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AOC said Marjorie Taylor Greene is 'deeply unwell' after a video of Greene taunting her through a letterbox resurfaced
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is "deeply unwell" Friday.
  • Earlier, a 2019 video had resurfaced of Greene taunting her through her office door.
  • On Wednesday, Greene hounded AOC through the halls of Congress, screaming about "radical socialism."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is "deeply unwell" after a 2019 video emerged of Greene taunting her through her office mail slot.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments to CNN Friday when asked about another recent incident in which Greene had aggressively pursued her through the halls of Congress and screamed at her about her support for "terrorism" and "radical socialism," according to witnesses.

"This is a woman that's deeply unwell and clearly needs some help," Ocasio-Cortez said. "And her fixation has lasted for several years now."

She added that "the depth of that unwellness" is a concern to other members of Congress, and that the "proper professionals" need to make the assessment. Earlier, she had called Greene a "pretty belligerent person" and called for greater civility in Congress.



... Cellphone footage broadcast on Facebook live shows Greene and several companions outside Ocasio-Cortez' office. "We're going to go see — we're going to visit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Nutty. Cortez," says Greene.

Finding the door locked, Greene taunts the New York progressive through the letterbox, calling her a "baby" who needs to "get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens."

She and her followers then go on to write "traitor" and draw a border wall in Ocasio-Cortez' guest book.


... Greene was asked about the video Friday in an interview with Newsmax's Greg Kelly, who said to her it was "no big deal, quite frankly. It's a free country, you were expressing yourself."

Greene agreed, saying she had been engaging in some "citizen lobbying."

"We're the American people, we're the taxpayers, we should be able to go talk to members of Congress," she said. She said that she had talked through the mail slot because the office was locked.

"This is her pattern, she doesn't talk to anyone, she just hides in her office all day long and refuses to explain her policy," said Greene.

Greene's meteoric rise from ultra-conservative rightwing activist to member of Congress has been powered by an outspoken stance against Democratic progressives like Ocasio-Cortez, as Insider's David Levinthal has reported. The 2019 video shows how far back that animosity runs.

In response to the video, Ocasio-Cortez criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, in a tweet, for trying to protect Greene.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/mjt-deeply-unwell-says-aoc-after-unhinged-2019-video-emerged-2021-5

Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband received tax breaks on two Georgia homes. Married couples are only allowed one, investigation says
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband are accused of having two active homestead exemptions.
  • Homestead exemptions offer tax breaks to homeowners, but only one per married couple is permitted.
  • If the couple is found to be violating Georgia state law, they could face a fine of $12,000.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green has been accused of breaking Georgia state law by illegally filing for tax exemptions on separate homes in two different counties, according to an investigation by Atlanta's WSB-TV.

The investigation found that Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, WSB-TV said.

Property tax homestead exemptions offer significant tax breaks to homeowners. Married couples are only allowed to file for one exemption, according to Georgia law.

But the Greenes are reportedly receiving tax breaks on a property in North Fulton County and another $610,000 home in Floyd County, WSB-TV's investigative journalist Justin Gray said.

Greene told the reporter to "mind his own business" and dismissed the report as a "pathetic smear" in a statement, WSB-TV reported.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-allegedly-broke-georgia-law-get-tax-breaks-2021-5

How Marjorie Taylor Green became the Voldemort of Congress. Few lawmakers even want to say her name.
  • House members say they are done answering questions about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Democrats told Insider they were relieved they didn't have to work with her on committees.
  • Pelosi said the ethics committee may need to look into Greene's conduct after an incident with AOC.
Democrats don't want to say Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's name. Even some Republicans feel the same way.

In just four months, the firebrand Georgia Republican has established herself as something of a Voldemort on Capitol Hill. Mention her, and she gets only stronger. Ignore her, and pray that bad things don't happen.

Indeed, House members recently interviewed by Insider said they were sick of answering questions about one of their newest colleagues. Many said they were relieved they didn't have to work with her after the House's mostly party-line vote in February stripped her of assignments on the House Budget and Education and Labor committees.


"I don't understand what she's doing. I really don't. I'm glad I don't have to interact with her, and I don't waste any time thinking about her," Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat of Washington, said.

Greene only burnished her reputation as a Capitol Hill rabble-rouser after she aggressively confronted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just off the House floor Wednesday afternoon and was overheard by reporters berating the New York Democrat for pursuing "radical socialism."

Even some of Greene's GOP colleagues shied away from answering questions about that interaction. For their part, Democrats sounded like they were flabbergasted.

"I was relieved before this," Rep. John Yarmuth, who as chairman of the House Budget Committee would have had to work with Greene had she not lost her work assignments, told Insider. "As far as I can tell, she's here for all the wrong reasons. She is here just to make a show of herself. She's here for the theater."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was one of 11 Republicans to vote Greene off her committees. He criticized her latest outburst against Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, saying: "Some just want attention or cannot handle their emotions."


... Some Democrats think further discipline is necessary. During her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to Greene's confrontation as a "verbal assault" and "abuse" against Ocasio-Cortez and said the House Ethics Committee might need to take up the matter.

"This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection," she said.

Some lawmakers are pushing Congress to go even further. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat of California, wore a mask in the Capitol on Thursday that read, "EXPEL MTG."

Greene's removal from committees means she can't ask questions of Biden administration officials during hearings or shape legislation by offering amendments during committee markups.

That hasn't stopped her from trying to influence policy in America. Greene has introduced 11 bills in the House, according to Congress.gov, including a bill to reduce the $434,312 salary of Anthony Fauci, a longtime civil servant who clashed with President Donald Trump during the coronavirus pandemic. Another bill would ban discrimination against people who don't get their coronavirus shots, and a third would impeach President Joe Biden.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/mtg-marjorie-taylor-greene-congress-house-colleagues-sick-talking-2021-5

Rep. Liz Cheney, who was just ousted from House GOP leadership, says she now regrets voting for Trump in 2020
  • Liz Cheney told ABC News she now regrets her vote for Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
  • "It was a vote based on policy ... in terms of the kinds of policies he put forward," she said.
  • Cheney criticized House Republicans for ousting her to promote Rep. Elise Stefanik to leadership.
"I was never going to support [President] Joe Biden and I do regret the vote," Cheney told ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl. "It was a vote based on policy, based on substance and in terms of the kinds of policies he put forward that were good for the country. But I think it's fair to say that I regret the vote."

Cheney criticized House Republicans for promoting Stefanik to leadership, emphasizing that it was "dangerous" to elevate an individual who has continued to legitimize Trump's debunked election allegations.

"What does it say about the party choosing somebody to replace you, who was effectively chosen by Donald Trump and saying what he's been saying ... those very lies you were talking about?" she asked.

She added: "I think it's dangerous. I think that we have to recognize how quickly things can unravel. We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former president who has not conceded and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot function, cannot do the will of the people."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/liz-cheney-regrets-2020-trump-vote-election-false-claims-2021-5

Meghan McCain slams Marjorie Taylor Greene for making Republicans look like 'psychotic barbarians'
  • Meghan McCain has accused Marjorie Taylor Greene of "behaving like an animal."
  • She also said that Greene is making all Republicans look like "psychotic barbarians."
  • McCain's Twitter thread was in response to a 2019 video of Greene harassing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Meghan McCain slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for making all Republicans look like "psychotic barbarians," the conservative co-host of ABC's "The View" wrote on Twitter.

The daughter of the late Senator John McCain of Arizona also used the Twitter post to call out Greene for "behaving like an animal" in a now-deleted video of her antagonizing the New York lawmaker, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

... "You're behaving like an animal — harassing AOC like this only gives democrats what they want which is to paint all of us like we're psychotic barbarians," McCain wrote on Friday night.

"Aside from the fact that this is just abusive and abhorrent behavior from anyone, let alone a sitting member of Congress," she continued.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-makes-gop-look-like-barbarians-meghan-mccain-2021-5

Biden revokes Trump executive order for sculpture garden of 'American Heroes'
  • President Biden revoked Trump's executive order for a sculpture garden of "American Heroes."
  • Trump felt that a garden would blunt attempts to "erase our heroes, values and entire way of life."
  • Biden has issued a slew of executive orders since taking office in January.
President Joe Biden on Friday revoked several key executive orders issued by former President Donald Trump, notably the sculpture garden of "American Heroes" that the former president proposed on Independence Day last year in a nod to culturally conservative voters.

Biden scrapped Trump's vision of a "National Garden of American Heroes," which would have included statues of "historically significant Americans" and rose out of what many Republicans felt was an attempt to tear down monuments during the racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.

Trump's now-revoked order decried "dangerous anti-American extremism" and emphasized that the garden would be "America's answer to this reckless attempt to erase our heroes, values, and entire way of life."

The garden was slated to include a vast array of historical and cultural figures, from Crispus Attucks and Neil Armstrong to Amelia Earhart and Whitney Houston. Other figures that were set to be featured in the garden included Christopher Columbus, Harriet Tubman, former President Ronald Reagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among others.

... Biden also rescinded an order issued last June that directed the Department of Justice to prioritize prosecutions for individuals who vandalized federal monuments.


"These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal," the now-rescinded order read. "They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation."

Trump's orders came during a summer that was defined by protests against the legacy of discrimination against Black Americans in the United States.

The Black Lives Matter movement was elevated to national prominence for much of the year, and its push to address racial inequities throughout the country became a rallying cry for conservatives who disagreed with the premise of systemic racism.

Trump, who was vehemently opposed to the toppling or removal of Confederate monuments while in office, decried such actions as an erasure of American history.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-revokes-trump-executive-order-garden-of-american-heroes-2021-5

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's 'offended' by House Republicans minimizing the Capitol riot
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski criticized House GOP efforts to downplay the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
  • "I'm offended by that," Murkowski told CNN. "This was not a peaceful protest."
  • Murkowski said she would be open to backing an investigation examining the riot.
GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Friday said that she was "offended" by a number of House Republicans who have sought to minimize the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to CNN.

Murkowski, who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial for his role in the riot, slammed revisionist attempts to label the insurrectionist mob's actions as "a normal tourist visit."

"I'm offended by that," Murkowski told CNN. "This was not a peaceful protest. When somebody breaks and enters, and then just because you know they don't completely trash your house once you're inside does not mean that it has been peaceful. This was not a peaceful protest."

She added: "We got to get beyond that rhetoric and acknowledge that what happened were acts of aggression and destruction towards an institution, and there were some people intent on (harming) the people that were part of that institution."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/lisa-murkowski-rejects-house-republicans-downplaying-capitol-riot-investigation-2021-5

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.


Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.