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Dingell blasts Greene for crashing press conference, says ‘try being a Christian’

By: - September 27, 2021 6:57 am

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has frequently spread COVID-19 misinformation and was stripped of her committees earlier this year for anti-Semitic posts. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) lambasted fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) on Friday after Greene harassed Democrats as they assembled on the Capitol steps for a news conference on the 218-211 passage of their bill codifying the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Democrats approved the bill after the Supreme Court allowed a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, signaling that the 6-3 right-wing majority could overturn Roe soon. The legislation will now go to the evenly divided Senate, where it is not expected to be taken up, as U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (R-W.V.) is opposed.

Greene, who was stripped of her committees earlier this year for a series of violent, anti-Semitic comments and social media posts she made before being elected to Congress in November, also was temporarily banned from Twitter in August for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Greene is known for going after Democrats, like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), both in person and on social media, much like former President Donald Trump.

Debbie Dingell at a housing hearing in Detroit | Ken Coleman

Greene jeered Democrats, who were led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the Capitol steps, yelling, “You all should be ashamed,” and  accusing them of backing “murder.”

Dingell screamed back at Greene from the top of the steps while Greene stood at the bottom, telling her to “try being a Christian” and scolded Greene for her “lack of civility.”

“You should try the basic thing you’re taught in church, respect your neighbor,” Dingell said.

“Taught in church? Are you kidding me?” Greene said in response. “Try being a Christian and supporting life.”

Both took to social media following the dustup, with Dingell retweeting a video of it captioned,”Hold my pearls.”

Greene went with a scatological tweet: “​​Dingellberry is like one of those annoying little pieces of Pile of [poop emoji] clings on far too long. Time to wipe Congress clean!”

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Julia Forrest
Julia Forrest

Julia Forrest is a contributor to the Michigan Advance. She has been covering Michigan and national politics for two years at the Michigan Daily and OpenSecrets. She studies public policy at the University of Michigan.