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The furor over Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) treatment of...
The furor over Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Marjorie Taylor GreeneThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer MORE's (R-Ga.) treatment of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez's office in 2019 MORE (D-N.Y.) has sparked new worries that lawmakers could be in danger from their own colleagues.

Fears about growing incivility and polarization in American politics have been climbing for a generation. But the concern has reached a different order of intensity since the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, when members of Congress literally feared for their lives.

Greene's encounters with some of her Democratic colleagues, along with a confrontation between a Greene staffer and Rep. Eric Swalwell Eric Michael SwalwellLawmakers roll out legislation to defend pipelines against cyber threats McCarthy open to meeting officer injured on Jan. 6 after Swalwell claims he was 'hung up on' McCarthy brushes off questions about GOP lawmakers downplaying Jan. 6 violence MORE (D-Calif.), show just how febrile the atmosphere on Capitol Hill has become.


In an exchange witnessed by The Hill's Scott Wong on Friday morning, a Greene staffer challenged Swalwell over the Democrat wearing a mask. Swalwell retorted, "You don't tell me what to f---king do."

Soon afterward on Twitter, Swalwell said Greene's aide had attempted to bully him, adding: "I told the bully what I thought of his order. Predictably, he went speechless. I regret I wasn't more explicit."

Now there are calls for increased security, even as fencing near the Capitol remains in place since the days after the insurrection.

Democratic lawmakers who are less high-profile than Ocasio-Cortez are also expressing alarm.

Niall Stanage
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