The judge in the administrative hearing in Georgia Friday laughed and appeared to facepalm as freshman firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) defended her invocation of our nation’s founding year, 1776, by pointing to the Georgia state seal with “1776” on it hung behind the judge in the courtroom. Greene was facing down an effort by progressives to kick her off the November ballot for reelection by having her declared an ‘insurrectionist’ ineligible for federal office under the 14th Amendment over the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Greene has denied any involvement in the riot and has denounced the violence. Greene has also been a staunch supporter of the due process rights of the riot defenders.
Greene testified for about three hours. Plaintiffs attorneys did not evince any evidence to make their fraudulent case against Greene.
Georgia state Judge Charles Beaudrot, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and plaintiffs’ attorney , screen image vis RSBN.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment reads, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
The plaintiffs’ attorneys played a video clip of Greene on January 5, 2021, calling the GOP effort to challenge Brandon electors at the joint session of Congress the following day on January 6 to count Electoral College votes a “1776 moment.”
Marge Greene has no memory of saying, “this is our 1776 moment” in a Newsmax interview on J5, and no memory of talking to Lauren Boebert about that. pic.twitter.com/JwDqq43Low
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 22, 2022
Greene’s pointing out 1776 on the state seal drew laughter and an apparent facepalm from the judge.
When the petitioner tries to get MTG to say that her use of “1776” was a call for violence, she points out that 1776 is on the Georgia state seal:
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed our state seal here in Georgia, but as you can see we enjoy our history and are proud of our freedom pic.twitter.com/fYDW6q7Iig
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 22, 2022
“You know that the term 1776 is actually a term that’s sometimes used in politics today.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “1776 is on our state seal.” pic.twitter.com/RHBMOH7f5s
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 22, 2022
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a Greene ally who was in the courtroom, said he saw the judge laugh, Petitioner tries to get MTG to accept that any reference to 1776 is a call to violence. She points out that 1776 is on the state seal hanging in the courtroom. Judge laughs.”
Petitioner tries to get MTG to accept that any reference to 1776 is a call to violence.
She points out that 1776 is on the state seal hanging in the courtroom.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 22, 2022
Gaetz also posted a photo of the seal.
This seal hangs over the Georgia Courthouse hearing the MTG matter.
Note the 1776 date.
Why would such an idol to insurrection be allowed here? pic.twitter.com/ECAuF0EdGP
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 22, 2022
The BBC also reported the judge laughed, “Under oath, she said that she had no memory of that statement and denied that references to 1776 amounted to a secret call for violence. The Georgia state seal hanging in the court, she noted, has the year “1776” written on it, prompting a laugh from the judge.”
An attorney for the plaintiffs tried to equate Greene’s remarks with the 1996 Will Smith, Randy Quaid film, Independence Day.
Lawyer Ron Fein asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene if she quoted the movie “Independence Day,” quoting her as saying, “We aren’t the people that are going to go quietly into the night.” The 1996 movie starring Will Smith uses similar phrasing.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 22, 2022
Quaid spoke out in response, calling the hearing a witch hunt, “Wow @RepMTG is being asked in a courtroom to disown the liking of The Constitution and the Civil War and, bizarrely, my film Independence Day— specifically a scene where I volunteer my services as a pilot to take down the Aliens! WITCH-HUNT!”
Wow @RepMTG is being asked in a courtroom to disown the liking of The Constitution and the Civil War and, bizarrely, my film Independence Day— specifically a scene where I volunteer my services as a pilot to take down the Aliens! WITCH-HUNT!
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) April 22, 2022