Marjorie Taylor Greene says Tyre Nichols’ death had ‘nothing to do with race’
Marjorie Taylor Greene says Tyre Nichols’ death was in a ‘Democrat-controlled’ city and was ‘nothing to do with race’ – and asks why no one cares about Ashli Babbitt’s death in her return to House committee
- Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made her first public committee appearance since getting her assignments back after they were stripped by Democrats in 2021
- She’s now on the Homeland Security and Oversight committees
- The Georgia Republican called for an investigation into ‘civil rights abuses’ of people jailed for rioting at the Capitol on January 6
Firebrand GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday downplayed the gruesome killing of Tyre Nichols while suggesting a probe into the death of January 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, in her first committee appearance since House Democrats stripped her of her assignments in the last Congress.
Speaking at a House Oversight Committee hearing today – one of two powerful panels she scored seats on this month – Greene called on its chair Rep. James Comer of Kentucky to probe ‘civil rights abuses’ of people jailed for storming the US Capitol in 2021.
Meanwhile she denounced Nichols’ police killing as ‘tragic’ but pointed out that Memphis, the city he died in, is ‘Democrat-controlled.’
Greene also denied that racism played a role in the 29-year-old’s death because the five officers charged in the matter were black.
‘I watched the video and it was tragic and extremely difficult to watch,’ the congresswoman said.
Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made her first public committee appearance of the 118th Congress on Tuesday
‘I would also like to point out that that city is Democrat-controlled, and the five officers who have been arrested and charged are black, and I think that this isn’t an issue of racism or anything like that.’
She added, ‘I think that the judge and the jury and the trial needs to work out what happened there.’
Greene then pointed out that Babbitt’s mother was sitting in the committee room.
Babbitt was killed while at the front of a mob trying to break into the Speaker’s Lobby of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
She was shot by a police officer while trying to climb through broken glass just feet away from where lawmakers were fleeing the chamber.
The Air Force veteran was a fierce supporter of Donald Trump’s, and have become a martyr of sorts for the hardline right and members of the former president’s orbit who have since sought to downplay the riot.
‘There’s a woman in this room whose daughter was murdered on January 6. Ashli Babbitt. And Ashli Babbitt has – there’s never been a trial. As a matter of fact, no one has cared about the person that shot and killed her,’ Greene said.
She claimed 29-year-old Tyre Nichols’ death as result of being brutally beaten by Memphis police was not about race because the five officers charged with his death are black
MTG suggested she’d want this Congress to look into the death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021, as well as ‘civil rights abuses’ of others who have been jailed for storming the Capitol that day
Insurrectionists loyal to then-President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The officer who shot Babbitt was cleared of wrongdoing by an internal US Capitol Police investigation.
Greene signaled she wanted to look further into it when she stated, ‘no one in this Congress has really addressed that issue.’
She went on to repeat her previous denunciations of the treatment of those Trump supporters who have been charged and jailed for illegally entering the Capitol complex that day.
‘I believe that there are many people that came into the Capitol on January 6 whose civil rights and liberties are being violated heavily,’ Greene said.
‘And this committee will, I hope, Mr. Chairman, look into those civil rights abuses, because they’re happening in a jail right here in this city.’
It’s an explosive start to Greene’s tenure on the Oversight Committee as well as the Homeland Security Committee.
She got the two valuable assignments after being instrumental in helping House Speaker Kevin McCarthy win the gavel through 15 grueling rounds of voting.
House Democrats had stripped her of her committee assignments on the Education and Labor panels in early 2021, over her inflammatory social media presence before coming to Capitol Hill.
She had promoted ‘false flag’ conspiracy theories about school shootings and promoted posts calling for the death of prominent Democrats.
That vote had fallen largely on party lines, 230 to 199, with 11 House Republicans voting with Democrats to demote Greene.