Marjorie Taylor Greene says she can’t remember if she discussed with Donald Trump or other lawmakers the possibility of implementing martial law as a tactic to keep the presidency after his loss. Fortunately there are records that she could, if she’d like, look at to refresh her memory.
CNN has published a series of text messages turned over by Mark Meadows, sent to and from a variety of individuals in conservative media, and in and around government, demonstrating the planning and discussions that went on in advance of the January 6th attack, and immediately after it. Among other things, the messages give the lie to Greene’s attempts to distance herself from the failed coup attempt.
Typically when one calls to overthrow the government, it’s not very forgettable, but here’s Greene last week saying that she can’t remember whether martial law was ever discussed.
Q: "Prior to the inauguration in 2021, did you advocate for martial law with the president of the United States?"
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: "I don't recall." pic.twitter.com/zNTkKtiMVN
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 25, 2022
However, the texts published on Monday show that not only did she suggest martial (or “marshall”) law, in a message to Mark Meadows, she did so well after the violence of January 6th was under control — eliminating any excuse that the measure would have been a response to the attack, rather than as a means to maintain control.
Her text, sent on January 17th, follows verbatim:
In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law. I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!
It’s unclear what other Members of Congress were in the chat, or who specifically advocated for martial law, but entirely clear that Greene passed the message on in an attempt to get it to Trump.
The messages also seem to indicate that she lied about initially believing the attackers were “antifa,” as during the attack she first pleaded to have Trump call for calm (surely she didn’t believe that antifa would obey Trump), and only later switched to blaming antifa — only after Jason Miller suggested that Trump blame antifa.
Greene’s first January 6th text to Meadows:
Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people This isn’t the way to solve anything
Miller’s text to Meadows and Dan Scavino:
Call me crazy, but ideas for two tweets from POTUS: 1) Bad apples, likely ANTIFA or other crazed leftists, infiltrated today’s peaceful protest over the fraudulent vote count. Violence is never acceptable! MAGA supporters embrace our police and the rule of law and should leave the Capitol now! 2) The fake news media who encouraged this summer’s violent and radical riots are now trying to blame peaceful and innocent MAGA supporters for violent actions. This isn’t who we are! Our people should head home and let the criminals suffer the consequences!
Greene’s second text to Meadows:
Mark we don’t think these attackers are our people. We think they are Antifa. Dressed like Trump supporters.
Here is Greene claiming under oath that she and others initially thought that the attackers were antifa or Black Lives Matter.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on January 6th: "I only knew what I was told. I had heard a gunshot. We all heard it. We were so confused. We thought Antifa was breaking in or BLM, because those were the riots that had gone on and on all throughout 2020, day in and day out." pic.twitter.com/7EMTQomBvn
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 22, 2022
Notably, this is also the clip in which she says she didn’t contact — or “doesn’t recall” contacting — anyone other than her family during the attack.
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