Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has blamed Antifa, saying “no one can convince” her that the violent protesters involved in the Jan. 6 riots were supporters of Donald Trump.
“I was very upset. I never expected anything like that. And when it happened, I thought, this is Antifa, and no one can convince me that it was so-called Trump supporters, and we know there’s a lot wrong there, and “I can’t wait for an investigation, a real investigation,” Greene said.
The far-right Republican leader spoke with 2020 election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell for his show.
The Biden administration’s response to the uprising is “political persecution” in which more than 800 people have been arrested and more than 200 criminal convictions handed down, she said. According to an NPR database, 875 people have been charged in connection with the riot, and 360 have either been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty as of August 5.
The congresswoman added that people who did things they “shouldn’t have done” should be treated better while incarcerated, bringing up her visits to prisons.
“OK, they were charged with things they shouldn’t have done, OK, it happened, they deserve their day in court, they deserve their due process rights, but honestly, my God, what’s happening to these people is so heartbreaking,” she said in the Lindell TV interview.
She added: “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 hadn’t been vaccinated. They were treated worse if they weren’t vaccinated, but what kind of country are we?”
The Georgia representative has not given a clear position on whether she believes Trump’s supporters were involved in the riots at the US Capitol.
One of the biggest supporters of Trump’s claims that the election that declared Joe Biden the winner was stolen had texted former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows the day of the violent attack saying she feared there was an active shooter at the scene .
“Please tell the president to calm people down. This is not the way to solve anything, said Greene, who often circulates conspiracy theories.
But the very next day, she tried to reverse her claims about Trump, saying, “I don’t believe President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol.”
“It’s not his fault. Antifa got mixed up in the crowed [sic] and started it and unfortunately people followed. But when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, I think they have no choice,” she said in a text message.
With a few days left in Trump’s presidency on Jan. 17, Greene said he should call for martial law, which she misspelled as “marshall.”
“In our private members-only chat, several people say the only way to save our republic is for Trump to call for the Marshall Law [sic]”, she had said. “I don’t know about those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tel [sic] him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and everyone else!”