WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s claim that she would have “won” the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection had she been involved, calling her remarks “against our fundamental values as a country.”
The Georgia Republican’s comments came Sunday as she dismissed theories that she helped organize the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, which was led by supporters of former Donald Trump as the former president tried to hang on to power after losing the 2020 election.
“I got to tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would’ve been armed,” said Greene, speaking at the New York Young Republican Gala. Bannon, a former top advisor of Trump, was in attendance, the New York Post reported.
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White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said Greene’s comments are “a slap in the face” to police and other law enforcement who worked to protect the Capitol and the families who lost loved ones from the attack.
“It goes against our fundamental values as a country for a member of Congress to wish that the carnage of January 6th had been even worse, and to boast that she would have succeeded in an armed insurrection against the United States government,” Bates said. “All leaders have a responsibility to condemn these dangerous, abhorrent remarks and stand up for our Constitution and the rule of law.”
Five police officers who served at the Capitol on Jan.6 died following the attack and 140 others were injured. The riot also resulted in the deaths of four people who stormed the Capitol.
Greene issued a statement in response to the criticism: “The White House needs to learn how sarcasm works,” she said. “My comments were making fun of Joe Biden and the Democrats, who have continuously made me a political target since January 6th.”
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The congresswoman added: “I will never back down from my support of the Second Amendment. And I will never allow the White House, Democrats, or the media to continue to accuse me of something I had nothing to do with.”
Greene, a close ally of Trump who has embraced QAnon conspiracies, has regularly criticized the prosecution of Jan. 6 defendants and echoed Trump’s false claims about election fraud in the 2020 election.
The White House has worked aggressively to highlight the influential role Greene will have in the new Republican-led Congress in a push to make the polarizing congresswoman the face of the GOP.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has pledged to restore Greene’s House committee assignments that were stripped from her by Democrats in 2021 over a litany of incendiary, conspiratorial and menacing social media posts.
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