While testifying during a hearing to determine if she is legally qualified to run for reelection, Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied that she ever called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “traitor.”
Greene became the first sitting member of Congress to testify under oath about the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Some accuse her of helping to incite the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol over the belief that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ from former President Donald Trump.
Andrew Celli, the lawyer who represents the group of voters trying to block Greene’s reelection prospects, asked her if she thought “Pelosi is a traitor to the country.”
“I’m not answering that,” Greene replied, saying the question amounted to “speculation.”
“You’ve said that haven’t you?” Celli pressed.
“No, I haven’t said that,” Greene responded, to which Celli directed the court’s attention to “Exhibit 5.”
“Oh no, wait, hold on now, I believe by not upholding — securing the border, that that violates her oath of office,” Greene interjected as the display was about to go up.
Here is the video of the comments she initially denied: pic.twitter.com/cUVT4Bcr06
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“Fair enough, I’m not interested in her oath of office, I’m interested in that you said that she is a traitor to our country,” Celli continued, before showing Greene documentation of her saying exactly that.
“She’s a traitor to our country, she’s guilty of treason,” Greene says in a video, which she reportedly posted on Facebook at the time. “She took an oath to protect American citizens and uphold our laws. And she gives aid and comfort to our enemies who illegally invade our land. That’s what treason is. And by our law representatives and senators can be kicked out and no longer serve in our government. And it’s, uh, it’s a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason.”
Celli then asked if Greene had liked a post that said, “It’s quicker that a bullet to the head would be a quicker way to remove Nancy Pelosi from the role of Speaker?”
“I have had many people manage my social media account over the years,” Greene replied. “I have no idea who liked that.”
Watch the exchange below:
Here's Marjorie Taylor Greene denying that she ever said Speaker Pelosi was a "traitor to our country" and then being presented with evidence that she, in fact, said that. pic.twitter.com/RbFKLZJi01
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