Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
(R-GA) was spotted trailing and yelling after Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
in the House this week, but it wasn't the first time she tried to get in the New York congresswoman's face.
Greene filmed a visit to Ocasio-Cortez's Capitol
Hill offices in February 2019, according to CNN
's KFile, who also posted a copy of the video to YouTube
after it was removed from Facebook
In the video, Greene and several others wander around Capitol Hill, asking where to find the congresswoman's office. When they arrive, the door is locked, so they resort to shouting through a brass mail slot and drawing in the congresswoman's guest book. Greene also mispronounces "Ocasio" throughout.
Greene, who was a businesswoman at the time, says in the video, "I do not support your socialist policies, and I do not support your murderous abortion policies."
“You need to stop being a baby and locking your door, and come out and face the American citizens that you serve,” she says, adding, “If you want to be a big girl, you have to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens.”
Greene declared her candidacy for Georgia
's 6th Congressional District less than four months later.
A man in a read hat is also seen approaching the mail slot and speaking through it in the video.
“Tag, you're it!... Can you come out and play?” he says, laughing and turning away.
Greene is then seen drawing a border wall
in Ocasio-Cortez's guest book, which was proposed by then-President Donald Trump
New: A since-deleted video from 2019 shows MTG harassing @AOC's office through a locked door, calling her "crazy eyes" and telling her through the office's mailbox slot to "get rid of your diaper" while telling the office to open the door and come out. https://t.co/QgcJucs4o8 pic.twitter
Since being elected in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has been the target of death
threats and harassment from far-right members of the Republican Party
in New York's 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.
In a tweet on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the newly discovered video.
“The fact that Kevin McCarthy
, the House @GOPleader, stripped Justin Amash of all committee seats for criticizing Trump, but has worked to protect this person from consequences (including pretending he doesn’t see it) tells you that this is happening with GOP leadership’s support,” she wrote.
Rep. Justin Amash left the Republican Party in 2019 following a public spat with GOP leadership over Trump and his policies.
Ocasio-Cortez also told NBC
reporter Julie Tsirkin that Greene "needs some help" from a "proper professional."
>@AOC tells me that @mtgreenee “needs some help... at this point, I think the depth of that illness has raised concerns for other members as well, and so I think that this is an assessment that needs to be made by the proper professional.”— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) May 14, 2021
Despite the fact that voters
ousted Trump from the White House
, the former president retains a firm grip on the Republican Party. House Republicans
voted this week to remove Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) from her leadership position, replacing her with Rep. Elise Stefanik
(R-N.Y.), whom Trump had endorsed for the No. 3 spot.
Greene, who was sworn in as a member of Congress in January, has been repeatedly chastised for inappropriate behavior, including past violent and anti-Semitic comments and consistent support for conspiracy theories. She has spoken out in support of QAnon, the conspiracy theory that claims an elite pedophile ring controls the country but can be stopped by Trump.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with her for approximately 90 minutes in early February, shortly before House Democrats
led a vote to remove Greene from her committee assignments and shortly after Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
offered veiled criticism of her “loony lies.”
The video obtained by CNN this week is similar to one Greene posted to her Facebook page in March 2019. In it, she harasses teen gun control
activist David Hogg on a Washington, D.C. street.
Hogg became an activist after a gunman killed 17 people
at his Florida
high school in February 2018. In her video, Greene can be seen yelling questions at the teen while he ignores her and continues walking.
Greene was spotted following Ocasio-Cortez out of the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon, according to two Washington Post reporters, and yelled at her colleague, accusing her of supporting “terrorists,” a term apparently used in reference to anti-racism activists.
Greene's behavior was described as "egregious" by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
, who said Thursday that the incident could result in a House ethics investigation.
Greene has been attempting to arrange a public debate between herself and Ocasio-Cortez to discuss the Green New Deal
, a progressive proposal to combat climate change
while creating jobs
in the United States. Last month, Greene boasted that she had read “all 14 pages” of the proposal.