“I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal. After I finish reading all 14 pages, like we agreed, I’ll schedule time for our debate,” Greene wrote Wednesday evening, sharing an image of the pair speaking with each other on the House floor, accompanied with the hashtag “#MTGvsAOC” based off of their initials.
The next morning, the controversial GOP congresswoman took to Twitter to say, “I read your 14 page Communists manifesto @AOC. Looking forward to debating you.”
While Ocasio-Cortez has not confirmed whether she actually has agreed to debate Greene, on Thursday—Earth Day—the self-described democratic socialist did respond to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s (D-Minn.) picture of her green “Green New Deal” hat, saying, “I’m glad you like it @chelliepingree! Happy Earth Day”.
The New York congresswoman on Thursday also promoted via Twitter a virtual town hall event for her constituents about the Green New Deal and the FEMA funeral assistance program.
Thursday afternoon, Greene ramped up her criticism of the Green New Deal, accusing President Joe Biden and Democrats of “forcing America into slavery to China with @AOC’s Green New Deal.”
Earlier this month, Greene initially proposed the debate idea to Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, floating the idea of making the debate “pay per view style” and have the money raised divvied up between the pair for places of each’s choosing. However, the New York Democrat never publicly addressed this debate invitation.
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