Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Acosta face off outside the Capitol

Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a video capturing a confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta who pressed the rep for insisting she didn’t remember sending texts advocating martial law.

The Georgia Republican posted the three-and-a-half-minute video to Twitter on Thursday showing his testy exchange with the CNN correspondent. The clash outside the U.S. Capitol comes as Greene continues to push back on scrutiny of his prior communications and statements that critics say show his role in instigating last year’s insurgency.

Since being elected in 2020, Greene has drawn attention for his inflammatory statements and trafficking in conspiracy theories. At an administrative hearing last week, Greene was pressed over her previous remarks and social media posts by lawyers saying she fomented the insurgency and should be excluded from the ballot.

Throughout the hearing, Greene said she did not recall making certain statements.

Marjorie Taylor Greene exchanged words with CNN’s Jim Acosta during a filmed confrontation which the Georgia rep later shared on his Twitter. Above, Greene walks to a press conference outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2022.
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The video shows Acosta asking Greene not to remember calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “traitor.”

“You don’t seem to remember much,” Acosta said. “What is happening here?”

Greene responds with a chuckle.

“You know, Jim,” she said. “You have a show and in all fairness you’re trying to present that image of me to your viewers and it’s really not right.”

Acosta, walking briskly alongside Greene, said “We’re just trying to get some answers.” He then asks Greene about a January 2021 text, recently revealed by CNN, where she suggests to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that President Donald Trump use martial law to stay in power.

“You know, I don’t remember those being my text messages,” Greene replies. “But have you read the text message you are referring to?”

Acosta says he did, pointing out that Greene misspelled “martial”. Greene accuses Acosta of lying and asks him to read the message. Acosta pulls out his phone and begins to read.

Greene, according to CNN, wrote in the text: “In our private conversation with only members, several say that the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call Marshall. [sic] straight. I don’t know about [sic] these things. I just wanted you to tell him.”

After Acosta reads part of the text, Greene says again that she doesn’t know if the message was actually written by her. She also analyzes the words of the text, saying that it refers to “certain members” and includes the phrase “I don’t know”.

“Why don’t you tell this story?” said Greene angrily. “You lie.”

Acosta then tries to question Greene about his remarks that “Satan” controls the Catholic Church. Greene calls Acosta a “professional liar”.

Newsweek contacted CNN and Acosta for comment.


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