Two of the biggest promoters of former President Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him—Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia—have worked tirelessly to downplay the Republican party's role in the January 6 insurrection, which their election conspiracies incited.
In the year since the mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol, Republican lawmakers and media personalities have scrambled to downplay the severity of the deadly riot, likening the insurrectionists to tourists and insisting the attack was nonviolent.
But Greene and Gaetz have taken this a step further by repeatedly suggesting the riots were somehow instigated by intelligence officials working to discredit the Republican party. And in the hours after the attack, both representatives voted against certifying the votes of swing states Trump lost.
In an interview with far-right former Trump official Steve Bannon, both Gaetz and Greene insisted they were proud of the work they did to undermine the election on January 6.
Gaetz told Bannon:
"We're ashamed of nothing. We're proud of the work we did on January 6 to make legitimate arguments about election integrity."
Shortly after, the pair proceeded to the Capitol where they held a press conference baselessly accusing the FBI of deliberately inciting the riots.
Their positions were widely decried on social media.
The overall Republican response to the insurrection has been condemned as well.
The sole Republican representative to show up on the House floor to commemorate the attack was Liz Cheney of Wyoming.