At a Tuesday press conference, Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) faced a protest presence intense enough that it led to an abrupt end to the proceedings, after which Gaetz and Greene swiftly left the premises. An individual blowing a whistle appears to have been among the first to show up in opposition to Gaetz, Greene, and their allies who were present, while soon after, a group of demonstrators with signs moved closer to the scene. One of the signs called the January riot at the Capitol an “inside job,” reflecting the role of election integrity lies spread by certain Republican leaders in inspiring the violence.
An attempt to hold a press conference by Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz and company was just shut down by protesters pic.twitter.com/7eP13hPZtT
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 27, 2021
The attempted press conference was unfolding outside of the Department of Justice in D.C. Notably, Gaetz has been under investigation by that very department for his potential involvement in child sex trafficking. Also, funnily enough — just moments before Greene, Gaetz, and the others abandoned the attempted press conference, Greene proclaimed that she and her cohorts were “not deterred” and “will not back down.” As it turns out, they actually would back down, at least in this instance. Check out footage of the moment when the press conference fell apart on Tuesday below:
WATCH: Protesters interrupt news conference with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and others on January 6th. Press conference ends.
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2021
The press conference that Gaetz attempted to hold alongside Greene and others featured complaints from those present about the response to the January riot at the Capitol. At one point, for instance, Greene alleged that intelligence agents “knew… that there were threats of violence,” although it’s bizarre — to say the least — to somehow blame authorities for failing to preemptively curtail an unprecedented event in American history. There have been direct accusations from certain Republicans that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was somehow at fault for failing to appropriately secure the Capitol ahead of what happened — but the “Speaker of the House is not in charge of Capitol security,” CNN bluntly notes. These Republicans claiming otherwise are not speaking truthfully — they’re just wielding conspiracy theories.