Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) launched a scathing critique against the mainstream media, particularly in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful appeal against criminal prosecution over the events of January 6th.
Standing firm in her convictions, Greene offered what she termed a “little history lesson” to the assembled press, questioning their narratives and challenging their integrity.
“Let me give you guys a little history lesson, okay?” Greene began. “When President Trump was inaugurated, Antifa and leftist rioters nearly burned down Washington DC. Did you call it an insurrection? No,” Greene pointedly asked.
Greene criticized the media for a double standard in reporting, juxtaposing the lack of the term “insurrection” used for the violent episodes of 2020 with its application to the January 6th Capitol breach. “BLM raised millions of dollars on the ActBlue Democrat fundraising website, and then proceeded to cause $2 billion in damages across American cities and communities.”
“Did you in the media call it an insurrection? No, you did not!”
The Representative didn’t stop there. “When Joe Biden was inaugurated and this entire Capitol complex was surrounded with 30,000 National Guard troops, none of you stood there and called that an insurrection,” Greene charged.
A federal court on Tuesday ruled that former President Trump is not immune from prosecution for actions taken while serving in office, setting up a blockbuster showdown between Trump and Biden Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith who is leading the two federal criminal cases against him.
In it 57-page opinion, the three-judge DC appeals panel ruled that any immunity Trump may have enjoyed while president no longer applies to him as a private citizen.
“For the purpose of this criminal trial, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant. But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution,” the decision read.
Greene continued to lash out at the Department of Justice and the media’s silence on the treatment of those arrested in connection with January 6th. “Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney at the Department of Justice, is arresting people every single day, throwing them in jail, held them for 22 hours in solitary confinement, unconvicted… Shame on you,” she exclaimed.
In her closing remarks, Greene voiced strong support for Trump, praising his call for peace and integrity in elections. “He said, go in peace. God bless President Trump… Americans do care about our elections and we have every single right to care,” she affirmed.
The unanimous ruling, which included a judge who has previously sided with Trump in his criminal matters, represented a sweeping win for Smith as he pursues 91 felony counts alleging the Republican encouraged violence on January 6th, 2021 and illegally took classified documents containing national secrets and refused to return them when asked by the National Archives.
Trump has maintained his innocence and insisted both cases are part of a “witch hunt” orchestrated by President Joe Biden and his allies.
Until now, the former president’s legal team has been successful in pushing back the start of both federal trials as judges have stayed further action until a review of presidential immunity can be completed. Trump is all but certain to appeal Tuesday’s ruling to the Supreme Court which he must do by February 12th. If the highest court decides to take up the case, it could continue freezing both trials for months.