Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has now spoken out against antics undertaken by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), characterizing a recent press conference that they attempted to hold outside of the Department of Justice as a “disgrace.” The point of that press conference, which Gaetz, Greene, and those with them abandoned after interruptions by protesters, was to complain about the treatment of individuals who have been detained in connection to the Capitol riot. Positioning themselves as defenders of the rioters, who have been referred to on the far-right as “political prisoners,” was not somehow necessary for the broader purpose of advocating for fair jail conditions, but that’s exactly what Gaetz, Greene, and the others did.
Cheney commented as follows, discussing the antics and referring to the House’s riot investigation committee:
‘The fact that so many members of our leadership and others — the fact that they’ve gone from recognizing what happened on the 6th to protesting in front of the Justice Department on behalf of those who were part of the insurrection is something that I can’t explain. I think it’s a disgrace. And I know that this committee will be focused on getting to the truth of what happened in a non-political, nonpartisan way.’
Check out her comments below:
Cheney on her fellow Republicans:
“The fact that they’ve gone from recognizing what happened on the 6th to protesting in front of the DOJ on behalf of those who are part of the insurrection… I think it’s a disgrace.” pic.twitter.com/2ttuLqSDNl
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 27, 2021
The implication that Gaetz and Greene appear to be pushing is that there’s some kind of concerted effort to unjustly harass Trump supporters. Gaetz and Greene, alongside others, have even promoted the ridiculous claim that federal agents possibly hid among the Capitol rioters on January 6, with the idea apparently that these supposed federal personnel purposefully cultivated the violence. Gaetz also promoted the false claim that individuals associated with the left-wing group known as “Antifa” were possibly secretly among the Capitol attackers, and in far-right circles, the allegation spread that the riot had been incited to smear Trump’s supporters.
So — that’s where Gaetz, Greene, and the others are coming from. Instead of engaging with the actual issues — including the reality that Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, directly inspired by Donald Trump — they’re pretending that there’s some kind of nefarious conspiracy.