AOC doesn’t seem to want any part of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s demand for a knockdown, drag-out debate over the Green New Deal.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn’t respond after the far right-wing Georgia Republican approached her on the floor of the House of Representatives and made an unconfirmed claim that AOC had accepted a challenge to a debate.
“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time,” Greene tweeted late Wednesday.
On Thursday, Greene added that she was done perusing what she called AOC’s climate-friendly “communists manifesto” (the Karl Marx tome is actually called the Communist Manifesto).
Using the hashtag #MTGvsAOC, Greene reiterated that she was ready for a verbal face-off.
Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to the tweets or a request for comment.
The spat came as President Biden hosted a global Climate Summit from the White House. Biden vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, marking a dramatic return to the climate fight after four years of inaction under former President Trump.
The debate would pit two polarizing figures from diametrically opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, known for her outspoken views about the environment and racial justice, is a powerful voice in the growing progressive movement on Capitol Hill. The second-term congresswoman represents a deep-blue district spanning the Bronx and Queens and has not ruled out running for U.S. Senate.
An unapologetic supporter of Trump, Greene represents a heavily Republican swath of rural northwest Georgia. She makes no secret of her right-wing views and support for the QAnon conspiracy theory.