According to CNN, the video begins with Greene and his gang of bullies filming themselves on their way to the AOC office saying: “We’re going to go see, we’re going to visit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Hazelnut.” Greene is accompanied by Anthony Aguero, a conservative activist who took part in the January 6 uprising. Aguero told CNN he was on Capitol Hill as a “freelance reporter,” but video shows he participated by cheering on the crowd outside as they walked through police guards. Additional video from inside the Capitol showed Aguero inside the building.
The new video below picks up as they find AOC’s office and discover the door is locked. Undeterred, Greene kneels down and begins to harass AOC and his staff through the letter slot, delivering a bizarre speech that begins with poor pronunciation of Ocasio-Cortez, a microaggression in and of itself. Greene continues to announce, “I am an American citizen; I pay your wages through the taxes you collect from me through the IRS because I am a taxpayer citizen of the United States. I am a woman, I am a woman business owner, and I am proud to be an American woman. “
Let’s stop there for a second, because the innuendo is that Greene is a real American and Ocasio-Cortez is something else. All his speech is marked by racism. She proceeds with a rant about abortion, then turns to direct bullying.
“And I don’t support your socialist policies and I don’t support your murderous abortion policies. As a mother of three, I am appalled by New York’s abortion law and it must stop and it must stop now. You bring God’s judgment to our country and I am against him and my friends. So you have to stop being a baby and stop locking your door and go out and face the American citizens you serve. If you want to be a big girl you have to get rid of your diaper and go out and be able to talk to the citizens of the United States instead of us having to use a flap. A small flap [she swings the mail slot open and shut]. “
After Greene gave his letter slot speech, Aguero and another member of Greene’s party moved into a second office door and began taunting staff, saying: “You can’t stay in there forever. Come and play.”
Greene’s behavior is worrying to say the least. And this latest video is another in a catalog of documented incidents of Greene harassing not only AOC, but other members of Congress as well – Rep. Cori Bush, who was forced to move to another office due to Greene’s harassment; Rep. Rashida Talib; be p. Ilhan Omar. Of course, you’ll notice that Greene’s targets are all women of color. His racist and intimidating behavior towards these women has been going on for three years now. It’s not just toxic behavior, it’s in endangered territory.
For her part, Ocasio-Cortez says she is clearly concerned about the sanity of Greene, who is also said to have fallen into QAnon plots.
Harassing and bullying behavior is not just aimed at “the team”. Greene has previously harassed Parkland High School student David Hogg as he lobbied for gun reform after the mass shooting at his school.
So what exactly does it take to be censored or kicked out of Congress? If Greene continues, she’ll likely find out. We may disagree with Republicans, but neither of us would support a Democratic member of Congress who behaved in this way towards Republicans. The floor of the House of Representatives is where the debate is supposed to take place, without chasing members down the halls and calling them childish nicknames and terrorist sympathizers. The House must address Greene’s behavior, and if the Republican Party had any ethical or moral guidance, it would lead the calls for the eviction. There should be no room for this toxic, racist and intimidating behavior in any workplace.