Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Saturday that “no one can convince her” that the rioters behind the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were not anti-fascist protesters and that she is “looking forward to a real investigation,” to take place, in apparent disregard for the year-long House committee investigation.
Green was talking to a colleague 2020 election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, aka My Pillow Guy, after his appearance at the Texas Conservative Political Action Conference made her baseless claims and shared her shock at the day’s violence.
“I was very upset. I never expected anything like this. And when it happened, I thought, this is antifa, and no one can convince me that it was the so-called Trump supporters, and we know there’s a lot wrong there, and I can’t wait for a real investigation,” he said, while pointing a finger at anti-fascist protesters.
The Parliamentary inquiry into the attack is ongoing presented sworn testimony by supporters of former President Donald Trump, detailing how Trump’s rhetoric and his election loss fueled their decision to storm Capitol Hill. That’s what a former White House aide testified Trump knew his supporters were armed and threatening violence when he urged them to march on the Capitol.
Despite this and other mounting evidence to the contrary, Greene continued to call out the federal government’s response to the rebellion — which resulted in more than 800 arrests and more than 200 criminal convictions by the US Attorney’s Office — “political persecution”. At the same time, he said those who did things they “shouldn’t have” should be treated better while behind bars.
“Okay, they got charged for things they shouldn’t have done, okay, that happened, they deserve their day in court, they deserve their rights, but honestly, my God, what’s happening to these people is so heartbreaking.” he said. “I was in that prison, I saw them, it’s so sad. They hadn’t bathed, they hadn’t had their hair cut, they couldn’t shave because they weren’t vaccinated. They were treated worse if they weren’t vaccinated, but what kind of country are we?”
Green added that the pro-life activists who recently made headlines for marching outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland should be in jail.
Greene has discussed whether she believes Trump supporters participated in the destruction and violence left five people dead.
Back in April some of her text messages to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the 2021 attack were released, revealing he believed the protesters were antifa members “dressed as Trump supporters.” But so does she asked Meadows to urge Trump to calm the rioters, which Trump probably couldn’t do if they were members of antifa, given that many members of that movement are on the far left and against Trump.
“Please tell the President to calm people down,” her text message read. “That’s not the way to solve anything.”
A day later, texted Meadows again suggesting that Trump supporters were indeed involved, but that they were desperate and “motivated” by antifa.
“I don’t think President Trump caused the attack on Capitol Hill. It’s not his fault. Antifa mingled with the crowd and incited it, and unfortunately, the people followed. But when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, I guess they think they have no choice,” she wrote.