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Marjorie Taylor Greene says Jan 6 insurrectionists would have “won” if she organized it

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.Photo: Gage Skidmore

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) claimed in a video that surfaced over the weekend that she and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon would have “won” if they had organized the January 6 Capitol Insurrection, the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election that resulted in the deaths of five people.

And some say that it could lead to further legal woes for the first-term Congress member.

“Then January 6 happened, and, next thing you know, I organized the whole thing, along with Steve Bannon here,” she said at a New York Young Republican Club event sarcastically. “And I will tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would’ve been armed.”

“See that’s the whole joke, isn’t it? They say that whole thing was planned and I’m like, are you kidding me? A bunch of conservatives, Second Amendment supporters, went in the Capitol without guns, and they think that we organized that?” she then added.

One journalist said that Greene’s words could be “an endorsement of violence.”

“What this congresswoman is saying is they were insufficiently armed, she was playing to the crowd but what she is saying is without accountability, failed insurrections are just practice,” CNN’s John Avlon said.

“They would have succeeded and would have come armed,” he continued. “That’s a statement with real weight if you’re a member of Congress. That’s an endorsement of violence.”

Greene has long shown sympathy for the January 6 insurrectionists, both for them as people and for their cause, which was to stop the result of a democratic election from going into effect because it was not the result they preferred.

She told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that Donald Trump – in his final days in the White House – should declare martial law to stop President Joe Biden from starting his presidency.

“In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall [sic] law,” Greene texted Meadows on January 17, 2021. “I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!”

In the nearly two years since the attempt to overthrow the U.S. government, Greene has repeatedly pleaded for leniency for the insurrectionists, going so far as to pray with a gay Trump supporter sitting in a fake jail cell at a conservative conference to represent the “horrific” effects of prosecuting them.

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