Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was charged with kicking a teenage activist outside the Capitol on Thursday.
In a video-captured confrontation Greene posted to her own Twitter account, the hardline Republican can be seen in physical contact with 18-year-old Marianna Pecora during a sidewalk argument about gun violence.
“Oh my God,” said a stunned Pecora, deputy director of communications for the Gen Z Voters of Tomorrow group. She later tweeted, “@RepMTG just kicked me.”
The clash came as Pecora and Santiago Mayer, the founder of Voters of Tomorrow, confronted Greene about gun violence after he appeared at a press conference held by members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus .
Greene appears to make a move with his leg, and Pecora, walking in front of Greene, stumbles forward.
“You can’t block members of Congress,” Greene’s communications director Nick Dyer told Pecora.
He warned Mayer earlier: “Stop approaching members of Congress.”
Pecora later tweeted, “I’m so sorry but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect members of Congress not to kick an 18-year-old citizen.”
The band members had not decided whether or not to pursue legal action against Greene, Mayer said.
“To answer the most common question about filing charges: we are talking to our legal team and keeping our options open,” Mayer wrote on Twitter.
Others on Twitter urged Greene to be accountable. A lawyer offered to help.
The video shows Greene becoming increasingly furious as activists argued with her. As she walked with the staff members, Greene called Mayer a ‘coward’ and accused him of ‘child abuse’ after he said Greene was ‘helping kids get shot at’ school” by promoting firearms.
She told Mayer he should “go back” if he “don’t like it here”. Mayer was born in Mexico and founded Voters of Tomorrow when he was 17, The Washington Post reported.
Greene did not directly address the accusation that she kicked Pecora.
Freshman Pecora told the Post that her clash with Greene was unlike anything she had experienced in conversations with other lawmakers, who she said took her group’s arguments seriously. and treated its members with respect.
“Honestly, it’s really disheartening to think that a bunch of kids can stand with better composure than a congressman,” Pecora told the Post.
“We’ve been sitting in meetings all week with Democrats and Republicans. No one has been anything but respectful,” she added. “Everyone was incredibly attentive, took us seriously and had really productive conversations with us. Except for Marjorie Taylor Greene.