Ocasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: 'More than enough' votes to prevent infrastructure from passing without reconciliation bill Manchin: 'I can't really guarantee anybody' reconciliation package will pass Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy McCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker MORE (R-Calif.), claiming in a new interview that there are “no consequences” in the Republican Party for violence and racism.

“This term, there are legitimate white supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, and when you see someone like the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy of the Republican Party, respond to white supremacist vitriol coming with his own members not with censure like they did with Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' MORE of Iowa, not with being stripped of committees, not with any consequence, you have to wonder who actually has that power,” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC late Wednesday.

“And it increasingly seems, unfortunately, that in the House Republican caucus, Kevin McCarthy answers to these QAnon members of Congress, not the other way around, and that is something that frankly needs to be said,” she continued, referring to Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.). 

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The progressive lawmaker’s comments come after a video surfaced this week that shows Greene taunting David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Capitol Hill. A CNN investigation this week also revealed that Greene expressed support for violence against Democrats before running for Congress. She has previously promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory, which falsely alleges that former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE was to take down a cabal of Democrats and celebrities who abuse children. 

Ocasio-Cortez late Wednesday also jabbed McCarthy for confirming earlier this week that he would pull Greene aside over her past comments, which have gained new attention. Ocasio-Cortez said he previously pulled aside Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoOcasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' Ocasio-Cortez: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE (R-Fla.) after he accosted her on the steps of the Capitol and said she was “disgusting” over comments she made about a spike in crime in New York City, later calling her a “f------ bitch.”

“There are no consequences in the Republican caucus for violence. No consequences for racism. No consequences for misogyny. No consequences for insurrection. And no consequences means that they condone it. It means that that silence is acceptance, and they want it because they know it is a core animating political energy for them. This is extremely dangerous, an extremely dangerous threshold that we have crossed," she continued.

A spokesperson for McCarthy told Axios this week that Greene’s past comments are “deeply disturbing” and confirmed that McCarthy planned to have a conversation with the Georgia lawmaker.