GOP Congressman Blames Media for Trump Getting Tied to Insurrection
- Years after the January 6 Capitol riots, grand juries have charged Trump in connection with the event.
- Now, congressional Republicans are filing a resolution absolving him of criminal insurrection.
- An hour earlier, an appeals court ruled Trump is not immune from prosecution tied to January 6.
A House Republican blamed the media for former President Donald Trump being removed from ballots as members of the GOP plan to file a resolution absolving him of the crimes he’s been charged with in connection to January 6.
A group of GOP representatives spoke at a press conference midday Tuesday in support of an upcoming resolution led by Rep. Matt Gaetz that says the former president “did not engage in insurrection rebellion against the United States.”
Gaetz said the resolution has 63 co-sponsors in the House, adding that Sen. JD Vance plans to file a companion resolution in the upper chamber.
Speaking fifth in a long series of frustrated Republicans, Rep. Andy Biggs directly accused the news media of leading Colorado and Maine to remove Trump from their presidential ballots.
“It was not an insurrection, but the craze-o’s on the left supported by their accomplices in the media continue to try to harass and have President Trump removed from ballots using this false narrative,” he said.
The congressman supported his argument by referencing a secretly recorded tape from the now-defunct Project Veritas of a New York Times reporter downplaying the January 6 Capitol riots in 2022.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, who’s campaigning for reelection in a new district after narrowly getting reelected in 2022, called the court’s decisions an “unprecedented” witch hunt against Trump.
“And the woke mob, the fake news, and the leftist government officials who are engaging in this extortion should be downright ashamed of themselves,” she said.
A few members later, firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene raised her voice at the press gathered in the audience, yelling “shame on you” several times. She also told reporters, “You’re hurting your own careers and you’re hurting your industry” by labeling the former president an “insurrectionist.”
The GOP members held the press conference just over an hour after a federal appeals court ruled that Trump could legally be charged with a crime in the election interference case led by special counsel Jack Smith.
As congressional resolutions are not binding law, even if the two drafts are passed in the Senate and House, they won’t stop the federal cases already filed against the former commander in chief, though Gaetz said he felt it would still hold some weight.