Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized the “bad left” on Tuesday after a group of protesters overran her press conference with Matt Gaetz and other conservative lawmakers running counter-programs to the first hearing of the Capitol Riot Committee.
“Radical communist leftists are determined to silence free speech in America,” Greene said in a statement.
“As in California, domestic BLM/Antifa terrorists followed their Democratic Party marching orders and ganged up to try and silence the voices of America First fighting for the truth,” the Georgia representative added. “I refuse to retreat to the despicable left and will continue to demand answers around January 6.”
At the same time as the defunct press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s committee investigating the January 6 riots met for the first time on Capitol Hill.
Representatives Greene, Gaetz, Louie Gohmer, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Bob Good demanded “answers” from Attorney General Merrick Garland about the treatment of those arrested in connection with the attack.
They called these pro-Trump inmates “political prisoners.”
Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Matt Gaetz (right) were forced to abort a press conference with four other pro-Trump lawmakers on Tuesday after a group of protesters drowned out the event
As the group spoke to a crowd of supporters and protesters, someone repeatedly blew a whistle to drown out what lawmakers were saying. Finally the protesters got too close for comfort and the press conference ended prematurely
From left to right: Representatives Bob Good, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz
Greene was driven into a vehicle through security after the conference ended abruptly and protesters followed lawmakers from the scene
“These are not unruly or dangerous violent criminals. These are political prisoners, prisoners who are now being persecuted,” Gosar said.
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Protesters appeared before the Justice Department on Tuesday to drown out the press conference.
‘Are you a pedophile?!’ one protester yelled at Gaetz, who is currently under investigation for sex trafficking after allegedly paying a 17-year-old for sex.
Another held up a sign behind the group that read “Traitors + Rapists: Sit Down.”
“We wonder why questions that have been asked by colleagues for months have gone unanswered,” Gaetz said before being forced to end their event prematurely.
However, the press conference was doomed from the start.
A large Trump paper mache appeared at the conference, along with a sign that read “Pedophiles for Trump,” referring to the investigation into allegations that Gaetz trafficked a minor by paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl… old then
‘We must put an end to it!’: Protesters surrounded the group and got too close for the comfort of security
Just after the group started speaking, someone started blowing a whistle repeatedly during the spectacle. Then the protesters with placards began to approach the group from all sides, with Greene complaining that they were not even allowed to enter the Justice Department lobby on Tuesday.
“We must put an end to it,” a staffer was heard to say after the protesters got a little too close to the lawmakers to console.
Texas Representative Gohmert said into the microphone as they left, “Thank you. For those of you who really care about due process: thank you.’
The group of six pro-Trump members of Congress decided to hold their press conference at the same time as the committee hearing kicked off after Pelosi last week rejected two choices from minority leader Kevin McCarthy to join the vote. panel.
In response, McCarthy eventually pulled all five of his picks.
Pelosi brought forward two anti-Trump Republicans who voted for his impeachment on the select committee: Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Cheney gave one of the two opening speeches, after the chairman of the committee, Bennie Thompson.
The Speaker of the House said over the weekend that Representative Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, whom she vetoed before the committee last week, “would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.”
Gohmert, who called those arrested in connection with Jan. 6 “political prisoners,” speaks to a One America News reporter after the press conference broke, as a sign behind him reads “Traitors + Rapists: Sit Down.”
She also claimed she wouldn’t put up with their “antics,” likely a reference to the two lawmakers who claimed they would use the probe to question Pelosi’s role in not having adequate security at the Capitol complex on Jan. 6. .
They would also seek answers about the rise in political violence in the US, especially from far-left groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Since Pelosi’s rejection, Republicans have only increased their criticism of the commission as a partisan witch hunt to further pin down the attack on former President Donald Trump.
Greene, Gaetz and the four other Justice Department lawmakers want to know the fate of those arrested in connection with the Capitol riots on Tuesday.