Asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about recently released videos showing new angles on the mob attack on Capitol Hill, Rep. Greene was evasive in admitting that the crowd was largely Trump supporters, easily identifiable in their badges. MAGA.
“American taxpayers pay for everything here,” she said. “They pay for the building. They pay for the cameras. They pay the staff. They pay my salary. They pay for everything. This is the type of video they deserve to see publicly.
The CNN presenter then asked her if she saw the large contingent of Trump supporters at the event, many of whom later said directly in court that the former president inspired them to be there. Rep Greene dodged once more.
“There are all kinds of people involved in the riots,” she said. “There are people dressed in black. There are people with red hats. There are people in Trump clothes.
In recent months, the GOP has focused much of its public messages on defending the country against a figurative crowd of leftist protesters with ties to “antifa,” critical race theory, a host of other conservative bogeymen, but sought to downplay his ties. to the crowd of far-right Trump fans who stormed their workplaces and threatened their lives.
Last week, 21 House Republicans voted against awarding Congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol police officers who defended them that day, even drawing criticism from fellow Republicans like Adam Kinzinger , who wrote on Twitter after the vote: “How can you vote no to this is beyond me.” Again, denying an insurgency is too. “
Last month, Republicans also blocked the passage of a bipartisan commission that would investigate the riot, expanding modest congressional investigations already underway, a move criticized by relatives of Capitol Hill police officers who were injured or killed on January 6.
The GOP’s reluctance to engage further on the issue may have been due to its deep ties to the trends and numbers that allowed the Capitol Riot to happen in the first place. The staunch Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were undoubtedly encouraged by the former president and his congressional allies, who spent months claiming without proof that the election was rigged and did not largely not evolved since.
Despite occasional criticism from moderate Republicans like Rep Kinzinger, the party has largely avoided hitting Mr. Trump, who remains extremely popular with the grassroots and influential with the party.