Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s chief of staff resigned hours after the Republican got in a shouting match over abortion with Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell on the front porch of the U.S. Capitol Friday.
‘After eight and a half months fighting the Socialist Democrats and RINOs in DC, it’s time to move on,’ Patrick Parsons said in a statement posted by the QAnon-believing congressman on Twitter Friday night.
‘Marjorie Taylor Greene is an America’s First superstar who has become one of the leading policy-influencers in our party today,’ Parsons added.
The announcement did not mention Friday’s highly publicized back-and-forth. Instead, Parsons cited his desire to get back into grassroots politics.
Patrick Parsons, pictured second from right in February, resigned as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s chief of staff Friday night, citing a desire to get back into grassroots politics
Greene thanked Parsons for helping her fight ‘Socialist Democrats’ in a tweet above his letter
Hours before he resigned, Greene heckled Democrats on the Capitol steps and got into a shouting match with Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell over abortion and civility
‘She’s shaken up Washington, D.C., stood up to the swamp and her own conference, disrupted business as usual and showed Republicans how to fight back and never back down,’ Parsons said.
‘Americans are seeing our freedoms threatened and taken away by the Communist Biden Administration running our nation today and I can do more to stop that threat working on the outside than in Congress, just as I did heading Georgia Gun Owners.’
Greene thanked Parsons for ‘helping me take the fight to the Socialist Democrats as I’ve transitioned into Congress.’
It was not immediately clear who would replace him.
Earlier in the day, a reporter for Business Insider captured Greene shouting at a handful of Democratic lawmakers, including Dingell, outside the Capitol, informing them that the ‘border’s wide open,’ and that they were ‘burning America down.’
Rep. Debbie Dingell (left) yelled at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) for being ‘so mean to all of your colleagues’
Greene then moved down the steps where Democrats had been gathered for a ‘Build Back Better for Women’ event.
A woman who wasn’t identified told the anti-abortion lawmaker, ‘Congresswoman, I wish you would stand with women,’ which set the Georgia Republican off.
‘Stand with women? I do! Stand with motherhood, how about that?’ Greene responded. ‘You know, there’s unborn women, do they not have a right to life? Killing babies up until birth, are you serious right now? Why don’t you stand with women. Stand with mothers. Stand with babies. It’s a great gift,’ the Republican firebrand responded.
Greene stood off to the side and continued to engage.
‘You should all be ashamed,’ Greene screamed at a group of Democrats lining up for a photo-op.
That’s when Dingell, who had previously gone back into the Capitol, pounced.
‘You should be ashamed of your incivility,’ yelled Dingell, who was standing a few steps above Greene.
Greene then turned her attention to the Michigan Democrat, telling the Georgia Republican, ‘you’re so mean to all of your colleagues.’
‘You know what? Killing a baby up until birth is a lack of civility, it’s called murder,’ Greene said. ‘Hey, what about the border down there? Lack of civility, how about lack of laws?’
‘You know what? Killing a baby up until birth is a lack of civility, it’s called murder,’ Greene said
Dingell shot back, raising her voice. ‘We have lots of laws we follow and you should practice the basic thing you’re taught in church – respect your neighbor!’
‘Taught in church, are you kidding me? Try being a Christian and supporting life!’ Greene said.
‘You try being a Christian and try treating your colleagues decently,’ Dingell screamed back.
It’s unclear if Greene realized she was shouting at a fellow member.
‘Watch your step lady, you’re going to fall down,’ Greene said, after Dingell had wobbled on the steps. ‘Control yourself!’
Dingell has long been a fixture in Washington, taking over the seat of her late husband John, who served in Congress from 1955 to 2015, when he passed.
Later Friday, Dingell used the altercation to boost her fundraising numbers.
‘We know that women from Michigan get the job done, and today, Debbie stood up against a bully heckling her colleagues,’ a fundraising email to reporters read, according to The Hill.