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.
In support of an upcoming resolution that states the former president “did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States,” a group of Republican representatives spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Matt Gaetz is the resolution’s lead author.
Gaetz said the resolution has 63 co-sponsors in the House, and Sen. JD Vance intends to file a companion resolution in the upper chamber.
Rep. Andy Biggs, speaking fifth in a long queue of frustrated Republicans, accused the news media of pressuring 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 went on to say.
The congressman supported his point by citing 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 is running for reelection in a new district after being narrowly reelected in 2022, described the court’s decisions as a “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 went on to say.
A few members later, firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene addressed the assembled press, yelling “shame on you” several times. She also told reporters, “You’re hurting your own careers and your industry” by calling the former President an “insurrectionist.”
Just over an hour after a federal appeals court decided that Trump could face criminal charges in the special counsel Jack Smith’s election interference case, the GOP held a press conference.
Even if the two drafts are passed in the Senate and House, they will not stop the federal cases against the former commander in chief. However, Gaetz believes they will still have some impact.