Republican Puts His Hands On Marjorie Taylor Greene

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( – On Thursday, Rep. Rich McCormick (R-Ga.) argued that he was sorry Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had taken “offense” because he had touched her on the House floor but that the move had not meant to be aggressive.

Greene had claimed last month that McCormick had “grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her” when the two Georgia GOP members had voted to force the House to vote on two competing resolutions looking to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

During an interview on CSPAN, McCormick argued that he had only placed his hand on Greene’s shoulder and told her that at least the two of them could participate in honest conversations. As he stated he was a big believer in the “power of touch.” He added that the move had only ever been meant to be perceived as a compliment and that he was sorry that Greene had taken offense to it. However, that did not mean that his move had been aggressive or that it was anything other than a compliment. He added that this has been the more frustrating aspect of this.

Greene in her own description of the event had claimed that it had been “very serious” and she argued that it was “assault.”

While last month the two lawmakers had agreed that Tlaib needed to be censured, the two had disagreed on the wording of the resolution which is what eventually resulted in some divide between them. McCormick’s resolution had been passed while Greene had retracted her own version.

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