The White House reacted furiously to far-right Georgia GOP congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying her latest remarks about the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising were a “slap in the face” from law enforcement officials and victims’ families.
The backlash comes after far-right influencers, white nationalists, neo-fascist activists and extremist European figures mingled with Republican members of Congress and allies of Donald Trump at a black-tie event in New York City, where Ms. Greene suggested rioters “would” ve been armed’ if she had staged the attack.
At the group’s annual gala in Manhattan on Dec. 10, the president of the New York Young Republicans Club declared “all-out war” on the political left, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose reporters attended the meeting.
“We want to cross the Rubicon,” group chairman Gavin Wax told a crowd in the Upper East Side, according to the SPLC’s Hatewatch. “We want all-out war. We must be ready to compete in any arena. In the media. In the courtroom. At the ballot box. And on the street.”
Those in attendance included Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr, along with members of the white nationalist website VDARE, “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobeic, and several people associated with the right-wing propaganda operation Project Veritas, according to Hatewatch and The New York Post.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Greene, who was recently re-elected to a second term in the House of Representatives, mocked allegations that she led tours of the Capitol in the days leading up to the attack, fueled by unfounded conspiracy theories. and false claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.
“Before you know it, I’ve organized the whole thing, along with Steve Bannon,” she said video footage and event reporting.
“I’ll tell you something: if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won,” she said. “Not to mention, it would have been armed.”
As a result of the uprising, one person was shot and the riot led to the deaths of two police officers.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates told CBS News that it “goes against our fundamental values as a country for a congressman to wish the January 6 massacre had been worse and to brag that she would have succeeded in an armed insurrection against the government of the United States”.
“This violent rhetoric is a slap in the face to the Capitol Police, DC Metropolitan Police, National Guard and the families who have lost loved ones as a result of the attack on the Capitol,” he added. “All leaders have a responsibility to condemn these dangerous, abhorrent remarks and stand up for our Constitution and the rule of law.”
Speakers at the right-wing event reportedly praised its anti-democratic and authoritarian ideology, in front of an audience that included far-right European party members from groups such as Alternative for Germany and the Austrian Freedom Party.
Photos from the event shared on social media show Bannon posing for photos with VDARE’s white supremacist Peter Brimelow.
Newly elected congressmen at the event included Mike Collins of Georgia, Cory Mills of Florida and George Santos of New York, according to Hatewatch and The mail.
In his closing remarks, Trump Jr. relied on well-known right-wing targets, including Hunter Biden and LGBT+ people; Ms Greene at one point referred to a mock Project Veritas video about LGBT+ education, claiming that teachers “pass on dildos, butt plugs and lube,” she said.
She also seemed to regret that congressional Republicans cannot arrest and prosecute their political opponents.
“We can’t arrest people, we can’t prosecute people and we can’t put people in jail,” he said. she said. “That’s the job and the role of the Justice Department and the FBI, and they’re corrupt, they’re serving the Democratic agenda, and they’re not going to help us a dime.”