Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) accused Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) of sexism for telling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “Do the research, Madam Leader” after Pelosi chased him down and confronted him on the House floor last Friday evening.
Pelosi interrupted Marino’s floor speech and wagged her finger at him after Marino accused Democrats of not acting on immigration when Pelosi was in power. Marino responded by telling Pelosi to “do the research” because the facts were on his side.
“I would say that it’s sexist and that it was patronizing,” Schakowsky said on MSNBC on Monday, according to The Hill. “And he got exactly what he deserved.”
In an interview with Breitbart News, Marino said Pelosi “was just real out of control, and I wasn’t going to take it.”
“People have been there for 30 years, and they’ve said they’ve never seen an exhibition like that; it was a tremendous breach of protocol to cross the well and to do that,” he said. “She thinks she’s royalty, and I’m not going to put up with that. I’m not afraid of anybody. I’m a gentleman, but there’s only two people who can wag their fingers in my face and get away with it, and that’s my mother and my wife.”
Marino said Pelosi repeatedly called him “insignificant” and “inconsequential” and “kept waving her finger and getting all kinds of spastic.” He remained “perfectly calm,” he asserted. “I think that’s also what unhinged her because she thought she could get me upset or thought I was going to be afraid of her.”