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Marjorie Taylor Greene kicks Gen-Z activist, video appears to show

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) appeared to kick an unarmed protester during a standoff outside the Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

Videos posted on Twitter by Greene and the activist group Gen Z Voters of Tomorrow show Greene leaving a news conference as activists question him about gun violence. As Greene approaches a crosswalk, she appears to kick one of the activists, who was walking in front of her.

“Excuse me,” says Greene as at first he appears to step on protester Mariana Pecora’s foot.

“Excuse me,” Greene says again, this time after appearing to intentionally draw his foot back and aim for Pecora’s leg.

“Oh my gosh,” Pecora, 18, is seen saying in the videos.

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“You can’t block out members of Congress,” Greene’s director of communications, Nick Dyer, told Pecora, even though Greene was engaging in conversation with her.

Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The confrontation began around 5 pm ET, when the House conservative Freedom Caucus, of which Greene is a member, held a news conference to discuss a government funding bill being debated in the Senate.

As lawmakers were leaving the event, Santiago Mayer, the 20-year-old founder of Voters of Tomorrow, approached Greene and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), another caucus member, and asked them to take a photo and affirm that be a “huge fan,” a Washington Post reporter observed at the event.

But both members quickly recognized Mayer as an activist. Boebert pushed Mayor’s smartphone away and quickly left. Instead, Greene justified with the activist group and accused Mayer of abusing children.

Mayer told The Washington Post that the accusation came after he asked her if she had a plan to protect children from school shootings.

“You’re helping kids get shot at school,” Mayer told Greene.

The lawmaker, who has criticized gun control regulations to ban firearms in certain public places, responded by saying he should simply “move to another country.”

“I asked him if his official position as a member of Congress was that I should move to another country if I didn’t want children shot,” Mayer said.

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He said Greene refused to answer that query. That’s when Pecora stepped in, and the videos seem to show that the incident took a physical turn. The congresswoman, Mayer said, also called the group of activists “cowards.”

Mayer, who is a Mexican immigrant, said she doesn’t know if her slight accent hinted at Greene, prompting her to suggest he move to another country. However, after the incident, Greene took aim at Mayer and his nationality. On twittercalling him a “paid political activist, who happens to be blessed to have immigrated to our great country.”

“You should respect and be grateful for American freedoms, like our 2A, instead of trying to destroy them,” he said. “If you don’t like it, you can come back.”

Mayer is a grassroots organizer who founded Voters of Tomorrow at age 17 to encourage his American peers to vote and participate more civically. He said he, Pecora and other members of the Gen Z-led group were on Capitol Hill Thursday to “talk to members of Congress about what Gen Z’s priorities are.” They had just left a meeting with the House Rules Committee when they ran into the Freedom Caucus.

Mayer said he and Pecora have not yet discussed whether to press charges against Greene. Pecora, he said, was physically fine after being kicked, albeit slightly shaken.

“It’s been kind of chaotic,” Mayer said. “She’s… a little shocked that a member of Congress would try to kick her.”

Greene has a history of heated confrontations around the Capitol.

In 2019, before she was elected to Congress, she harassed David Hogg, a then-teenage gun control activist and survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, as he walked the grounds to meet with lawmakers.

Greene followed Hogg for several blocks as he repeated untruths about the events at his high school, where 17 people were killed in the 2018 attack. As Hogg crosses a street, Greene turns to another person filming the encounter and calls Hogg “a coward”.

In 2021, Greene accosted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) in a Capitol hallway and accused her of supporting “terrorists.” Two subsequent reporters witnessed the interaction, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to ask congressional leaders to review her security posture to protect elected officials.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”

Ocasio-Cortez didn’t pause to respond to Greene, only turning around once and throwing her hands up in the air in an exasperated motion.

House Democrats have reprimanded Greene for her behavior and voted in 2021 to strip her of committee assignments.

Greene previously said that blacks “are slaves to the Democratic Party” and claimed that Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — the first two Muslim women elected to Congress — represented “an Islamic invasion of our government offices.” He, too, has repeatedly compared liberal lawmakers to Nazis, and continued to do so even after Republican leaders warned him to stop.

Marianna Sotomayor contributed to this report.


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