Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a tweet on Saturday declaring ‘today and everyday is 1776’ just hours after denying under oath that she knew the term was sometimes used as far-right shorthand for a violent uprising.
The post came the morning after the Republican extremist from Georgia was repeatedly asked about the mandate during a court hearing about whether she could run for re-election under the 14th Amendment, which bars elected to participate in insurgencies.
In a Georgia courtroom on Friday, Greene had seen video of an interview she gave to Newsmax the day before the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Greene said she did not recall speaking at the point of sale, a tactic she used repeatedly when confronted on the stand with recordings of her past statements.
“This is our 1776 moment,” she told the Newsmax host in the clip, saying that specific sentiment was shared by many of her GOP colleagues.
While 1776 is, of course, a pivotal year in American history, it was also co-opted by far-right groups like the Proud Boys, the extremist organization behind the “1776” online store. shop”. Some of the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol last year were pictured wearing clothes with “1776” prominently likening protesting Trump’s election defeat to revolution.
Greene told attorney Andrew Celli, who represents the group of voters suing her, that she “didn’t know much about the Proud Boys.”
Greene had urged his supporters to come out on Jan. 6, 2021, to protest Donald Trump’s election defeat. But the MP claimed she had never heard of anyone talking about violence at the protest, or that she had ever advocated violence for political gain. From the podium, she said “the moment of 1776” referred to the “courage to oppose” Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Saturday’s tweet was posted on Greene’s official Twitter page; his personal Twitter account was banned from the service last year after he used it to peddle lies about the 2020 election.