This week, the political world has been abuzz with a feud between two U.S. lawmakers that has spilled onto social media. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have been trading barbs, with Greene accusing Ocasio-Cortez of lying about her on national television and Ocasio-Cortez accusing Greene of failing to do her job in Congress.
The feud began in the wake of Congress voting to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from a committee. Greene took to Twitter to accuse Ocasio-Cortez of being a “coward” and “lying about her on national television.” Ocasio-Cortez fired back, accusing Greene of failing to attend committee hearings. Greene then went on to personalize the feud, claiming that Ocasio-Cortez “wasn’t even good” at her job as a waitress and bartender before entering public office. Ocasio-Cortez responded by reminding Greene that they sit on the same committee and that Greene had “spent almost no time” there.
The controversy surrounding Rep. Omar began when she accused some Jewish Americans of having “allegiance to a foreign country,” which was perceived as antisemitic. She also downplayed the 9/11 terrorist attacks and likened the U.S. and Israel to terror groups Hamas and the Taliban. As a result, Congress approved a resolution to remove Omar from the Foreign Relations Committee, with Republicans claiming her past comments made her unsuitable for the post. Democrats accused Republicans of racism, with Omar saying, “Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
The war of words between Ocasio-Cortez and Greene has been the latest development in the ongoing saga of Omar’s removal from the Foreign Relations Committee. It remains to be seen how the situation will play out, but one thing is certain: the feud between these two lawmakers is far from over.