Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who has become known for her love of conspiracy theories and angry outbursts at Democratic leaders, apparently meant to accuse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Gestapo police tactics in an interview Tuesday.
But it didn’t quite come out that way, and the mistake she made immediately set off a chorus of delighted ridicule from her critics on social media.
Rather than compare Pelosi’s tactics to the Nazi secret police, she instead compared them to a bowl of chilled soup.
"Now we have Nancy Pelosi's gazpacho police spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work we do, spying on our staff and spying on American citizens," Greene said on One America News Network's "Real America" program.
A video snippet of the interview posted online by the Republican Accountability Project went viral Wednesday.
Greene, who has a history of making Nazi comparisons and promoting conspiracy theories and misinformation, made the remark while referring to an incident Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, complained about Tuesday involving U.S. Capitol Police.
In a Twitter thread, Nehls said that Capitol Police entered his office on Nov. 20 “without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products” and that two days later “three intelligence officers attempted to enter my office while the House was in recess” to ask about an item that had been photographed inside.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger denied Nehls' claim that he had been "illegally" spied on, saying instead that a "vigilant" officer entered Nehls' office because the door had been left open after hours.
"If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure nobody can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious," Manger said. His officers then "followed up with the Congressman’s staff and determined no investigation or further action of any kind was needed.”
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Greene said on Tuesday's show that the Capitol Police had been doing the bidding of Pelosi, D-Calif.
"Nancy Pelosi is using them like political pawns, sending them into our offices. None of us know — have they been in our offices at night? We don't know, but probably," Greene said. "They're going after all of us."