Freshman U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has faced mounting criticism in recent days over prior statements in social media posts and videos.
She has also been accused of instigating an altercation with a colleague, but Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) has been caught in an apparent lie about the incident.
“Berated me in a hallway”
Bush had claimed that Greene started the contentious interaction in the halls of Congress, but she likely did not count on the Georgia Republican later producing video evidence of the entire ordeal.
In a Twitter post on Friday, Bush claimed that Greene “berated” her to such an extent that she felt it necessary to move her congressional office further away from her GOP colleague.
At the time, Bush wrote: “A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway. She targeted me & others on social media. I’m moving my office away from hers for my team’s safety.”
She separately tweeted that the altercation began when Greene accosted her in the wake of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill earlier in the month.
“On Jan. 13 — after members tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down with her on Jan. 6 — Marjorie Taylor Greene came up from behind me, loud and unmasked,” Bush, a Black Lives Matter organizer, wrote, attaching to her tweet an official statement on the matter.
“Stop inciting violence”
Bush claimed that she “called out” to the other congresswoman to put on her mask, alleging that a Greene staffer yelled back at her, “Stop inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.”
Perhaps to her chagrin, however, Greene has since produced video footage of the incident, which she posted on Twitter in the wake of the accusatory tweets.
The GOP lawmaker wrote of Bush: “She is lying to you. She berated me. Maybe Rep. Bush didn’t realize I was live on video, but I have the receipts.”
As the accompanying video appears to reveal, Bush did start the altercation and was the only individual involved in berating or attacking a political rival. The two legislators exchanged words following the discourteous encounter.
Subsequent reports indicate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ultimately intervened in the tense situation. Pelosi also apparently assisted Bush in her effort to have her office moved away from Greene’s.