The White House on Monday condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for her recent boast that if she had been tasked with masterminding last year’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, people would have come forward armed and would have “won”. ”
Greene’s remarks, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement, are a “slap in the face” to law enforcement officers who risked their lives to keep members of Congress safe. during the attack.
“It goes against our core values as a country for a member of Congress to wish the carnage of January 6 had been even worse and to brag about having achieved an armed insurrection against the United States government. “, said Bates.
He continued, “All leaders have a responsibility to condemn these dangerous and abhorrent remarks and to defend our Constitution and the rule of law.”
Greene made the inflammatory comments Saturday at an annual gala hosted by the New York Young Republican Club in Manhattan, where she joked about media reports saying she was involved in planning the violent attack, where more than 100 people were injured.
“I want to tell you something. If Steve Bannon and I had organized this, we would have won. Not to mention we would have been armed,” Greene told the crowd.
Rioters showed up armed – with stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and other tools used as weapons.
After the White House condemned his comments, Greene issued a lengthy statement Monday in his defense.
“The White House needs to learn how sarcasm works. My comments made fun of Joe Biden and the Democrats, who have been making me a political target since January 6,” she said.
His statement also included several references to the Second Amendment and guns.
“The only time Democrats ‘support’ 2A is when armed antifa LARPs want to defend perverts at drag queen storytime or when leftist Hollywood celebrities and politicians are protected by guards. armed corps,” she said.
Greene, along with a handful of other far-right Republicans, asked for sympathy for the jailed Jan. 6 rioters and alleged that they were being held in exceptionally dire conditions.
“I have never seen human suffering like I witnessed last night,” she tweeted after visiting rioters at a DC correctional facility. “While some were shown to us in seemingly beneficial programs, others were in torturous lockdown. I will never forget to hear their cries.
She told HuffPost last month that she asked Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a member of the House Republican leadership team, if he would “support investigations into the treatment of the 6 January before the trial,” and said he supported the idea.
Greene is expected to become a powerful GOP figure next year in the GOP-led house. His party leaders have vowed to restore his committee assignments, which Democrats cut last year over his hateful and conspiratorial statements, including those casting doubt on the school shootings and 9/11 terror attacks. September 2001.
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