Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) planned to hold a press conference at the U.S. Justice Department to complain that prisoners charged in the January 6th violent attack on Congress are being treated very much like prisoners. While these legislators don’t seem interested in addressing prison reform as a whole, they think that Donald Trump’s supporters, in particular, are being treated unfairly.
However, their press conference, held in front of the Justice Department building after they weren’t allowed in to disrupt the work going on inside with their theatrics, was cut off early. Ironically, while they supported the folks they say are just ‘patriots’ who were engaging in ‘peaceful protest’ on January 6th, they couldn’t handle a little counter-protest against their own event.
The full press conference can be seen at CSPAN here — it’s under 20 minutes long. However, for a focus on their sudden rush to escape, check out the clips below — including the one in which Greene tells the counter-protestors they can’t silence her, and the one in which she’s ushered away from the podium.
Real weird pic.twitter.com/yNqjC2tHoi
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 27, 2021
The GOP Presser on Jan 6th Prisoners was stopped early due to an interruption by protestors. pic.twitter.com/ce6TQekhOP
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 27, 2021
Signs can be seen in the small audience with text like “pedophiles for Trump,” “January 6th was an inside job,” and “Traitors & rapists: sit down.”
This particular round of political theater doesn’t appear to have attracted any significant crowd of supporters, and optics may have been especially bad with this immediately following the livestreaming of the first day of a House Committee interviewing officers injured in the attack these same prisoners are accused of carrying out. Still, its clearly been on the radar of Capitol Hill, where one aide described the group — Gosar, Gohmert, Greene, and Gaetz — as “The Seditious Four.”
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