At a Capitol press conference, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene alleged that Jan 6 defendants are being treated “worse” than terrorists as they await the pending trial.
“They have been beaten by the guards. They are called white supremacists. They are denied religious services, haircuts, shaving, the ability to trim their fingernails,” she claimed at an event along with Reps. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.
This is a group of men who have no idea of when they are going to court, no ability to bail out, no ability to see their family, and being mistreated and abused worse than terrorists at Gitmo.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) December 7, 2021
Today, I released my report called Unusually Cruel.
READ: https://t.co/y7ns0mBxGY pic.twitter.com/eJBQpYw1W1
She insisted Jan 6 prisoners were being “mistreated and abused worse than we treat terrorists at Gitmo,” in reference to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“They are told that they have to denounce President Trump. They are told that their views are the views of cult members Even though these are men that every single night at 9:00 at night, they put their hand over their heart and sing the national anthem voluntarily,” she reported.
Green, who had her committee assignments stripped by the House for some of her prior statements about QAnon conspiracy theories, suggested prisoners were being subjected to Critical Race Theory training. She stated that they were “mocked because of their political beliefs.”
She was visibly irked when a reporter told her he didn’t remember seeing her hold a press conference for the “unusually cruel” treatment of Capitol Police officers. This referenced
the bear spray and weapons rioters used on officers. Greene responded that she has spoken against violence against police.
"We are going to take power after this next election. When we do, it's not going to be the days of Paul Ryan, and Trey Gowdy, and no real oversight, and no real subpoenas. It's going to be the days of Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Dr. Gosar, and myself." pic.twitter.com/WQCt9pCw8e— Art TakingBack 🇺🇸 (@ArtValley818_) December 8, 2021
She also said prisoners were “force-fed gluten food” despite having celiac disease, causing illness and fasting. Last month, on Steve Bannon’s podcast, she said an inmate wasn’t able to get gluten-free meals without paying an extra fee.
She added that the defendants she spoke to had public defenders who “hate them” and who “tell them they have to renounce their political views, want them to watch videos and read books that basically is critical race theory training.”
“No one’s been charged with insurrection,” Gohmert said, speaking about those accused of various offenses in connection to the riot.
“In fact, if they were going to charge someone with insurrection, it’s beginning to sound more like those would be agents for the federal government that was there stirring things up, trying to get people to engage in violence,” he claimed.
Marjorie Taylor Greene @mtgreenee gives more details about the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners, and says that they have to watch and read content that "basically is critical race theory training" in order to get legal representation. pic.twitter.com/FOUCGMOtxX— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 7, 2021
D.C. Judge Royce Lamberth freed a Jan 6 defendant last month, arguing there were “deplorable and beyond belief” conditions at the D.C. facility where they were being held.
U.S. Marshals were transferring 400 out of a section plagued by clogged toilets and the water was shut off.
At a hearing last month, witnesses testified that conditions had been problematic at the jail for years but didn’t get wide attention until the Jan 6 defendants were held there.