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White House condemns Greene for claiming she ‘won’ January 6 insurrection

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The White House on Monday strongly condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) claim that she and former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon executed a successful attack on Jan. 6, 2021, s’ they had organized the assault. of the US Capitol and that they were “armed”.

The controversial Republican has pushed back against theories that she was a ringleader in the violent incident that injured more than 100 law enforcement officers. “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 said Saturday at a dinner hosted by the New York Young Republican Club, according to the New York Post.

White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said the comments were a “slap in the face” to law enforcement officers who risked their lives to protect Greene and other lawmakers from the violent mob seeking to void the results of the 2020 presidential election and stop Congress from counting electoral votes for Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.

“This violent rhetoric is a slap in the face to the Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police, the National Guard and the families who lost loved ones in the attack on the Capitol,” Bates said in a statement.

“All leaders have a responsibility to condemn these dangerous and heinous words and to defend our Constitution and the rule of law,” Bates added.

On Dec. 12, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for saying she would have “won” the insurgency. (Video: The Washington Post)

Highlighting the criticism, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during the daily briefing on Monday afternoon that “it is simply contrary to our values ​​as a country that a member of Congress wish the carnage of January 6 had been even worse and brag that they would have succeeded in an armed insurrection against the United States government. Jean-Pierre added: “And he is someone whose committee positions are expected to be reinstated. So we should let that sink in.

Greene said Monday his comment was a “sarcastic joke” about President Biden in a statement that mentioned Hollywood celebrities, drag queens and antifa.

“The White House needs to learn how sarcasm works,” Greene said. “My comments mocked Joe Biden and the Democrats, who have consistently made me a political target since Jan. 6.”

Greene has consistently argued that participants in the Jan. 6 attack were abused, and she has indicated that she plans to investigate the bipartisan House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attacks when Republicans took over. majority in January. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who hopes to become president of the next Congress, also signaled that the GOP would investigate the panel.

The insurrection, the worst attack on the seat of American democracy in more than two centuries, left four dead and police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who had been sprayed with a powerful chemical irritant, was hit twice and died the day after. About 140 law enforcement personnel were injured when rioters attacked them with flag poles, baseball bats, stun guns, pepper spray and pepper spray.

Greene initially objected to the wording of the original legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals — Congress’s highest honor — to police officers who protected the Capitol and lawmakers that day.

“I wouldn’t call it an insurrection,” she told Politico at the time.

At the ceremony last week, when Congress presented the medals, Sicknick’s family members refused to shake hands with Republican leaders because of their loyalty to Trump.

McCarthy pledged to award Greene committee assignments next year; the first-term lawmaker was stripped of them in February 2021 for expressing extremist views, including being an open adherent of QAnon ideology, a network of false claims that played a role in inspiring the attack on the Capitol. She also claimed that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by government forces and that a Jewish cabal started a deadly forest fire with a space beam.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection presented its findings and voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump on Oct. 13. (Video: Blair Guild/The Washington Post)

On January 3, Greene is to be sworn in for another term and take an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.

McCarthy’s office did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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