Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed the ‘vile left’ on Tuesday after a group of protesters overran her press conference with Matt Gaetz and other conservative lawmakers who were running counterprogramming to the Capitol riot committee’s first hearing.
‘Radical communist leftist are hell-bent on silencing free speech in America,’ Greene said in a statement.
‘Just like in California, BLM/Antifa domestic terrorists followed their Democratic Party marching orders and formed a mob to try to shut down America First voices fighting for the truth,’ the Georgia representative added. ‘I refuse to back down to the vile left and will continue to demand answers about January 6th.’
At the same time as the defunct press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s committee investigating the January 6 riot was convening for the first time on Capitol Hill.
Representatives Greene, Gaetz, Louie Gohmer, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Bob Good were ‘demanding answers’ from Attorney General Merrick Garland about the treatment of those arrested in connection to the attack.
They called these pro-Trump detainees ‘political prisoners.’
Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Matt Gaetz (right) were forced to shut down 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 they lawmakers were saying. Finally the protesters got too close for comfort and the press conference ended prematurely
From left: Representatives Bob Good, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz
Greene was rushed by security into a vehicle after the conference abruptly ended and protesters followed the lawmakers off the scene
‘These are not unruly or dangerous violent criminals. These are political prisoners, prisoners who are now being persecuted,’ Gosar said.
Gohmert question of the U.S.: ‘Are we housing political prisoners?’
Protesters showed up in front of 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’re wondering why questions that have been asked by colleagues for many months have gone unanswered,’ Gaetz said before they were forced to prematurely end their event.
The press conference, however, was doomed from the start.
A large paper mache of Trump made an appearance at the conference, along with a sign that read ‘Pedophiles for Trump,’ in reference to the investigation into claims Gaetz trafficked a minor by allegedly paying for sex with a girl who was 17-years-old at the time
‘We need to end it!’: Protesters surrounded the group, getting too close for security’s comfort
Just moments after the group began speaking, someone began repeatedly blowing a whistle through the duration of the spectacle. Then, the sign-holding protesters began closing in on the group from all sides as Greene lamented they weren’t even allowed inside the lobby of the Justice Department on Tuesday.
‘We need to end it,’ one staffer could be heard saying after the demonstrators got a bit too close for comfort to the lawmakers.
Texas Representative Gohmert said into the microphone as they left, ‘Thank you. For those of you that 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 following Pelosi’s last week rejection of two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks to join the panel.
In response, McCarthy ended up pulling all five of his picks.
Pelosi brought on two anti-Trump Republicans who voted for his impeachment to the select committee – Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Cheney gave one of the two opening statements, speaking after committee Chairman Bennie Thompson.
The House speaker said over the weekend that Representative Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, whom she vetoed for the committee last week, ‘would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.’
Gohmert, who called those arrested in connection to January 6 ‘political prisoners’ speaks with a One America News reporter after the press conference broke up as a sign behind him tells ‘Traitors + Rapists: Sit Down’
She also claimed she wouldn’t put up with their ‘antics,’ likely a reference to the two lawmakers’ claiming they would use the probe to question Pelosi’s role in not having adequate security at the Capitol complex on January 6.
They also were going to seek answers regarding the rise in political violence in the U.S., especially from far left groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Since Pelosi’s rejection, Republicans have just increased their criticism of the committee as a partisan witch hunt to further peg the attack on former President Donald Trump.
Greene, Gaetz and the four other lawmakers at the Justice Department on Tuesday want to know what the fate is of those who have been arrested in connection to the Capitol riot.