US Rep. Cori Bush said Friday that she was moving her office away from that of fellow freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “for my team’s safety.”
Democrat congresswoman Bush wrote that a maskless Greene and her staff “berated me in a hallway,” and wrote later that past Greene tweets have made her feel unsafe.
The Republican congresswoman responded with a tweet of her own saying Bush was lying and that “She berated me,” posting video of the exchange.
Greene, who has a history of incendiary social media posts, also described Bush, who is Black, as the leader of a “terrorist mob” of Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Greene has drawn fire for past social media posts reported by various news organizations in which she’s suggested support for killing Democratic politicians, unfounded QAnon theories and racist views.
In an interview on MSNBC, Bush said she shouted “put on a mask” and Greene’s team responded by saying “stop inciting violence with Black Lives Matter.”
“What does Black Lives Matter have to do with this? Put on a mask and save lives,” Bush said in the interview.
Bush is now one of Congress’ most progressive members. She has sponsored a measure that could lead to expulsion for lawmakers who — like Greene — backed Trump’s unjustified effort to reverse his November election defeat.
Greene, a freshman Republican from Georgia who made waves during the campaign for her promotion of the baseless, convoluted QAnon conspiracy theory, came under fire this week over newly unearthed social media posts in which she implicated “Rothschild Inc” in connection with a deadly forest fire that, she wrote, was started using laser beams from space.
The Republican Jewish Coalition said the latest revelation about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories embraced by Greene were “indefensible and unacceptable.”
Additionally, numerous Democrats have now said they are wary of GOP colleagues who’ve said they carry guns in Washington.
Republicans have bristled at new screening devices installed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that lawmakers are required to pass through when entering the House chamber, where carrying firearms is not allowed.
“The enemy is within the House of Representatives,” Pelosi told reporters this week in a chilling characterization of Congress’ internal tensions. She cited “members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”
The acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda D. Pittman, said this week that “vast improvements” are needed to protect the Capitol and adjacent office buildings, including permanent fencing. Since January 6, the Capitol has been surrounded by a tall barrier and the grounds are patrolled by National Guard troops.
Many lawmakers have long resisted giving the nation’s symbol of democracy the look of a besieged compound, and leaders were noncommittal about permanent fencing.
US President Joe Biden is in “close touch” with Pelosi about congressional security, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Trump backers smashed their way into the US Capitol after a morning speech in which he urged them to go there as Congress formally affirmed Joe Biden’s election victory. That riot left five people dead and prompted the House to impeach him for inciting insurrection, for which he faces a Senate trial in February.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.