Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) have been pushing a campaign to convince the public that the defendants charged with attacking Congress on January 6th are being treated unfairly for their alleged crimes. Though the two haven’t spent their careers fighting for better treatment of pre-trial prisoners across the nation, it’s been a key issue for them since charges hit hundreds of Donald Trump’s supporters.
At their Tuesday press conference, a reporter called the pair out, not for fighting for humane treatment of Federal prisoners, but for focusing on this to the exclusion of other humanitarian issues, including speaking out about the cruel treatment of Capitol officers that day, allegedly at the hands of the very folks Gaetz and Greene are defending so fiercely.
“I don’t remember you holding a press conference for the unusually cruel treatment of Capitol Police officers,” a reporter can be heard saying in the clip below. Greene responds blusteringly, saying that while she didn’t hold a press conference for those officers, she did support awarding them medals for their bravery that day.
Reporter: I don’t remember you holding a press conference for the unusually cruel treatment of Capitol Police officers pic.twitter.com/rpfpchlXMe
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 7, 2021
Unfortunately though, the record shows otherwise. The ABC affiliate News Channel 9 reports that Gaetz and Greene — along with ten other Republicans — voted against giving medals to Capitol Police for their heroism on January 6th.
Instead, several Republicans supported a piece of alternative legislation that they described as “honoring [U.S. Capitol Police’s] heroism without pushing a hidden agenda” — and rejected the actual proposal, saying that they objected to the bill’s reference to the attack with the word “insurrection.”
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