- Rep. AOC tweeted that Rep. MTG ‘clearly banned all books from her house years ago.’
- The comment was in response to Greene mistakenly saying “gazpacho police,” instead of “Gestapo.”
- Gazpacho is a beloved Spanish cold soup, and the Gestapo were the horrific Nazi secret police.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Republican colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “clearly banned all books from her house years ago,” after the congresswoman mistakenly said the “gazpacho” police instead of “Gestapo” while criticizing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, on Wednesday.
“Not only do we have the DC jail, which is the DC Gulag, but now we have Nancy Pelosi’s gazpacho police spying on members of Congress,” Rep. Greene said on right-wing channel OAN’s show “Real America with Dan Ball.” “Spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff, and spying on American citizens that want to come talk to their representatives.”
—The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 9, 2022
Greene likely meant to say the “Gestapo” police, in reference to the Nazis’ secret police in the 1930s and 1940s. Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup, popular across the world.
Responding to Insider’s request for comment about the gaffe, a spokesperson for Greene told Insider, “No soup for those who illegally spy on Members of Congress, but they will be thrown in the goulash.”
During the podcast segment, Greene was criticizing subpoenas handed out to former President Donald Trump’s affiliates by the House January 6 committee. She also lamented the treatment of those charged for their alleged roles in the attack, who are being held in a DC jail.
There is no evidence that Capitol Police are spying on lawmakers, their staff, or private citizens.
It’s also not the first time Greene has compared Democratic leadership or the Biden administration to the Nazi regime. In June, Greene eventually apologized after repeatedly comparing COVID-19 measures like vaccine and mask mandates to the Holocaust.
Following the comment, Greene was panned online, with Ocasio-Cortez poking fun at efforts by GOP legislators and some school boards to ban books in schools.
—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 9, 2022
“At least she leads by example. She clearly banned all books from her house years ago,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to the gaffe.
“For real though when you see how the GOP openly embrace and leverage fascist members of their party vs how much some Dems run away and frame their own base mobilizers as ‘just as extreme’ it’s not hard to see how that asymmetry/false equivalence has contributed to where we are,” she continued in an additional tweet.
More than 760 people have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the attack on the Capitol.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.