- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called the Capitol attack “just a riot” and implied those present were “innocent.”
- She also drew comparisons between the January 6 insurrection and the US Declaration of Independence.
- Greene claimed the Capitol riot pales in comparison to the “communist revolution” waged by antifa and BLM.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene described the January 6 Capitol siege as “just a riot” and those present as “innocent” during an interview on Tuesday.
“And if you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says to overthrow tyrants,” Greene said on the show “The War Room,” which is run by media company Real America’s Voice.
“So there’s a clear difference between January 6 and the Marxist, communist revolution the Antifa, BLM, Democrat ground troops waged on the American people in 2020,” Greene told host Steve Bannon, a former Trump aide who was held in contempt of Congress last week for defying a subpoena.
Greene said the media has been “telling lies” about her, other Republicans, and “innocent people that were at the Capitol on January 6.” She added that she is “fed up” that Congress isn’t focusing on her aforementioned assertions and instead on the Capitol siege.
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Multiple people died during the storming of the Capitol and at least 140 police officers were injured. At least 684 people have been arrested and charged with crimes connected to the attack. Republican allies of former President Donald Trump have repeatedly tried to downplay the insurrection, with Trump himself once falsely saying rioters were just “hugging and kissing” police officers.
In a recent Rolling Stone report, two pro-Trump rally organizers named Greene as one of the GOP representatives they met when planning their protests for January 6. A spokesperson for Greene responded that she “had nothing to do with planning of any protest” and had planned to object to President Joe Biden’s election win on the House floor.
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.