Republican firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene says she was terrified as rioters tried to gain access to congressional buildings on January 6, 2021, because she thought the attackers were from radical left-wing groups, not Trump supporters.
Trump Protest Call
Trump had used Twitter (now called X) to urge his supporters to protest the result of the 2020 presidential election that he lost to Joe Biden at the US Capitol. Thousands of MAGA — Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan — supporters turned up and fighting with police and security officers erupted, leaving five people dead.
MTG Podcast Interview
Greene, a Georgia congresswoman, was appearing on the Triggered podcast hosted by Donald Trump Jr., to promote her new book, MTG, titled after her initials. She said she thought, and still does, that the protesters and rioters on Capitol Hill on January 6 were from left-wing group Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Greene said: “I was also scared because nobody could tell me that those were Trump supporters. I fully believe they were Antifa/BLM rioters — the same ones that we saw cause over $2 billion in damage in American cities across the country the previous year and I was actually scared.”
‘Good Guys with Guns’
She told Donald Jr.: “Luckily there was another member of Congress — I’m not going to name them right now; let people read it in the book — that helped me a lot, and I’m also very thankful he was armed that day because I really believe in good guys with guns.”
No Evidence to Back Up Claims
Greene did not provide Donald Jr. with any evidence to back up her claims that the Capitol rioters were not Trump supporters. Video and photographic evidence shows many of the protesters carrying MAGA and Trump signs and banners, and other pro-Trump groups that took part were from the far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
Proud Boy Jailing
A leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, was sentenced in September to 22 years in prison for his role in helping to organize the insurrection at the US Capitol. He is one of hundreds of those arrested to have been tried and imprisoned over the attack on the heart of American democracy.
‘Democrats Fled the House’
Another claim Greene makes in her new book is that Democratic members of the House of Representatives fled the floor when they heard the attackers approaching.
‘Not One Democrat’
Greene writes: “Several of the Republican congressmen said, ‘We’re going to stay right here and defend the House chamber.’ As they began barricading the door with furniture, I noticed not one Democrat was willing to stay to defend the chamber.’
Not Entirely Accurate
But Democrats who were present on the House floor on that tumultuous day said Greene was not telling the truth. One, Jason Crow, a representative from Colorado, ripped into the congresswoman for lying, saying: “Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn’t exist in the same reality as the rest of us. For those of us who were there on January 6 and actually defended the chamber from violent insurrectionists, her view is patently false. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
Little Online Support for MTG
People online did not exactly believe Greene’s assertion that those storming the US Capitol were not MAGA supporters. One person, writing on X, said: “I’m so tired of her lies, insurrection fraud and host of ills. Vote Out Marjorie Taylor Greene!”
Another person said on X: “So it’s ANTIFA, and not MAGA cult members, being held as what this woman routinely describes as “political prisoners?” I’m confused.” And someone else offered: “That’s interesting… cause Trump was 100% certain they were his people.”
Greene Support for ‘Stolen Election’
Green backs Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was “rigged” and that he, not Biden, was the real winner. “I know for a fact there was so much wrong in that election, and I believe it was stolen,” she has said.
Trump’s 2020 Indictment
But Special Counsel Jack Smith believes otherwise, and assembled a grand jury that indicted the former president for attempting to overturn the election result and block the peaceful transfer of presidential power to Biden. He is also facing similar charges in Georgia, including “racketeering.” And the 77-year-old has been indicted a further two times, for allegedly mishandling confidential government documents and allegedly making payments to cover up an alleged affair.
‘Space Laser’ Comments
Greene is also facing scrutiny over comments she made about wildfires in California, suggesting they were sparked by “Jewish space lasers” — another of her conspiracy theories she has been widely criticized for.
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