Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls AOC, the Squad 'Brave' for Voting Against Infrastructure Bill

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, shared highly unusual praise for several of her progressive Democratic colleagues—describing them as "brave" for voting against the bipartisan infrastructure bill last week.

The so-called "Squad" of progressive Democrats—including Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Jamaal Bowman of New York—voted against the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill along with most Republicans. The progressive lawmakers had long maintained that they would not support the legislation unless it was approved in tandem with President Joe Biden's larger partisan Build Back Better "human infrastructure" bill.

Although Greene has repeatedly clashed directly with the Squad members and consistently slammed their policy goals, she described their decision to vote against the popular infrastructure bill positively in a Saturday morning tweet.

"The 'Infrastructure' bill was only made possible by 19 Republican Sell-Out Senators, then it was only passed because the unlucky 13 Republicans in the House voted FOR it," Greene complained.

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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called six progressive Democrats who voted against the infrastructure legislation "brave" on Saturday. In this photo, the Georgia Republican gives a tour of the U.S. Capitol building to students on November 5 in Washington, D.C. Allison Shelley/Getty Images

"6 brave Democrats voted NO, and if the traitorous 13 had voted NO the bill would have failed," the GOP congresswoman asserted.

Greene, who is staunchly loyal to former President Donald Trump, has previously claimed that the infrastructure bill was part of a "communist takeover" by the Democrats. In reality, the landmark legislation provides billions in much-needed investment in roads, bridges, public transportation, water systems, and efforts to address climate change.

As the Georgia Republican noted, the bill passed with substantial GOP support in the Senate as well as some Republican backing in the House.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, was among the 19 GOP senators to approve the legislation. The conservative lawmaker has repeatedly spoken favorably of the bill.

"I was delighted the House finally found a way to pass the infrastructure bill last week," McConnell told reporters on Monday. The House passed the legislation last Friday after the Senate approved the bill in August.

Greene, as well as a number of pro-Trump Republicans, have repeatedly attacked GOP colleagues for voting with Democrats to pass the major bipartisan legislation. After the vote, the congresswoman tweeted out the names and phone numbers of the 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of the bill. Several later reported receiving death threats.

In her Saturday Twitter thread, Greene downplayed the concern about the death threats against her colleagues—pointing out that she receives similar messages.

"My office, my staff, and I receive nasty calls, death threats & wishes all the time, but the difference is they are from the deranged left, not Republicans," she wrote. "I get great calls from Republicans."

Trump has criticized McConnell and other GOP lawmakers for supporting the bipartisan bill. In a Saturday statement, he called the Kentucky senator an "Old Crow." The former president complained that the passage of the bill gave "Biden and the Democrats a victory just as they were falling off the cliff."

Newsweek reached out to press representatives for members of the Squad for comment but did not immediately receive responses.