With Georgia already the focus for everyone in the nation’s capital, incoming Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia made her presence known on Sunday as she ended up in a dispute over coronavirus masks as the 117th Congress met for the first time.
Green and another unidentified Republican reportedly refused to wear their masks. Jake Sherman of punchbowl.news tweeted about the incident, saying, “2 new Republicans—including @mtgreenee are being told by House floor staff that they have to put their masks on. As of now, they seem to be telling the floor staff that they will not put it on. Taylor Greene is leaving the floor with the other R, who were trying to ID” Sherman than sent a follow up tweet, describing the confrontation on the floor of the House. “Now, the Republican and Democratic floor staff are in a screaming match on the floor. So this Congress is going great already.”
Green also turned to Twitter to give her side of the dispute, saying, “@SpeakerPelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel. No one can attack me about masks, when Pelosi is sending Democrats to the floor with positive COVID tests to vote for her for Speaker.”
Green’s reference to Pelosi changing the “COVID rules” was likely directed toward Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin who was allowed to vote on the floor despite announcing on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
A few minutes after her initial tweet, Green sent out a picture of herself in a mask that reads: “Trump Won” along with the caption: “Well I actually do have a mask.”