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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyKinzinger: Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees McCarthy: GOP not the party of 'nativist dog whistles' Pro-Trump lawmakers form caucus promoting 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' 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 KingRep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance In Marjorie Taylor Greene, a glimpse of the future House votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics 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: 'No consequences' in GOP for violence, racism 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics Why AOC should be next to lead the DNC 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.