground in the future.