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Marjorie Taylor Greene Jan. 6 event canceled after backlash

By Jake Beardslee · January 5, 2024

In brief…

  • Florida venue cancels Marjorie Taylor Greene event after learning it focused on Jan. 6 insurrection anniversary
  • Event was originally pitched as just a book signing, no mention of Jan. 6 focus
  • Democrats criticized local GOP for hosting event commemorating Jan. 6 with Greene
  • Unclear if event will be rescheduled elsewhere
A central Florida venue canceled a Marjorie Taylor Greene event after discovering it was intended to commemorate the January 6 anniversary.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America/Wikimedia

A central Florida venue has canceled a planned event featuring Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene after learning it was intended to commemorate the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to NBC News.

The event was to be hosted by the local Republican Party at a Kissimmee resort. It was originally presented to the venue as a small book signing with Rep. Greene, without mention of the January 6th insurrection. “Please be advised that [the venue] was not made aware of the purpose of this event when we were approached to host a book signing,” the venue said in a statement. “This event has been canceled and is no longer taking place at our resort.”

Rep. Greene has been an outspoken supporter of former President Trump’s claims of a stolen 2020 election and has downplayed the severity of the Capitol riot that left five dead and injured around 140 police officers. Last year, Greene controversially said that had she organized the January 6th events, the rioters “would have won” and been “armed.” She later claimed her comments were “sarcasm.”

The planned event immediately drew criticism from Florida Democrats upon reports that it was to commemorate January 6th. One state lawmaker expressed dismay that the local Republican Party was hosting an anniversary event marking January 6th with Greene as a featured guest.

It is unclear whether the canceled event will be rescheduled elsewhere.