John Fetterman Blasts AOC Absurd Over Bullying Accusations

( – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) clashed with several of her Democratic colleagues, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, May 16. Things spilled over onto X/Twitter, and Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) and AOC bumped heads over his take on the incident.

On Friday, Fetterman posted a statement on his X account noting that he had compared the current state of affairs in the House of Representatives to an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show,” a tabloid talk show that aired for 27 seasons ending in 2018.

The senator concluded his remarks by noting that today, he was “apologizing” to the show for his previous comparison. Fetterman also included a screenshot of a CNN article about Greene and AOC trading barbs.

AOC posted a response to Fetterman’s post a few minutes later. She accused him of being confused about misogyny and racism being a “both sides issue,” a reference to Democrats and Republicans. She also said she understood that he probably wouldn’t take up for a colleague.

“But, I stand up to bullies, instead of becoming one,” Ocasio-Cortez declared. She ended on a curt note, telling Fetterman to “enjoy” his Friday.

On Sunday, CNN host Jake Tapper interviewed Fetterman for the network’s “State of the Union” program. The conversation quickly turned to the Oversight Committee clash. Tapper played a brief clip showing Greene insulting Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) about her “fake eyelashes.” Crockett shot back a terse response about “somebody’s bleach-blonde, bad-built, butch body.”

Tapper mentioned Fetterman’s response to the incident on his X account and AOC’s reaction. He pointed out that she appeared to be “suggesting” that Fetterman was “a bully.”

Fetterman responded by saying, “Oh well.” He also claimed her suggestion was “absurd.” The senator told Tapper he was “simply responding to the kind of chaos… Greene started, as well.”

The Pennsylvania lawmaker concluded his remarks on the incident by noting that committee members were “entitled to their opinions” if they were “proud” of what they accomplished that day. He also suggested that they might consider the ramifications if a clip of the clash appeared in an eighth-grade civics class.

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