In a new article published at The Guardian, Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) shares some of his experiences around the violence of January 6, 2021 — rebuking the surprising narrative from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) that no Democrats stuck around to help defend the House chamber as rioters moved into the Capitol building.
Greene raises that idea in a new book. “As they began barricading the door with furniture, I noticed not one Democrat was willing to stay to defend the chamber,” she said. Well, Crow was there.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn’t exist in the same reality as the rest of us. For those of us who were there on January 6 and actually defended the chamber from violent insurrectionists, her view is patently false. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” he said. There is photographic documentation of some of what Crow was doing that day, including help for fellow member of Congress Susan Wild, a Pennsylvania Democrat. He’s a former Army Ranger.
Notably, Greene also claims in the book that Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) was armed that day. Higgins much more recently promoted bizarre conspiracy theories about January 6, presenting a photo during a hearing of two purportedly white-painted buses that he insisted — without equivocation — were carrying secret FBI cooperators that day. The idea is that covert feds led the Capitol violence as some kind of entrapment operation… or something. There’s no real-world evidence for the claims. Higgins was speaking at the time to FBI Director Christopher Wray, who rejected the idea that the FBI covertly led the Capitol riot in the course of their discussion… a discussion that was mostly Higgins talking.
“If you are asking whether the violence at the Capitol on January 6 was part of some operation orchestrated by FBI sources and/or agents, the answer is emphatically no,” Wray said.