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 “can’t wait for a real investigation” to find place, in an apparent snub to the House committee’s yearlong investigation.
Greene was speaking with fellow 2020 election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, aka My Pillow Guy, after attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas when she made her unsupported claims and shared her shock at today’s violence.
“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 a real investigation,” she said, pointing a finger at anti-fascist protesters.
The ongoing House investigation into the attack has included sworn testimony from supporters of former President Donald Trump, who describe how Trump’s rhetoric and his election loss drove their decision to invade the Capitol. A former White House aide testified that Trump knew his supporters were armed and threatened violence when he urged them to march on the Capitol.
Despite this and other mounting evidence to the contrary, Greene went on to call the federal government’s response to the uprising — which has led to more than 800 arrests and more than 200 convictions by the U.S. attorney’s office — “political persecution.” At the same time, she said that those who did things that “they shouldn’t have done” should be treated better while they are behind bars.
“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 . “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?”
Greene added that pro-life activists who recently made headlines for marching outside the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should be in jail.
Greene has gone back and forth on whether she believes Trump supporters were involved in the destruction and violence that 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 made public, revealing that she thought the protesters were members of antifa “dressed as Trump supporters.” But she also asked Meadows to urge Trump to calm the rioters, something Trump probably wouldn’t have been able to do if they were Antifa members, given that many members of that movement are far-left and anti-Trump.
“Please tell the president to calm down people,” her text message read. “This is not the way to solve anything.”
A day later, she again texted Meadows, suggesting that Trump supporters were indeed involved, but that they were desperate and “prompted” by antifa.
“I do not believe that President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol. It’s not his fault. Antifa got mixed into the crowd and started it, and unfortunately people followed suit. But when people try everything and no one listens and nothing works, I think they have no choice,” she wrote.