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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., refused to buy into the Democratic Party’s daylong campaign to mark the one year anniversary of a protest that went awry on Jan. 6, 2021, as an insurrection, a direct assault on democracy, appearing on Stephen Bannon’s podcast Thursday to declare, “We’re ashamed of nothing.”
With a heavy assist from the media, Democrats have worked diligently for a year to conflate a lawful protest from pissed off, yet peaceful voters who honestly believed that the election was stolen via fraud with the out-of-control riot that eventually broke out at the Capitol, painting not only former President Donald Trump as the instigator of that violence, but also tarnishing Trump supporter who were present that day as terrorists — few bother to examine that there were many different groups at the Capitol that day with many different motivations.
“We’re ashamed of nothing. We’re proud of the work we did on January 6th to make legitimate arguments about election integrity,” Gaetz told Bannon on Thursday. “So we’re going to make those arguments today in a press conference at 2:15 p.m. And we’re actually going to go walk the grounds that patriotic Americans walked — from the White House to the Capitol — who had no intent of breaking the law and doing violence.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz: “We’re ashamed of nothing. We’re proud of the work we did on January 6th and we’re actually going to walk the grounds that patriotic Americans walked from the White House to the Capitol.”pic.twitter.com/UGVif2pW5F
— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) January 6, 2022
Gaetz has been a vocal Trump supporter, and he was joined on the podcast by U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Ga., who was just permanently suspended on Twitter for allegedly sharing “misinformation” about COVID-19 — the lawmaker shared data from the government’s own Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
“They want to disqualify President Trump, he’s the ultimate prize,” Greene said, in reference to Democrats. “Force him out because they know he has all the support.”
In reporting on the lawmaker’s appearance on the podcast, the New York Times stated, “Around the same time President Biden said former President Donald J. Trump encouraged the violence that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, some of Mr. Trump’s most prominent supporters deflected blame for the attack during an appearance on a live online show.”
After walking the aforementioned grounds, Gaetz said Jan. 6 was “less of an insurrection and more of a fed-surrection.”
“Congresswoman Greene and I are not here to celebrate January 6, we are not here to obsess about it, but we are here to expose the truth. To ask key questions about what happened on Jan. 6,” Gaetz said that the press conference, questioning whether the federal government “may have been involved” in some events that day.
“We know this, January 6 last year wasn’t an insurrection. No one has been charged with insurrection. No one has been charged with treason,” he explained. “But it may very well have been a ‘fedsurrection.'”
The lawmaker said they are seeking answers to individuals who seemingly played key roles in events that fateful day, yet are of little interest to the FBI and noted the reluctance of the bureau to discuss the federal assets on the ground.
.@RepMattGaetz: “Congresswoman Greene and I are not here to celebrate January 6th. We are not here to obsess about it, but we are here to expose the truth…January 6th last year wasn’t an insurrection…but it may very well have been a ‘fedsurrection.'” pic.twitter.com/BZkQTmGdFi
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2022
“We did not want the Republican voice to go unheard, and we did not want today’s historical narrative to be hijacked and captured by those who are the true insurrectionists,” Gaetz said at the conclusion of his remarks.
In taking questions from the media, Gaetz reiterated his concerns about the role the federal government played on January 6, 2021.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2022
The full press conference can be seen here:
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