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Congress Suddenly Erupts Into Chaos Amid Hearing-House of representatives

Chaos reigned during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday after Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked a Democratic lawmaker over her eyelashes.

The personal attack, which was directed at Texas Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett, was leveled while the committee considered a resolution to recommend that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland be found in contempt of Congress over defying a congressional subpoena.

Early on in the hearing, Democrats, including Ranking Member Jamie Raskin, denounced Republicans for delaying the hearing while several GOP members attended former President Donald Trump‘s business fraud trial in New York City. Raskin’s comments were repeatedly interrupted by Greene, which eventually devolved into the congresswoman getting into testy exchanges with other Democrats on the committee.

At one point, Greene directs a question across the aisle, asking if any Democratic members “are employing” the daughter of New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who is overseeing Trump’s criminal case. Crockett responded, “What does that have to do with Garland? Do you know what we’re here for?”

“I don’t think you know what we’re here for,” Greene said back. “I think your fake eyelashes are messing up your reading.”

Greene’s comment prompted Chairman James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, to call for order.

New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez jumped in to defend Crockett, asking that Greene’s comment be stricken from the record and calling it “absolutely unacceptable.” Greene chimed back, “Are your feelings hurt? Aw.”

Greene eventually agreed to have her comments stricken but told lawmakers that she would not “apologize.” Under House rules regarding decorum during debates, members are not allowed to make comments directed at another lawmaker’s “personality.” Comer ruled that Greene’s comments were “un-decorous.”

The exchange was not over, however, with Crockett taking a shot at Greene’s appearance shortly after.

“I’m just curious, just to better understand your ruling,” Crockett said, directing her comments to Comer. “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?”

Crockett’s statements were then interrupted by Florida GOP Representative Anna Paulina Luna, who asked to strike the statement from the record and told her fellow committee members, “We’re not going to do this.” The comment sparked yelling from several Democrats.

“So MTG wanted to talk about my appearance in COMMITTEE?!” Crockett said in a statement to X, formerly Twitter, later in the night. “It’s against the rules to do … She refused to apologize! The chairman ruled that it was ok …”

“AND I asked for clarification about what qualifies as ‘engaging in personalities’
& basically wanted to know if I could talk s*** about her appearance as … well … y’all know what she looks like, right?” Crockett continued. “PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES! This is what happens when mentally deficient people who can’t read and follow rules or just don’t give a damn … somehow end up in CONGRESS!”

Greene at one point later in the hearing quipped that she thought her “body is pretty good,” noting that she turns 50 years old in June.

Doha Madani

Doha Madani is a senior breaking news reporter for NKY News.

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