California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted Thursday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wanted to see Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) lynched like Emmett Till after she claimed Bowman made her feel threatened.
Greene complained about Bowman after he confronted her on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday, saying he had been “aggressive” and that he had previously called her a “white supremacist.”
Video of the confrontation went viral, and appeared to show Bowman interrupting Greene to urge Republicans to expel Rep George Santos (R-NY).
Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene outside the Capitol after George Santos had press gaggle with reporters: pic.twitter.com/qtmIerPwoB
— Emily Brooks (@emilybrooksnews) May 18, 2023
While Bowman, a member of the left-wing “Squad,” was not seen threatening Greene in the video, he has a recent history of confronting members of Congress from the Republican side in asserive fashion. In March, he interrupted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and appeared to shove him in an argument over gun control.
Greene referred to that incident in a press conference on Thursday, which she convened to announce articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden. A reporter asked Greene about the confrontation, and Greene noted that “he has a history of aggression, not just towards others, but towards me in particular.” She referred to an earlier incident in which Bowman led a protest against her when went to New York City to protest the arrest of former President Donald Trump.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 4, 2023
She also referred to his earlier confrontation with Massie in the Capitol.
Newsom, rather than following the Democratic Party mantra of “believe every woman,” accused Greene of racism, and suggested that her rhetoric recalled that used to incite the lynching of black men in the South:
"His physical mannerisms are aggressive…I feel threatened by him."-Marjorie Taylor Greene describing Rep. Bowman
This is the kind of dangerous rhetoric that led to Emmett Till's death.
Everyone should call this out for what it is: blatant racism. pic.twitter.com/sbPGVP69Tv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 18, 2023
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black child from Chicago who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman. A recent law making lynching a federal crime was named in his memory.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He is also the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.