Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 6:30 PM ET, Tue October 26, 2021
(CNN)There have been lots and lots of attempts by Republicans — from Donald Trump on down — to rewrite the history of what happened on January 6 at the US Capitol.There was Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde (R) casting the insurrection as “a normal tourist visit.” And Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) insisting that it wasn’t an “armed insurrection” despite loads of evidence that it was. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) trying to cast Trump as blameless.But all of these efforts were aimed at downplaying what happened that day. Which is what makes what Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) said in an appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast Tuesday all the more fascinating and appalling.
“January 6 was just a riot at the Capitol and if you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says to overthrow tyrants,” Greene told Bannon.
Greene was attempting to draw a contrast between the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 — “an attack on innocent American people” and the January 6 riot at the Capitol. That comparison, of course, makes no sense.
But consider what Greene is advocating here. She isn’t saying that January 6 wasn’t as bad as the media says it was. She’s saying that it was an entirely justified action — necessary to “overthrow tyrants” as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.Enter your email to subscribe to the CNN Newsletter The Point with Chris Cillizza.close dialogSign up for CNN’s
Greene’s comments to Bannon should be condemned by every elected Republican in Washington — who knows that using the phrase “just a riot” and trying to somehow use the Declaration of Independence to justify the violence that day is idiotic, disrespectful and wrong.
That such condemnation almost certainly won’t happen speaks to the current state of the Republican Party.