A former Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin on Thursday slammed his party for lying about the nature of the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.
Former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) told CNN's John Berman that he was shocked watching so many Republicans downplay the events of January 6th, with some even questioning whether the violent rioters who were draped in Trump gear were actually Trump supporters.
"It defies explanation, John," he said. "I'm not sure how they can say it. You have to deny what you actually see and what we just saw, and you must deny the truth, and this is part of the problem."
Ribble said that ousted GOP leader Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was exactly right to not back down in the face of party pressure to move on from the MAGA riots and to keep pushing for the party to escape Trump's thrall.
"I thought her floor speech was powerful, which was that we must build a future that's built on telling the American people the truth," he said. "And this coalition that we're getting to form here is to try to push the party back to truthfulness and back to common sense."
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The Trump administration delayed the first-ever report from the Environmental Protection Agency blaming humans for climate change.
The EPA acknowledged in a 2017 report that human activity was, at least in part, to blame for glaciers shrinking, sea levels rising, coastal flooding and other threats, but the agency's climate change indicators website was not updated under former president Donald Trump, reported the BBC.
"Combatting climate change - it's not optional. It's essential at EPA," said the agency's administrator Michael Regan, who was appointed by President Joe Biden. "We will move with a sense of urgency because we know what's at stake."
The EPA had never before attributed global warming to human activity, even during Barack Obama's administration, but the agency neglected to release its findings under Trump, who had called climate change a "hoax."
The report shows data from dozens of federal agencies to show the damage already caused by climate change, including coastal flooding and wildfires, and attributed rising temperatures to increased energy consumption -- which has nearly doubled in summer months since 1973.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) raised safety concerns inside the U.S. Capitol after she aggressively confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outside the House chamber.
Two Washington Post reporters overheard the Georgia Republican twice call out to Ocasio-Cortez by her first name, and the New York Democrat kept walking, so Greene picked up her pace and shouted accusations at her colleague and demanded a public debate.
"You don't care about the American people," Greene shouted. "Why do you support terrorists and antifa?"
Ocasio-Cortez thew up her hands in exasperation, and her office contacted the Sergeant at Arms to discuss security inside the Capitol after the Jan. 6 insurrection -- and Greene's actions didn't go over well on social media.
Marjorie Taylor Greene calling Representative Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer is akin to the cheating spouse… https://t.co/l5GrpQ1N9X— stonecircle (@stonecircle) 1620901128.0
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez knows ignoring Marjorie Greene will drive her completely nuts It's like a high school bully try… https://t.co/OCCbeJeR52— Susan🌊✌ (@Susan🌊✌) 1620902085.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't realize how ridiculously stupid she sounds when she accuses Rep. Ocasio-Cortez of su… https://t.co/6EVH1V8Vmw— Amy Lynn ✡️🐝 (@Amy Lynn ✡️🐝) 1620903430.0
It’s driving Marjorie even more batshit crazy that she can’t get under the skin of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. The Republic… https://t.co/UI4K8UMDmk— Mel the Enforcer (@Mel the Enforcer) 1620903106.0
#MarjorieTaylorGreene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing @AOC to call on Capitol Police to do their… https://t.co/DSxGLRj5tl— 𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚 Persuasion 🆒💙🗽🇺🇸⚠️⚠️ ⚠️ (@𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝘽𝙡𝙪𝙚 Persuasion 🆒💙🗽🇺🇸⚠️⚠️ ⚠️) 1620901839.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene chased Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez yesterday like she was a school shooting victim outside… https://t.co/aCo4FeEzgA— Kyla In The Burgh 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@Kyla In The Burgh 🏳️🌈🏴☠️) 1620901388.0
Hey Kev @GOPLeader, you better get a handle on the House Witch Marjorie Taylor Greene. The chaos and mayhem is what… https://t.co/ubFypdiKu2— W. Marc Paine (@W. Marc Paine) 1620903097.0
Wait....Seditionist Rep. Greene whose closest ally & friend participated in the insurrection actually shouted at Re… https://t.co/X1IjZjPX7h— 🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤 (@🖤🦋Rowan Moon🦋🖤) 1620903120.0
Rep. Greene aggressively confronted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez because that’s what the Quazy Trumplican party has devolved… https://t.co/cZqGQIuNlt— RollTide69 (@RollTide69) 1620902140.0
Just because Marjorie Taylor Greene can do this makes her think she’s tough enough to try and bully Rep. Ocasio-Cor… https://t.co/SKOe9Cl2AZ— Brooklyn (@Brooklyn) 1620903050.0
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a f**king attention seeking QAnon idiot who appears afraid of and lashes out at tho… https://t.co/3anqFHCLNM— DorindaAVYS (@DorindaAVYS) 1620902715.0
This woman is the perfect representation of the uncivil, confrontational, bigoted degradation of our society. Rep.… https://t.co/VV2kSCC7mt— BDkinss -WearADamnMask-🌊🇺🇲 (@BDkinss -WearADamnMask-🌊🇺🇲) 1620903532.0
The actions of MTG are going to cause violence. @SpeakerPelosi WHAT are YOU going to do about this TODAY? Rep. Gre… https://t.co/A46QxcHUSP— Susan Gross (@Susan Gross) 1620902786.0
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