Greene Tells Acosta: ‘You Know Why People Don’t Like You? Because You’re a Liar’


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Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got into a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Thursday and she did not hold back.

Outside the U.S. Capitol, Acosta followed Greene and asked her about the incident at the Capitol last January and recent text messages that she reportedly sent to Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff to President Donald Trump.

Greene stood her ground and tore into Acosta after he refused to leave her alone and continued to follow her while repeatedly asking her questions when she told him to leave her alone.

Below is a transcript of the exchange:

ACOSTA: “And you also — I guess you also said you didn’t recall calling Nancy Pelosi a traitor. Is that right?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “(laughs) You know, Jim, the problem —“

ACOSTA: “You don’t seem to recall a lot. What’s going on there?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “You know, Jim, you have a show, and in all fairness, you try to present this image of me to your viewers and it’s just really not correct.”

ACOSTA: “Well, we’re just trying to get some answers. Did you send a text asking for the president to declare martial law? Did you do that?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “I — you know, I don’t recall those being my text messages, but have you read the text message that is — that you’re referring to?”

ACOSTA: “I did, yeah. I saw that it was misspelled, but it seemed to say that you were calling for martial law.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Because it actually says, if you — actually, it says, if you read it correctly, Jim, your problem is you’re lying again right now. It says I do not know on those things. That’s what that text message actually says. Why don’t you be honest?”

ACOSTA: “Okay, let me ask you this. Why even bring it up?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Well, why don’t you be honest? You know, your problem is you’re just another one of those liars on television. And people hate it. They can’t stand the liars on television.”

ACOSTA: “I’m not the one saying I don’t recall, I don’t recall, I don’t recall.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, no, quote the supposed text message. Quote it. What does it say? I don’t know on those things.”

ACOSTA: “If you want to hang on, let’s read it.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Yeah, read it. Read it out loud.”

ACOSTA: “Let’s read it, okay.”


TAYLOR GREENE: “Why don’t you be honest for once? Read it out loud.”

ACOSTA: “Let’s take a look. My question is —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, read it out loud. What does it actually say okay? What is the text message? Read the whole thing.”

ACOSTA: “Let’s look at — okay.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Yeah, let’s read it.”

ACOSTA: “But you’re saying you don’t recall it?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “I don’t know if that’s my text message or not, but if you want to talk about a text message, read the text message. Do something real.”

ACOSTA: “Let’s take a look.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Okay, read the exact text message that you’re talking about.”

ACOSTA: “I’ll read it. I’ll read it. Let’s take a look here.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Oh, we got an article. Why don’t you find the actual text message?”

ACOSTA: “Let’s see, let’s hang on for a second. ‘In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law’ — martial was not spelled —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “Don’t — keep going with the text message.”

ACOSTA: “‘I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him.’”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Wait, excuse me, stop. I don’t know on those things. Is that what that says? It says ‘I don’t know on those things.’”

ACOSTA: “But why even bring it up?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Wait, hold on, stop. This text message that’s supposedly mine, I don’t know if it is, what does it say? It says ‘some members’ and then it says — hold on. It says I don’t know — I don’t know if that’s my text — it says I don’t know on those things. Why don’t you tell that story?”

ACOSTA: “You’re saying you don’t know —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, you’re lying.”

ACOSTA: “— you’re being awfully defensive about it.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “You’re a liar. You know why people don’t like you?”

ACOSTA: “Why are being so defensive about it?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Because you’re a liar.”

ACOSTA: “I’m not a liar.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Why do you want to lie on television for your viewers?”

ACOSTA: “I’m not trying to lie.”


TAYLOR GREENE: “No, you’re trying to accuse — “

ACOSTA: “I’m trying to ask you about —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “You’re accusing me of something and then when you read the actual words, that tells another story, it tells the truth.”

ACOSTA: “But you’re being awfully defensive about it.”

UNKNOWN: “Have a good one, Jim.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “When you want to be honest and you actually want to talk about me as a real person and present me fairly, then I’ll talk to you. But until then I don’t want to have anything to do with you.”

ACOSTA: “Let me ask you this.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, I don’t — we’re done.”

ACOSTA: “If you are subpoenaed to testify by the January 6 committee —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “Stop harassing me. Stop harassing me. Stop harassing me. I’m not subpoenaed. Stop harassing me.”

ACOSTA: “I know, but if you are, will you comply with that subpoena? Will you testify?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Stop harassing me.”

ACOSTA: “I’m just trying to ask you some questions.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “You’re not. I didn’t give you permission to. Leave me alone.”

ACOSTA: “Can you also explain your comments about the catholic church, what that was about?”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Why don’t you read my statement for your viewers?”

ACOSTA: “All right. You know, we’re just trying to ask you some questions, that’s all we’re trying to do.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, you’re not. You’re trying to lie about me. And I’m tired of it.”

ACOSTA: “We’re not trying to lie about you, Congresswoman.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “Yes, you are. Yes, you are.”

ACOSTA: “We’re just very politely, professionally —“

TAYLOR GREENE: “No, you’re not politely — no, you’re politely and unprofessionally lying, because that’s what you are, a liar. A professional liar.”

ACOSTA: “Well, we wanted to ask you some questions.”

TAYLOR GREENE: “On your show and that’s what you’re all about. Good for you. Way to earn a paycheck.”


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