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Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene delivered a blistering speech on Tuesday from the U.S. House floor.
In her remarks, Greene has joined GOP opposition to a partisan commission to investigate the Capitol mayhem from Jan. 6.
“The question that comes to mind is this: What about all the riots that happened during the summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd? What about the damage caused to federal buildings, churches, people’s businesses, and innocent people that were killed? … Is that not an insurrection?” Greene asked.
Greene also said those who took part in the Capitol protests have been “abused” in jail and “held for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.”
She also called for “justice” for the killing of Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer on Jan. 6.
“And lastly, when will the witch hunt of Donald J Trump come to an end and all of those who support him?” she said.
Instead of continuing the witch hunt against President Trump and his supporters, we need to investigate BLM/Antifa domestic terrorism!
Watch my floor speech from this morning! pic.twitter.com/naaB7dvky5
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) May 18, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy came out Tuesday against the proposal to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 protests.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a written statement.
McCarthy slammed talks on the commission, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her approach during negotiations.
“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” McCarthy said.
Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar claimed during a congressional hearing last week that “outright propaganda and lies are being used to unleash the national security state against law-abiding US citizens, especially Trump voters.”
Gosar described those who took part on Jan. 6 as “peaceful patriots” and Babbitt as a “veteran wrapped in the American flag” and “executed.”
The “real” insurrection, he claimed, was the FBI’s investigation into “Russia, Russia, Russia” following the 2016 elections.