Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Trump Supporters Who Breached Capitol 'Being Abused' in Fed Custody

Georgia GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 are "being abused" in federal custody as she blasted House calls for a commission to study the insurrection.

Greene, who earlier this month said the Capitol rioters were not Trump supporters at all, took a different approach Tuesday as she made a House floor statement in opposition to a proposed study of the January 6 events. The Georgia Republican said the study is just a "witch hunt" targeting Trump and "all those who support him." Despite touting U.S. law enforcement officers, she accused federal authorities of abusing suspected rioters in custody. Greene reiterated that last summer's nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd were the costliest "insurrection" Congress should investigate, not the January 6 riots.

"While it's catch-and-release for domestic terrorists in antifa and BLM, the people who breached the Capitol on January 6 are being abused. Some even being held for 23-hours-a-day in solitary confinement," Greene said Tuesday.

"When will the witch hunt of Donald J. Trump and all of those who support him come to an end?" she said, denouncing the insurrection study altogether.

Greene told Georgia supporters earlier this month that she didn't believe Trump supporters were among those arrested by the FBI and federal authorities for the January 6 attacks.

"Trump supporters are not domestic terrorists," Greene told supporters in Rockmart, Georgia, earlier this month. "That's a lie. Most of the people they have arrested that did the damage and really were the ones doing it didn't really vote. So I wouldn't call them Trump supporters, I wouldn't call them any supporters, they didn't vote. What they were is they were anti-government."

One of the arrested individuals, 33-year-old Jacob Chansley, aka Jake Angeli, drew headlines a week after the insurrection after he refused to eat non-organic food while in federal custody.

Greene on Tuesday also demanded an investigation into the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt, who was killed while trying to breach a set of doors inside the Capitol. Federal prosecutors announced last month that the U.S. Capitol officer who shot her was cleared of wrongdoing.

"I rise in opposition against the commission to study the events of January 6 as well as spending $2 billion in security supplemental," Taylor Greene said. "What about all the riots that happened during the summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd? What about all the damage caused to federal buildings, churches, people's businesses and innocent people that were killed, like David Dorn?"

Dorn, a Black private security officer and retired police captain, was fatally shot on June 2, 2020, as he responded to a store alarm amid citywide protests against George Floyd's death in St. Louis.

In total, more than 350 people were charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, with 35 of them also accused of possessing a dangerous or deadly weapon. More than 125 defendants were charged with assaulting officers, with 35 of them also charged with weapon possession, the Justice Department said last week.

Fifty-seven of those arrested were tied to extremist groups including Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Texas Freedom Force and the online conspiracy group, QAnon.

Greene, however, chose to focus her Tuesday criticism toward the House's failure to investigate Black Lives Matter, antifa and other so-called left-wing groups.

Unlike Greene, who has vacillated on whether Trump or his supporters were involved in the deadly riots, numerous Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been very clear.

"There is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of that day," he said the day after Trump was not convicted during his second impeachment trial.

Newsweek reached out to Greene's office Tuesday for additional remarks.

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Georgia GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 are "being abused" in federal custody as she blasted House calls for a commission to study the insurrection. Screenshot: YouTube