**FILE** A Thursday night session of the House Oversight Committee descended into Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Geene hurling personal attacks to Texas Democrat Rep. Jasmine Crockett (pictured) and New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Shedrick Pelt @sdotpdotmedia/The 老澳门开奖网 Informer)
**FILE** A Thursday night session of the House Oversight Committee descended into Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Geene hurling personal attacks to Texas Democrat Rep. Jasmine Crockett (pictured) and New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Shedrick Pelt @sdotpdotmedia/The 老澳门开奖网 Informer)

A Thursday night session of the House Oversight Committee intended to discuss a resolution recommending Attorney General Merrick Garland be held in contempt of Congress, descended into chaos amid personal attacks and partisan bickering. 

The rare evening session took a contentious turn when MAGA Republican and rabid Donald Trump supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia responded to a question from Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) with a personal remark. 

鈥淚 think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you鈥檙e reading,鈥 Greene said, attacking Crockett鈥檚 appearance.

Democrats immediately reacted negatively to the remark, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) leading the charge. She demanded that Greene retract her comments and offer Crockett an apology. 

鈥淭hat is absolutely unacceptable,鈥 Ocasio-Cortez declared amid the crosstalk. 鈥淗ow dare you attack the physical appearance of another person?鈥

Greene, undeterred, taunted Ocasio-Cortez, asking, 鈥淎re your feelings hurt?鈥 

Ocasio-Cortez responded sharply, 鈥淥h, girl? Baby girl, don鈥檛 even play.鈥

Just minutes later, Greene attacked Ocasio-Cortez鈥檚 intelligence, challenging her to a debate and asserting, 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have enough intelligence.鈥 This prompted audible groans from other members.

During the contentious exchange, political pundits and others couldn鈥檛 help but to note the difference between Crockett and Greene. 

The Texas Democrat has routinely demonstrated her passion for justice and the protection of rights and has platformed criminal justice reform. 

Meanwhile, Greene remains a lighting rod for what鈥檚 plaguing government servants. In March of 2022, numerous Georgia voters filed legal challenges to her reelection campaign, alleging that she was disqualified from public office because she helped to facilitate the January 6, 2021, insurrection. 

鈥淭he way she represents herself 鈥 seems unhinged to Republicans, but Greene is twice as destructive,鈥 USA Today opinion columnist Nicole Russell wrote. 鈥淕reene has a history of incendiary behavior, banned from Twitter and stripped of committee assignments in 2021, she even adopted QAnon conspiracy theories and used violent rhetoric against political foes.鈥

Despite agreeing to strike her comments toward Crockett, Greene refused to apologize for her remarks. 

鈥淵ou will never get an apology out of me,鈥 she declared. 

Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) ruled that Greene鈥檚 insult did not violate House rules, which led to further disputes. When Democratic ranking member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) attempted to appeal this ruling, Republicans moved to table his appeal.

Following the vote, Crockett sought clarification on the committee鈥檚 standards regarding personal attacks. 

鈥淚f someone on this committee then starts talking about somebody鈥檚 bleach blonde, bad-built, butch body, that would not be engaging in personalities, correct,鈥 Crockett asked, causing another uproar.

The controversy moved Comer to admit, 鈥淚 have two hearing aids. I鈥檓 very deaf. I鈥檓 not understanding 鈥 everybody鈥檚 yelling. I鈥檓 doing the best I can.鈥

Comer later agreed to strike Greene鈥檚 insult of Ocasio-Cortez from the record, and Democrats pushed to enforce rules that would prevent Greene from speaking for the remainder of the hearing. However, Republicans voted to allow her to continue speaking. After a short recess, Comer reminded members to adhere to the House鈥檚 standard of decorum.

Greene was ultimately recognized to speak for over four minutes, reiterating her refusal to apologize. 鈥淚 will not apologize for my words, and I will not change them,鈥 she said.

Nearly an hour after the disruptions began, the committee returned to the original agenda of debating whether Garland should be held in contempt of Congress for not providing audio recordings of President Joe Biden鈥檚 interview with special counsel Robert Hur regarding classified documents.

The session had been moved from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate members who attended former President Donald Trump鈥檚 trial in New York. 

Despite the turmoil, the committee voted 24-20 along party lines to recommend holding Garland in contempt. House Speaker Mike Johnson鈥檚 office has yet to announce when the resolution will be presented to the full House.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The 老澳门开奖网 Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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