Bush (Missouri) said in a Friday Twitter post that Taylor Greene and her staff “berated” her “in a hallway” in the Capitol earlier this month, adding “I’m moving my office away from hers for my team’s safety.”
Taylor Greene soon shot back, insisting to her followers that “Bush is lying to you” and that the Democrat instead approached her first, sharing a video she recorded at the time of the exchange. “Maybe Rep. Bush didn’t realize I was live on video, but I have the receipts,” she said.
The clip begins with Taylor Greene speaking into her phone about the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, apparently addressing a livestream, before voices are heard shouting in the background, calling on Taylor Greene to “put on a mask.” The Republican, who had her face covering pulled down around her chin, complied, but responded saying “don’t yell at people” and “stop being a hypocrite.”
About an hour after she was accused of lying, Bush took to Twitter with a lengthier statement, this time acknowledging that Taylor Greene had, in fact, “responded” to her calls to fix her mask. She nonetheless continued to claim she was “berated” by a “loud and unmasked” Taylor Greene, also stating the GOP rep had “lashed out” at her on Twitter and made her a “target” online.
Bush has repeatedly accused Taylor Greene and other Republicans of inciting the Capitol riot earlier this month, which saw a crowd of supporters of former president Donald Trump force entry into the building. She has introduced a resolution calling on the House Ethics Committee to probe whether any lawmakers “violated their oath of office” in contesting the victory of Joe Biden, suggesting any who did should be removed from Congress. She reiterated that demand on Friday, implying Taylor Greene deserves “expulsion” from the House.
Elected to Congress in November after her Democratic challenger dropped from the race, Taylor Greene has quickly made a name for herself among party backers and critics alike. While she rode into office with support from then-president Trump, her detractors have been quick to blast her for previous comments endorsing the QAnon conspiracy movement, as well as her vocal skepticism in Biden’s election win. As one of her first major acts in the House, Taylor Greene introduced an article of impeachment against the new president some 24 hours into his term, alleging he is “unfit” to serve, a long-shot effort that nonetheless shot her name into the headlines.
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