What 'Victim' MTG Has Previously Said About Jan. 6 Riot

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed she was a victim of the January 6 Capitol riot in her heated debate with Democratic opponent Marcus Flowers on Sunday.

Flowers and Greene traded blows as they both attempted to prove to voters why they should be chosen to represent Georgia's 14th congressional district during a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.

Social media users and viewers of the debate were quick to highlight that Greene's rhetoric on January 6 has differed over the last few years.

Flowers confronted the Republican incumbent about her stance on the riots at the Capitol and questioned why she was more concerned with these "criminals" rather than those in her district.

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A screengrab of Marjorie Taylor Greene during her debate with Marcus Flowers. During the debate Greene claimed she was a victim of the January 6 riots. Atlanta Press Club

This moment and Greene's reply have since gone viral on social media and been viewed more than 100,000 times.

She said: "I care about stopping the two-tier justice system that is happening right now in America.

"I was a victim of the January 6 riot and I have said it over and over again, I am completely against what happened on January 6.

"But I will not stand by and watch [Attorney-General] Merrick Garland turn the Department of Justice into a political weapon and the FBI sending it after parents that are addressing their school boards.

"People that walked in the Capitol and have been held in jail for nearly two years while Antifa and BLM [Black Lives Matter] rioters go free and are never held accountable."

However, following the debate, videos of Greene's comments on the topic of Jan. 6 began to circulate again on Twitter.

One clip was from her appearance on former White House strategist Steve Bannon's podcast in June 2021 where she attempted to defend the riots.

"The real truth is the communist revolution that the Democrats funded and waged every single day and every single night in American cities all across our country.

"That was an attack on innocent American people whereas January 6 was just a riot at the Capitol.

"If you think about what our declaration of independence says it says to overthrow tyrants.

"So there is a clear difference between January 6 and the Marxist communist revolution that Antifa, BLM, Democrat ground troops waged on the American people in 2020."

Political commentator and YouTuber Brian Tyler Cohen shared an old video of Greene following her claim that she was a "victim" of the January 6 riots.

The video, taken in December 2020, shows Greene stating that she, her team, and others were gearing up for a January 6 "objection" to Joe Biden's win in the presidential election.

"Just finished up our meeting at the White House this afternoon, we had a great planning session for our January 6 objection," she said.

"We aren't going to let this election be stolen by Joe Biden and the Democrats, President Trump won by a landslide.

"Call your House Reps, the Senators from your state, we have got to make sure that they are on board and we already have a lot of people engaged."

Greene has also faced accusations that she took part in the insurrection and should be held responsible and not be allowed to stand for re-election.

However, a judge said in May that he saw no evidence the Georgia Republican engaged in insurrection and therefore should remain on the ballot.

A group of constituents from her northwest Georgia district, backed by a liberal advocacy group, had attempted to have Greene removed from the ballot under the third section of the 14th Amendment, according to a report in The New York Times.

The section declares that "no personal shall" hold "any office civil or military, under the United States, or under any state who, having previously taken an oath [to] support the Constitution [had then] engaged in insurrection or rebellion".

Judge Charles Beaudrot of Georgia's Administrative Court issued a 19-page ruling and explained he remained unconvinced.

"The evidence does not show Rep. Greene engaged in months of planning and plotting to bring about the Invasion and defeat the orderly transfer of power provided for in our Constitution," Beaudrot wrote.

"Her public statements and heated rhetoric may well have contributed to the environment that ultimately led to the Invasion.

"Heated political rhetoric? Yes," the judge said. "Encouragement to supporters of efforts to prevent certification of the election of President Biden? Yes. Encouragement to attend the Save America Rally or other rallies and to demonstrate against the certification of the election results? Yes. A call to arms for consummation of a pre-planned violent revolution? No."

Newsweek has contacted Marjorie Taylor Greene for comment.