WATCH: Chaos Erupts in Hearing as Greene, Ocasio-Cortez Clash Over ‘Fake Eyelashes’ Jibe at Crockett

WATCH: Chaos Erupts in Hearing as Greene, Ocasio-Cortez Clash Over ‘Fake Eyelashes’ Jibe at Crockett

A House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing descended into chaos on Thursday night when Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) clashed after Greene accused Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) of wearing “fake eyelashes.”

The comment, made during a markup to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress, led to nearly an hour of disorder.

Lawmakers yelled over one another, exchanged insults, and left Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) struggling to maintain control.

The chaos culminated in a vote on whether to allow Greene to continue speaking, which passed 22-20. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has previously clashed with Greene, crossed party lines to vote against allowing Greene to proceed. Boebert was seated two seats away from Greene during the vote.

“I hope you brought your popcorn,” Greene remarked during the hearing.

Republicans sought to hold Garland in contempt for refusing to hand over an audio recording of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, despite having the transcript. Biden claimed executive privilege over the audio recordings.

The vote passed 24-20 along party lines just after 11 p.m. EDT, following a similar vote by the House Judiciary Committee. The full House will now vote on holding the attorney general in contempt.

Tensions flared during the hearing when Greene asked if any Democrats on the panel were employing the daughter of Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing former President Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan. Trump and Republicans have criticized the judge’s daughter over her employment at a progressive digital agency. The committee delayed the contempt markup from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow Republicans on the panel to attend Trump’s trial.

“Please tell me what that has to do with Merrick Garland,” Crockett asked, later adding, “Do you know what we’re here for?”

“I don’t think you know what you’re here for,” Greene replied. “I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading.”

The comment sparked outrage from Democrats, with Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.), the top Democrat on the committee, saying, “That’s beneath even you, Ms. Greene,” and Ocasio-Cortez shouting, “That’s disgusting.”

Ocasio-Cortez moved to strike Greene’s words, calling them “absolutely unacceptable.”

“How dare you attack the physical appearance of another person,” she added.

“Are your feelings hurt?” Greene responded.

“Oh girl, oh baby girl, don’t even play,” Ocasio-Cortez shot back, leading Greene to say, “Oh really, baby girl?”

The exchange led to a brief pause as Comer decided how to proceed. When the hearing resumed, Greene agreed to strike her words but refused to apologize to Crockett, leading to further conflict.

“I believe she needs to apologize,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“I’m not apologizing,” Greene responded, to which Ocasio-Cortez replied, “Well then you’re not striking your words.”

“Why don’t you debate me?” Greene asked.

“I think it’s pretty self-evident,” Ocasio-Cortez shot back.

“Yeah, you don’t have enough intelligence,” Greene responded, prompting an uproar among Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly moved to strike Greene’s “intelligence” comment, which Greene agreed to. However, she reiterated that she would not apologize, sparking more chaos.

“You will never get an apology out of me,” Greene reiterated. “I don’t owe you one.”

Minutes later, more disorder ensued when Crockett asked if a hypothetical comment, appearing to be a veiled jab at Greene, would break Congressional protocol.

“I’m just curious, just to better understand your ruling,” Crockett said, referring to Comer’s ruling on Greene’s comments. “If someone on this committee then starts talking about somebody’s bleach blond bad built butch body, that would not be engaging in personalities, correct?”

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) jumped in, asking to strike Crockett’s words.

“I’m trying to get clarification,” Crockett said, prompting Luna to repeatedly yell, “Calm down.”

“Don’t tell me to calm down,” Crockett responded.

“Calm down,” Luna shot back. “You’re out of control.”

“If I come and talk shit about her ya’ll gonna have a problem,” Crockett said.

“I don’t know why you’re acting like that. It’s not cute,” Luna responded.

Raskin jokingly suggested Democrats revive their motion to adjourn, saying, “I think these 17-hour days might not work for us.”

“Something about working, huh,” Luna responded.

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) joined the conversation, saying, “Yeah, maybe showing up for a vote,” referencing Luna missing votes after appearing with Trump at his trial.

Luna retorted by calling Goldman a “trust fund kid.”

The raucous stretch of the hearing, which began roughly 30 minutes in, finally ended after the panel voted to allow Greene to continue speaking.

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