Rep. Ruben Gallego, one of the bluntest members of Congress on Twitter, escalated his war of words with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of the most popular conservatives on Capitol Hill, after she called the former Marine a “coward.”
Greene, R-Ga., replied to a 2-day-old tweet from Gallego, D-Ariz., on Tuesday, igniting a social media spat rooted in the lingering partisan rancor over the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
On Sunday, Greene, a freshman, tweeted to her 400,000 followers that “Democrats are the enemy within,” accusing the party of killing hundreds of thousands of businesses with shutdowns, presumably referring to the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 577,000 Americans.
She said the party’s policies put America last and in characteristically conspiratorial fashion said “Democrat funded BLM/Antifa riots have cost BILLIONS in damage,” in a reference to the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the unaffiliated anti-fascist movement on the left.
An hour after Greene’s tweet, Gallego responded with his usual candor from his personal Twitter account, which has 112,000 followers.
“I was trying to figure what type of pen to stab your friends with if they overran us on the floor of the House of Representatives while trying to conduct a democratic transition of power. So please shut your seditious, Qanon loving mouth when it comes to who loves America,” Gallego tweeted on Sunday.
It was a reference to Gallego’s efforts as the pro-Trump rioters swarmed around the House chamber.
Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, was part of one of the more memorable images of that deadly when he was standing on a chair gesturing to other House members. He has said he helped people find and fit gas masks as they fled the chamber.
The Twitter matter might have ended there, but Newsweek wrote about Gallego’s uncivil tweet, bringing his words to Greene’s attention.
“America First Caucus” with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who has been a social media provocateur for years.
Both Greene and Gosar distanced themselves from the alleged caucus after it ignited an uproar from Democrats and Republican leaders.
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