The two high-profile representatives are at odds over the House’s new committee appointments, especially Rep. Ilhan Omar’s removal from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Marjorie Taylor Green, who was engaging in 9/11 conspiracy theories, Kevin McCarthy appointed her to the Homeland Security Committee,” AOC told CNN. “So there is really no consistency here and it needs to be very well known that he is targeting of Ilhan Omar because he finds it easy. The Republican base finds it politically self-rewarding.”
MTG responded, saying that AOC was running her mouth “like a teenaged girl.”
“I have repeatedly asked you to debate me, but you have been a coward and can’t even respond,” MTG tweeted. “When are you going to be an adult and actually debate me on policy instead of run your mouth like a teenage girl?”
AOC took the bait, criticizing MTG for spending “almost no time” in Congress and making hyperbolic claims when she did show up.
“Hey there! In case you forgot, we sit on the same committee, which debated for the first time this week. I don’t blame you if you forgot. You spent almost no time there. In the few minutes you did show up, you claimed one elementary school got *$5billion dollars* to teach CRT,” AOC tweeted.
MTG, you guessed it, responded.
“Yeah it’s busy in the majority remember that?” MTG tweeted, “So can you explain why you sickos in NY abused Covid relief funds for things like Drag Queen story time? Was it a good time to brainwash kids and lie to them about gender when your state forced them to stay home from school?”
Gotta give MTG some credit, she stays on brand and on message even when the conversation is about something else entirely.
Leveraging Social Media
I’ve got a feeling there’s a bit of a wink-wink thing going on here between AOC and MTG. I don’t doubt that the two representatives dislike each other and loathe one another’s cultural positions. But both representatives understand the value of a good Twitter spat.
Both MTG and AOC seem a little too eager to indulge one another in what is, roughly, pure nonsense. Undoubtedly, MTG knows that her base loves nothing more than to watch her be rude online to AOC – it’s a vicarious high for them. And similarly, AOC knows that her base loves nothing more than to watch her be rude online to MTG – it’s a vicarious high for them, too.
The end result is two representatives squabbling on Twitter instead of legislating.
Omar is Angry Too
The Twitter feud spun out of control so quickly that you may not recall the original dispute: Ilhan Omar’s removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar, for her part, is not happy with the decision.
“I am an American, an American who was sent here by her constituents to represent them in Congress,” Omar said. “Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.