Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit back at Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams after he told her to be on her “best behavior” during Tuesday’s Trump rally.
Greene announced her upcoming participation at a rally demonstrating against former President Donald Trump’s arraignment in New York City after the former president was indicted for allegedly paying $130,000 in hush money to former porn actress Stormy Daniels. Adams told Greene at a Monday press conference to refrain from any violence or intimidation during the protest.
“While there might be some rabble-rouses thinking about coming to our city tomorrow, the message is clear and simple,” Adams said. “Control yourselves. New York City is our home, not a playground for your misplaced anger. We have the safest largest city in America because we respect the rule of law in New York City. And although we have no specific threats, people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is known to spread misinformation and hate speech, she stated she’s coming to town. While you’re [Greene] in town, be on your best behavior.”
Greene agreed that anyone who commits “assault” or violates freedom of speech “should be arrested.” She accused the alleged counter protesters of being the ones that will threaten violence.
“I’m here in NY to protest with my voice against the weaponization of the justice system on innocent President Trump, but the counter protestors are coming to commit assault that can cause audible damage to everyone’s ears including NYPD [New York Police Department],” she wrote in a Tuesday tweet. “But Mayor Adams warns me by name! If counter protestors are violating freedom of speech and committing assault, they should be arrested.”
According to NY law, the counter protesters planned, organized, and funded behavior is considered disorderly conduct.@NYCMayor better direct NYPD to lock these people up.
He said he wasn’t tolerating violence of any kind. pic.twitter.com/Z5fFosuesK
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) April 4, 2023
“According to NY law, the counter protesters planned, organized, and funded behavior is considered disorderly conduct. @NYCMayor better direct NYPD to lock these people up. He said he wasn’t tolerating violence of any kind,” she continued.
Greene reportedly left a protest in front of the Manhattan Criminal Court after speaking to a group of pro-Trump protesters, the New York Daily News reported. She warned a crowd that supporters of the former president are next to be “targeted” by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who oversaw Trump’s indictment. (RELATED: Biden Reveals If He Thinks There Will Be ‘Unrest’ At Trump Arraignment)
“Every American should make a stand [against] the injustice, the corruption and the communist Democrats,” the Georgia representative said, according to the outlet.
She referred to Bragg as a “tool for the Democrats” in the speech, the outlet reported.
Greene struggled to exit the scene as a rowdy crowd appeared to push toward her. Security at the scene had to surround the representative and lead her to safety.
Pushing and shoving as MTG exits the park after a brief speech that was impossible to hear. She almost is falling over as her security tries to get her out safely. This is extremely dangerous. pic.twitter.com/fWzfKHhPFY
— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 4, 2023
Counter protesters at the scene held signs in support of Daniels and ones that read “Lock Him Up,” according to photos and footage posted by Buzzfeed reporter David Mack. A handful of people in the crowd chanted “lock him up” in reference to the chants to lock up former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race.
The two sides shouted at each other behind barricades, footage showed.