Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) slammed the Capitol rioters who disrupted the Electoral College objection efforts on Jan 6, adding that the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol “ruined” GOP plans and were targeting all lawmakers from both parties.
“If the Jan 6 organizers were Trump supporters, then why did they attack us while we were objecting to electoral college votes for Joe Biden? The attack RUINED our objection that we spent weeks preparing for, which devastated our efforts on behalf of Trump and his voters,” Greene tweeted Tuesday ahead of the impeachment trial in a series of tweets.
“They placed pipe bombs at the RNC and the DNC the night before. They did NOT just target one party. They targeted Republicans and Democrats. They were against the government ALL together,” she continued in another tweet.
The controversial Georgia freshman continued in the tweet thread stating how “very upset, scared, and terrified” she was for everyone from lawmakers to staff and reporters that were inside the Capitol as the riot attacks occurred, noting that she made a video urging the mob “to stop” and “protest peacefully.”
“I will be forever grateful to my Republican colleagues who bravely helped the police protect us and blocked the door,” Greene stated. “They courageously risked their lives against the attackers trying to get in.”
Greene added that the Capitol riot was “planned and organized,” disputing Democrats’ claims that it was incited by former President Donald Trump from his remarks at the Save America Rally an hour before the Capitol breach. She emphasized that everyone in the Capitol during the events unfolding were “victims that day” but Trump is a “victim of the never-ending hate-fueled witch hunt.”
She concluded by calling the impeachment trial, which came as the Senate convened its second impeachment trial of Trump, a Democrats’ “circus” meant to distract Americans from the “rapidly forced” Democratic policies being implemented that are currently destroying American lives, “steal our freedoms and putting America last.”
“This impeachment trial a circus for the Democrat media mob to entertain the masses that they have brainwashed and addicted to hate, so they don’t see the Dem policies being rapidly forced into place that is destroying our lives, stealing our freedoms, and putting America last,” Greene said in the final six tweet thread post.
The former president told supporters at the rally to go “walk down to the Capitol” as the joint session of Congress began the certification of the Electoral College votes to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women,” adding: “We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Trump’s legal team, led by Bruce Castor and David Schoen argued that his use of the word “fight” was figurative and meant to mean political action on election security, not anything constituting incitement “with the action at the Capitol. The attorneys intend to show footage of Democrats using words like “fight” and calling for protests during Trump’s presidency to argue that he is being held to a double standard for his fiery rhetoric.
Nearly 200 Capitol rioters have been arrested for the violent role they took part in during the Capitol siege. According to federal court documents, attorney statements, and those taking part in media interview blitz, at least 29 staunch supporters of the former president are claiming that they were merely doing what the nation leader influenced them to do. The accused insurrectionist are arguing purported influence solely for reduced sentencing as part of a plea deal.
The most recognizable Capitol intruder who was dressed like a Viking, bare-chested with his face painted and donning a horned, fur-lined headdress on top of his head is turning on Trump and offered to testify against the former president during the Senate impeachment trial. The “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley attempted through his attorney to have the former president before leaving office to include some of the Capitol insurrectionists in his final pardon list, but ultimately failed with the Senate also refusing to take up his offer in testifying that he was “incited” and “inspired” by Trump.
A week after the Capitol siege, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for the second time in less than a year on a single charge of inciting an insurrection related to events of Jan 6. The Senate trial convened on Tuesday and is expected to last about a week.
Several GOP lawmakers from both chambers initially planned to object to the Electoral College results that day unaware such an event would ever occur. Over 100 House members and dozen senators announced days prior to Jan 6 that they will formally object to the Electoral College count. A group of eleven GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced their plans to object to the certification of the presidential election results until an Electoral Commission conducted an emergency 10-day audit in those disputed states.
“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” the statement reads. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”
The eleven GOP senators led by Cruz included Sens. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mike Braun (IN), Steve Daines (MT), Ron Johnson (WI), John Kennedy (LA), James Lankford (OK), as well as newly elected Sens. Bill Hagerty (TN), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Roger Marshall (KS) and Tommy Tuberville (AL).
The group noted a similar commission that was made of five House representatives, five senators, and five Supreme Court justices to review the allegations of fraud in the 1876 election.
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on Jan. 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first to announce efforts in objecting to the certification of the Electoral College votes, citing the need to put in the “spotlight” election irregularities, notably Pennsylvania for not following their own state election law, as well as the “unprecedented interference” from Big Tech in interfering “in support” of Biden.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden,” Hawley said in a statement.
The joint session of Congress was expected to be a long day full of debates in delaying Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, as Republicans planned objections of six battleground election results as means to address the issue of voter irregularities. However, just shortly after an hour into the objection of the results of Arizona, a mob of pro-Trump supporters overran Capitol officers in front of the complex and breached inside the U.S. Capitol building, forcing lawmakers, staff, and reporters into hiding for over 6 hours.
Congress reconvened later in the evening of Jan 6 after the rioters were cleared and only held two votes, finishing Arizona vote objections and Pennsylvania. 121 House Republicans voted in favor of the Arizona objection while 138 voted in favor of the Pennsylvania objection. On the Senate side, they also held votes to decertify the electors in those two states after the riot. Six Republicans supported the effort in Arizona while only 7 Senators supported the objection for Pennsylvania.
By the early morning hours of the 7th, Biden was handed the victor of the electoral college.