Rep. Jan Schakowsky said Rep. Tom Marino’s comments toward House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a House floor disagreement on Friday were “sexist” and “condescending.”
Mr. Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, broke floor protocol Friday to call out Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, directly for bearing some responsibility for the border crisis.
“I did the research on it,” he said. “You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader.”
Mrs. Pelosi then crossed the chamber and confronted the congressman directly, reportedly telling him that he’s “insignificant. “
“I would say that it’s sexist and that it was patronizing. ‘Do the research, Madam Leader,’” Ms. Schakowsky said on MSNBC Monday night, The Hill reported. “And he got exactly what he deserved. And then for him to claim, ‘I was the tough guy. I’m a street fighter.’ Really? On the floor of the House?
“And talking to her in that condescending way. I’m really offended. And I was proud of her for marching over,” the Illinois Democrat added. “You know, you’re not supposed to direct comments personally, and he did just that. He deserved what he got and shouldn’t be proud of it.”
Mr. Marino said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” that “there are some people in Congress that think they are royalty. “
“I’m not afraid to speak up. I’m a street fighter. And I’m going to stand up and fight for my constituents,” he said.