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Marjorie Taylor Greene Pushes Republicans To Show Pity For Jan. 6 Rioters

WASHINGTON – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is pushing Republicans to make use of their majority within the House of Representatives to point out sympathy to the rioters who trashed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

This week, Greene requested Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a member of the Republican management crew, if he would help investigations into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s dealing with of Capitol safety and the supposed mistreatment of rioters held at D.C. jail.

“I’d asked him if he would support investigations into Nancy Pelosi’s handling of security at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Greene stated in response to a question from HuffPost. “I also asked him if he would support investigations into the treatment of pretrial January 6 defendants.”

Scalise backed the thought of such an investigation, based on Greene. “He said that he would support it through the committees so that each committee, the committee’s assigned to that would be handling it.”

A serious consequence of Republicans successful management of the House in final week’s elections is the elevation of Greene, who’s barred from serving on committees within the present Congress due to her previous statements, together with ones casting doubt on school shootings and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The concept that individuals have been handled unfairly for taking part in a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, as a part of an try and overthrow the 2020 presidential election, is an extension of Donald Trump’s monumental lies that the election was rigged and stolen. Trump and plenty of different Republicans have falsely recommended Pelosi intentionally left the Capitol susceptible to assault.

Trump, who introduced his 2024 presidential marketing campaign this week, has stated he would pardon the rioters if he wins.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated earlier this year that if Republicans prevail within the midterms, Greene could be allowed on committees. As McCarthy sought the social gathering’s nomination for speaker this week, Greene enthusiastically backed him, breaking with different far-right Republicans.

Greene has stated she hopes to get a coveted seat on the House Oversight Committee, the panel that can deal with the highest-profile investigations of the Biden administration. Greene stated it’s additionally the committee that will possible lead the Jan. 6 investigations she desires.

Oversight’s prime Republican and certain chair within the subsequent Congress is Rep. Jamie Comer (R-Ky.), who has already indicated the panel will obsess over alleged crimes dedicated by the Biden household.

“I look forward to talking with Jamie Comer who will be our chairman on Oversight and talking with him” about investigations, Greene stated.

Representatives for Comer and Scalise didn’t reply to requests for remark.

The alleged plight of about 40 Jan. 6 defendants in pretrial detention at Washington’s Correctional Treatment Facility has turn into a trigger celebre amongst far-right politicians, pundits and influencers, all of whom confer with the defendants as “political prisoners.”

In 2021, Greene, together with fellow far-right Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas), visited the jail’s “Patriot Wing,” the place the defendants, largely white males, have been segregated from different inmates, who’re largely Black.

The Jan. 6 defendants — accused of a few of the most egregious crimes through the assault on the Capitol — have shaped what they name the “Patriots pod,” nightly singing the nationwide anthem collectively at 9 p.m. They have usually publicly complained concerning the situations within the jail whereas (*6*) lots of of 1000’s of {dollars} in donations from supporters.

“I’ve never seen human suffering like I witnessed last night,” Greene tweeted after her go to. “While some were shown to us in seemingly beneficial programs, others were in tortuous lockdown. I’ll never forget hearing their screams.”

She added that the go to was like “walking into a prisoner of war camp and seeing men whose eyes can’t believe someone had made it in to see them. They are suffering greatly.”

Although investigations have proven that there are actual issues with the D.C. jail, and that many inmates are held in horrible situations, these issues existed lengthy earlier than the Jan. 6 defendants arrived. The situations, furthermore, usually are not in contrast to these in jails throughout America.

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