The White House and other Democrats on Monday condemned far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments over the weekend saying that if she had organized last year’s Capitol riot the mob would have been armed and would have “won.”
“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,” Andrew Bates, deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement provided to The Post.
“This violent rhetoric is a slap in the face to the Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police, the National Guard, and the families who lost loved ones as a result of the attack on the Capitol. All leaders have a responsibility to condemn these dangerous, abhorrent remarks and stand up for our Constitution and the rule of law,” Bates added.
Greene (R-Ga.) was among a number of high-profile Republicans who spoke Saturday night at the New York Young Republican Club in Manhattan.
“I want to tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, we would’ve been armed,” Greene said at the black-tie event that was attended by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas and Donald Trump Jr.
Greene, who has called those jailed for participating in the Capitol violence “political prisoners of war,” also slammed transgender-friendly policies, noting “you can pick up a butt plug or a dildo at Target nowadays.”
In a statement released Monday, Greene said: “The White House needs to learn how sarcasm works.
“My comments were making fun of Joe Biden and the Democrats, who have continuously made me a political target since January 6th,” Greene said in the statement posted on her Twitter account.
Jay Jacobs, the chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, said Greene’s Jan. 6 comments Saturday evening constituted “sedition.”
“It was bad enough that Gavin Wax and the New York Republicans hosted these dangerous and fringe figures from around the country in Manhattan; what’s worse is that Marjorie Tylor Greene claimed that she would have been able to violently overthrow the United States Government had she led the January 6th Insurrection,” he said in a statement.
“That is sedition.”
The crowd of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to disrupt Congress’ vote to certify the 2020 president election for Joe Biden.
Five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died in the days and weeks after the attack.
In June 2021, Greene was among 21 House Republicans who voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to the officers who protected lawmakers that day.
Greene claimed she objected to language in the bill that referred to the events of Jan. 6 as an “insurrection.”
“I wouldn’t call it an insurrection,” she told reporters at the time.
Sicknick’s parents refused to shake the hands of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at an event last week in the Capitol to award the Congressional Gold Medals.
The Kentucky Republican called Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the storming of the Capitol, but voted to acquit the 45th president in his February 2021 impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the attack.