U.S Congress Oversight Committee and “The Jerry Springer Show”

U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jasmine Crockett, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photos courtesy of Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images via Shutterstock ; Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images; Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images

Dear Commons Community,

Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jasmine Crockett, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez do not appear to get along is an understatement such that Thursday’s House Oversight Committee Meeting floor proceedings looked more like trashy reality TV and started when Republican lawmaker Greene from Georgia leveled a personal insult against fellow congresswoman Crockett of Texas.

The fireworks began after Crockett asked Greene to clarify how claims she made connecting the judge presiding over Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in New York City to Democratic officials in the House were relevant to Thursday’s itinerary.

“I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading,” Greene replied to Crockett.

The fight — which erupted during a House Oversight Committee meeting meant to review resolutions to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress — was quickly joined by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who angrily demanded Greene’s comments be struck from the record.

“That is absolutely unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez snapped. “How dare you attack the physical appearance of another person?”

Greene then mockingly asked Ocasio-Cortez if her feelings were hurt, which struck another nerve.

“Oh girl, baby girl, don’t even play with me,” Ocasio-Cortez from New York’s 14th district shot back.

Top committee Democrat Jamie Rankin smirked as his Republican counterpart, Rep. James Comer, ruled Greene’s comments didn’t constitute a personal attack and tried to continue the hearing as intended.

But Crockett wasn’t having it.

“I’m just curious, just to better understand your ruling,” she interjected before making an obvious reference to Greene. “If someone on this committee then starts talking about somebody’s bleach blond, bad-built, butch body, that would not be engaging in personalities. Correct?”

On Friday, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson — whom Greene unsuccessfully attempted to remove from his post last week — said Thursday’s debacle was “not a good look for Congress,” according to MSNBC. Democrat Jaime Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, says it’s “worth investigating” whether lawmakers were drinking during Thursday’s explosive hearing, after rumors circulated that noncommittee members were intoxicated.

Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman wrote on social media on Friday.  “In the past, I’ve described the U.S. House as ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’ Today, I’m apologizing to ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’ ”

Tony

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