The White House blasted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday after she said that those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, would have been armed if she had the one to plan the attack. The White House has maintained that this type of rhetoric is both violent and perpetuates violence.
On Saturday Greene fought back against the claims that both she and former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon had been involved in planning the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
She added in her response that if she and Bannon had been the ones to organize the attack then they would have certainly won, and those who entered the Capitol would have been armed. These statements were made while she attended a gala for the New York Young Republicans Club on Saturday.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates released a statement following Greene’s comments calling on all other leaders to condemn her remarks, which as he notes are dangerous.
Bates added that having a member of Congress wish for a successful insurrection on January 6th goes against all of the values set forth in the U.S. He also added that Greene should not be boasting that she would have led a successful armed insurrection against the government.
Finally, he concluded that this sort of “violent rhetoric is a slap in the face to the Capitol Police, the DC Metropolitan Police, the National Guard, and the families who lost loved ones as a result of the attack on the Capitol.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also said that Greene’s remarks were “dangerous” and “vile.” She also called for leaders to condemn what she said.