Statement: House Majority’s Response to Potential Trump Indictment Shows MAGA Loyalty, Embrace of Jan. 6-Style Violence

Washington, D.C. — MAGA House members, currently gathering for a retreat in Orlando, have already begun reflexively defending former President Donald Trump following news that he may be indicted this week for doctoring his accounting books to obscure payments he made to conceal extramarital affairs from voters during a heated presidential campaign. Some members are even supporting Trump’s calls for protests, leading to concerns about political violence along the lines of the January 6th Capitol riots.

“MAGA House leaders’ knee-jerk reaction to defend Donald Trump without any regard for the evidence is a damning reminder of their extremism and unadulterated loyalty to the former president, who clearly remains the de facto leader of their party,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor to the House Accountability War Room. “Marjorie Taylor Greene and many others supporting Trump’s call to protest the potential outcome of a legal proceeding bear alarming similarities to those made by Trump and his MAGA allies that incited a violent insurrection. They seem to forget that, in America, nobody is above the law — not even a former president of the United States ” 

Examples of MAGA House reactions to the news:

  • Kevin McCarthy: “Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump. I’m directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling…for protests. Greene also promoted a conspiracy theory on Twitter: “How many Feds/Fed assets are in place to turn protest against the political arrest of Pres Trump into violence?” and encouraged Republicans to “go scorched earth.”
  • Lauren Boebert: “We all need to be speaking up against the political persecution of President Trump. This is not the time for silence.”

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