Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she met recently with several people who were arrested for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, describing them as “political prisoners” who were being kept in deplorable conditions.
In a Friday interview with Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly, the Georgia Republican said that the conditions they were living in are “God-awful.”
“When we walked into that section of the jail that is completely separate from the rest of the inmates and the other pretrial defendants there – what I saw is what appeared to be men who were political prisoners of war,” Greene told Friday’s “Greg Kelly Reports.”
“They had thought that they were forgotten. They had thought that everyone didn’t care about them. They felt hopeless,” she added.
Newsmax reported further:
Despite being abandoned and abused by their country for Jan. 6, the inmates share a love of the country that does not love them back, singing the national anthem 9 p.m. every night in the “patriot wing,” Greene told host Greg Kelly.
Greene had been rejected on demands for months to visit the controversial D.C. jail – which has been scrutinized for inhumane treatment of inmates – and was only permitted to visit the “patriot wing” after being initially denied access. She said she refused to leave and it required phone calls on her three-hour tour to get access to the “political prisoners of war.”
“There’s people in this country that take a knee for our national anthem, people that make millions of dollars, but these men in jail, they sing, they stand for the national anthem, and they put their hand over their heart and they sing it more patriotically than I’ve ever heard in my life,” she added, noting further that Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and both of their congressional staffers sang along with them.
The Georgia lawmaker who was stripped of all her committee assignments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this year over previous tweets which she has since apologized for also rapped Americans for “being complacent.”
“It should never happen to anyone, and here’s what everyone can do: Stop being complacent, stop sitting on the sidelines, because complacency and sitting on the sidelines and refusing to speak out is why we are where we are in America,” Greene continued.
“You know this is the greatest country in the world, and we are not a country where people should just languish and rot away in jail simply because they didn’t like the outcome of an election,” she added.
“These are men that are charged with crimes, and I’m not defending what they had done at the Capitol, and I’m not defending the riot, because I did not like the riot, but what I am there for and the reason why I’m standing up for this issue is I am I am solidly against political witch-hunts,” Greene told Kelly.
“And I’m against what’s happening to these men and how they’re being treated, and I do believe in due process. I believe in justice. I believe in our court system, and I don’t think politics should have anything to do with it,” Greene noted further.
“And these are men that have committed misdemeanors, and they have been held for nearly 10 months now, some of them since they were arrested in January, and it’s time for America to wake up. We can’t allow this to happen in our country.”
Even though Democrats in blue cities are doing away with cash bail, the Jan. 6 prisoners have been denied bail and “forced to stay in there, in horrible conditions,” Greene said.
“These people are there living in horrible conditions,” she continued. “Broken toilets, they can’t use the toilet. There’s mold on the walls.”
“Imagine, on misdemeanor charges, being treated that way,” said the Georgia Republican. “We’re seeing high crime and we are seeing people live in and God-awful conditions that should not exist.”