New Squad member Rep. Cori Bush stated she’s transferring her Washington workplace location to get far-off from controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over “security” issues, however Greene says Bush’s claims are “lies” that may be confirmed false by video.
Bush, D-Mo., and Greene, R-Ga., are each freshman reps who’ve places of work on the identical ground within the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing close to the Capitol.
“A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her workers berated me in a hallway,” Bush tweeted Friday. “She focused me & others on social media. I am transferring my workplace away from hers for my workforce’s security.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ordered the room change following Bush’s safety issues. “This room project change was by the direct order of the Speaker upon request by Rep. Bush,” a Pelosi aide informed Fox Information.
Bush’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request in regards to the alleged altercation with Greene that prompted issues for her security.
However Greene stated she’s solely had one encounter with Bush in Washington and it was all caught on video.
“She is straight up mendacity,” Greene informed Fox Information of Bush’s claims.
The day of the impeachment vote on Jan. 13, Greene went stay on Fb as she strolling to the Capitol and talking out in opposition to the second impeachment of Trump and criticizing the Home guidelines requiring members to put on masks throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Greene pulls down her masks within the video.
“Observe the principles and placed on a masks!” somebody is heard yelling to Greene as she’s strolling in a tunnel to the Capitol. Greene stated that it was Bush confronting her simply after the 2-minute mark of her live video.
Considered one of Greene’s staffers responded by telling Bush to “Cease inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.” Bush was a racial justice activist earlier than coming to Congress.
“Do not yell at folks,” Greene then tells Bush.
Bush repeats the decision for Greene to placed on a masks.
Greene tells Bush that Democrats should not carry Covid-positive members to Washington.
“Cease being a hypocrite,” Greene shouts again.
Greene pulls up her masks, continues to stroll and retains the stay stream going. “That is how it’s right here now,” Greene says in the video.
“That is arguing with my Democrat … supposed colleague,” Greene says.
Greene informed Fox Information that she feels “fortunate” that she has the encounter on video to show that she didn’t instigate the confrontation with Bush.
“Cori Bush, she’s accusing me of attacking her and claiming she’s bought to transfer her workplace. No. That is loopy,” Greene stated. “I am simply so fortunate that I used to be really ranting and raving about that stuff on Fb Stay that I’ve that video.
“I do not want hurt on anyone, not even my worst enemy,” Greene added. “That is nuts. I’ve by no means talked to her aside from this. And she began it by screaming at me.”
Bush’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the video, however a subsequent assertion Bush posted on Twitter confirms it was certainly the Jan. 13 interplay with Greene and her staffer within the tunnel that was Bush’s trigger for concern, coupled with Greene’s earlier social media postings.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene got here up from behind me, ranting loudly into her cellphone whereas not sporting a masks,” Bush wrote. “This passed off someday after a number of of my Home colleagues introduced that they had examined constructive for COVID-19 after being in a room with Taylor Greene throughout the white supremacist assault on the Capitol.”
Bush stated she repeatedly known as for Greene to put on a masks, and Greene and her workers “responded by berating me, with one staffer yelling, ‘Cease inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.'”
Bush additionally known as out Greene’s earlier social media posts that she stated constituted “repeated endorsements of executing Democratic politicians,” which had been recently unearthed by CNN. She additionally cited Greene’s tweet earlier this month accusing Bush of main a mob that known as for “the rape, homicide, and burning of the house” of the McCloskey household in St. Louis — “thus naming me as a goal for her Twitter followers.”
“All of this led to my determination to maneuver my workplace away from Taylor Greene’s for the protection of my workforce,” Bush stated.
Bush has led an effort to get members of Congress faraway from workplace who she claims helped incite the riot on the Capitol on Jan. 6 that left 5 folks useless together with a Capitol Police officer. She pressed once more for expulsion in her tweet in opposition to Greene on Friday.
“I’ve known as for the expulsion of members who incited the riot from Day 1. Deliver H.Res 25 to a vote,” Bush tweeted.
Greene has been focused by Democrats for removing from workplace for her makes an attempt with former President Trump to problem the 2020 election outcomes by claiming fraud and becoming a member of “Cease the Steal” efforts. Extra lately, she’s been targeted for expulsion for her previous statements on social media the place she reportedly signifies help for executing outstanding Democratic politicians, together with Pelosi, and prompt the mass taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College was a “false flag” deliberate occasion.
Greene stated the push by Bush and left are the most recent efforts to attempt to cancel her and her constituents in crimson Northwest Georgia.
Greene stated she at all times informed pro-Trump supporters to behave peacefully and she or he by no means condoned violence of any form.
“I might by no means even take into account hurting anyone. By no means,” Greene stated. “And I’ve by no means carried a gun in Washington DC, not as soon as. … They’re all at dwelling in Georgia.”
Pelosi on Thursday stated that members of Congress usually are not solely dealing with threats from the skin however are additionally in danger from members of Congress who wish to carry weapons on the ground and have threatened violence in opposition to their colleagues, saying “the enemy is inside the Home of Representatives.”
Pelosi positioned blame on GOP Home management for elevating Greene to the Home Training and Labor Committee regardless of her stance to “mock” faculty shootings: “It is actually past the pale,” Pelosi stated.
GOP Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was to have a dialogue with Greene about her reportedly denying the Parkland and Sandy Hook faculty shootings, which led to the demise of 37 school-aged college students.
A spokesperson for McCarthy informed Fox Information’ Bret Baier that the “feedback are deeply disturbing and Chief McCarthy plans to have a dialog with the Congresswoman about them.”
Greene declined to debate her personal conversations with management however stated the GOP wants to stay collectively.
“The left is working the identical playbook on me and others that they did on President Trump,” Greene stated. “They usually used that playbook to take him out. They usually’re making an attempt to do the identical factor to us. And I believe Republicans have gotten to face collectively and be robust and never permit any of us to get canceled.”
“That is their complete plan,” Greene continued. “They’re creating these lies and making an attempt to create this picture about us, that No. 1 we had one thing to do with that horrible assault on the Capitol which was terrible. … They do not wish to acknowledge that we had been victims too.”
Fox Information Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.