On January 6, former President Donald Trump's lies about the validity of the 2020 election prompted a mob of pro-Trump extremists to storm the United States Capitol in hopes of upending the joint congressional session nationally certifying then-President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The rioters shattered windows, smeared excrement across the walls, and came within feet of lawmakers whose lives they endangered and for whom they called to be executed.
To make matters worse, the lies that prompted the failed insurrection were gleefully amplified by Republican lawmakers, many of whom likened January 6 to a "1776 moment." Among these was Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
Stripped of her committee assignments for her past support of conspiracy theories and the executions of her now-colleagues, Greene heavily relies on social media to fan the flames of division that got her elected.
Such was the case on Sunday, when Greene posted a diatribe calling Democrats "the enemy within."
Democrat policies are destructive and #AmericaLast. Dem shutdowns killed 100’s of thousands of small businesses.… https://t.co/qJnBtYi5j1— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1619992338.0
The tweet received widespread rebuke, especially from Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who noted that, as the rioters were getting closer to members of Congress, he prepared to take a pen and stab them if the need arose.
I was trying to figure what type of pen to stab your friends with if they overran us on the floor of the House of R… https://t.co/W7a7WrnQyb— Ruben Gallego (@Ruben Gallego)1619996123.0
In a nonsensical response, Greene called Gallego a coward and accused him of seeking attention.
I didn’t even know about your dumb tweet until @Newsweek’s fake news piece but I guess this is how you get attentio… https://t.co/YNpQGNHqvC— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1620138006.0
Gallego dismissed her accusations.
Hearing you complain about someone getting attention is laughable. There were many heroes in the House of Represe… https://t.co/qwX4FvlHSx— Ruben Gallego (@Ruben Gallego)1620138523.0
On January 6, Greene was one of the Republican lawmakers who moved to dispute the election results in swing states Trump lost—an effort to overturn valid and certified votes cast by the American people.
Gallego's initial rebuke of Greene made waves online.
I have no words because Ruben says it best. https://t.co/fRBaVP9Chd— Mueller, She Wrote (@Mueller, She Wrote)1620069570.0
Ruben Gallego Twitter is the best Twitter. https://t.co/WXpsIl1UPD— Lucy Caldwell (@Lucy Caldwell)1620043630.0
*standing ovation* https://t.co/IpbkPmIIUD— MadDogPAC (@MadDogPAC)1620043502.0
Greene's insistence on painting Democrats as domestic terrorists wasn't kindly received.
says the woman who aided the insurrection https://t.co/nKlOiiVzxV— DawnisComing (@DawnisComing)1620059639.0
Domestic terrorist and enemy says what? https://t.co/rDxUhJKMtt— Inspector Gadget (@Inspector Gadget)1620056787.0
Aren't you the one that said that a plane never crashed into the Pentagon, the Parkland shooting was a hoax and tha… https://t.co/1Lx9HD3Mfn— Cliff W (@Cliff W)1620055161.0
You have, indeed, lost your brain! https://t.co/5G7AQdCTMk— Walter Klingler (@Walter Klingler)1620057393.0
This clown calling ANYONE an enemy within with a straight face is the funniest thing I've read in a week. https://t.co/N6sOfDqrhv— Thax (@Thax)1620049473.0
As a Rep., you should have access to intelligence briefings that would educate you on the nature of the nation’s tr… https://t.co/MXWhkrHeEx— Marcus Flowers (@Marcus Flowers)1620040621.0
Greene is up for reelection in 2022.