Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said after visiting accused Jan. 6 rioters currently locked up in the DC Department of Corrections that they are being “tortured” by jail personnel who also want to “re-education them.”
In an interview with Steve Bannon’s “War Room” on the Real America’s Voice network Friday, the Georgia Republican discussed her visit from the previous day to what she called the “patriot wing” of the DC Jail, noting that prisoners draw pictures of the American flag and sing the National Anthem every night at 9 p.m., as some cry.
“Last night I finally got into the deplorable jail, the DC jail where these people are being held for months on end in conditions like I’ve never seen in my life,” she said, adding that homeless people living in the nation’s capital, as well as Guantanamo Bay detainees, experienced better conditions.
“It’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen and every American in this country should be outraged at what’s happening. I don’t care how you vote,” Greene said.
“You should be outraged and disgusted that our government has turned into some kind of political weapon that tortures people in jail and wants to re-educate them and make them denounce the president that they love and denounce the country that they love,” Greene added.
Her visit and subsequent description of the jail facilities come as a federal judge called on the Justice Department to investigate claims of abuse and civil rights violations following reports of mistreatment of Jan. 6 inmates.
The failure of jail officials to turn over medical records for one inmate who suffered a broken wrist, while allegedly violating the rights of others, led U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to hold them in contempt, adding that the refusal to produce the records is “more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers,” raising the possibility that there is intentional mistreatment taking place.
“I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused. I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants . . . in this and maybe other cases,” he said during a hearing last month.
To that point, Taylor Greene noted in a subsequent tweet that many of the Jan. 6 prisoners are getting “virtually no medical care, very poor food quality, and being put through re-education which most of them are rejecting.”
During the interview, Greene held up a photo of one of the inmates, declaring, “I will not stop until this man and the rest of them are free and this happy once again.”
“Yes they are charged with crimes, yes they deserve their day in court, and justice should be served. But not justice that comes with a weapon of politics. Because politics is evil,” she said, going on to describe Jan. 6 detainees as “prisoners of war” and “political prisoners.”
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